b/w film recommendation for wedding photography


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Been using kodak's tmax 100 for weddings. Am thinking of exploring other types of film for indoor and outdoor use. Your recommendation will be much appreciated

Criteria :

1. don't know how to rate film, so need to use the film as-is
2. Must not be too grainy for 8X10 and 10X12 prints
3. more realistic skin tones

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you can give the ilford range a try. the delta professional series has very fine grain and excellent contrast. they also have a xp2 series which uses C41 processing. best of all, both are reasonably priced.
 

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gohfigure said:
you can give the ilford range a try. the delta professional series has very fine grain and excellent contrast. they also have a xp2 series which uses C41 processing. best of all, both are reasonably priced.
I would second the Ilford Delta range, Delta 400 and Delta 3200, being great choices for weddings. If you are worried about the grain, use Ilford HP5+ and push to ISO800, then make sure you develop it accordingly. If you are able to order Kodak Portra 400 BW which is a C41 film, that would be really great. Try ordering from B&H. Otherwise, here are my preferences, which you may find useful, in this order.
1. Kodak Tri-X 400
2. Ilford HP5+
3. Ilford Delta 400 (too sharp for my liking, esp for portraits)
4. Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2 Super.
Hope more peoples' opinions and preferences can help u decide your own chioce.
 

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icebooke said:
I would second the Ilford Delta range, Delta 400 and Delta 3200, being great choices for weddings. If you are worried about the grain, use Ilford HP5+ and push to ISO800, then make sure you develop it accordingly. If you are able to order Kodak Portra 400 BW which is a C41 film, that would be really great. Try ordering from B&H. Otherwise, here are my preferences, which you may find useful, in this order.
1. Kodak Tri-X 400
2. Ilford HP5+
3. Ilford Delta 400 (too sharp for my liking, esp for portraits)
4. Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2 Super.
Hope more peoples' opinions and preferences can help u decide your own chioce.
have you used kodak portra 400 bw before? the picture on the web site looks really impressive. it's sad they don't bring it in. i tend to get very little contrast with T400CN.
 

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andylee

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Hi there,

I usually use HP-5 rate at ISO 320 and FP-4 rated at ISO 100. Both from Ilford. They gives me better midtones.........
 

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andylee

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gohfigure said:
have you used kodak portra 400 bw before? the picture on the web site looks really impressive. it's sad they don't bring it in. i tend to get very little contrast with T400CN.
Used CN before but need to put red filters for more contrast........
 

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thanks for the tips!:think:

seems like a lot of iso400 films recommendations here... will probably give ilford a try, particularly fp5. I did hear that ilford's grain isn't as 'bad' as kodak's.

wouldn't go for anything that uses c41 processing now cos I kinda enjoy processing my own film :p
 

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kristlbel said:
thanks for the tips!:think:

seems like a lot of iso400 films recommendations here... will probably give ilford a try, particularly fp5. I did hear that ilford's grain isn't as 'bad' as kodak's.

wouldn't go for anything that uses c41 processing now cos I kinda enjoy processing my own film :p
It's a nice feeling that you know that your film is safe in your hands rather than someone who never moniter the temp,correct timing etc....... :bsmilie:
 

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Don't know if it will help, but some books say you can use a yellow-green filter for more 'realistic' skin-tone rendition (in relation to how other colours turn out).
 

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