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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: Selecting iso for daily shooting Reply with quote

Dear all,
I would like to your opinion which is the film that gives more saturated colors and more sharpness? To be honest I prefer very fast films, like asa 400 as allow me to use very fast shutter speeds all the time to avoid image blur and freeze most form of action.

I would like to hear though your personal preference (I am shooting normal film and not slides).

I would like to thank you in advance for your help


PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well on sunny daysFuji Superia 200 ISO is a good general purpose film and you can use fast shutter speeds like 1/500sec at f5.6, but if you must have an extra stop that 400 ISO film has over 200 ISO then expensive Kodak portra 400 is very good. But if you decide that fine grain and saturated colours are more important then Kodak Ektar 100 ISO is well liked by many people.
What do I use? well it's Fuji superia 200 and Fuji Reala 100 ISO (can't get it in 35mm anymore) and to save my stock of Superia and Reala would use cheap Agfa Vista for snaps.

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good reply by excalibur but everyone has an opinion so you could get a dozen different answers. Get used to the camera(s) first with cheapo Vista 200 then move on to something more along the lines of what you want.

A word of warning. Films are often only as good as the chemistry they were developed in. If the chemicals are worn out or old the results are going to be pretty ropey. OK, most small minilabs now use chemistry specially formulated for low volume machines, but I dont know how this is with fine grain or specialist films. A professional lab would do a better job (hopefully) and may provide you with better scans too.

Well done for keeping up with the film photography, I see the Zenit incident hasnt put you off.

I've used more films since Christmas than I have in the last 12 years. Its great, I love my old cameras!

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Alex can throw the Zenit away as a Minolta X-700 is on its way to him and it can take a M42 adapter for old screw lenses.

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually my second film roll is captured and I am about to ask for development from a photo store. I am so curious to see results Razz

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm a bit out of my depth here as I've stopped shooting color film (or will once my current stock dries up) and also shoot mostly very slow film (100 ISO is about as fast as I go during the daylight with most of my film being ISOs 12 to 25.

However, for an inexpensive film options, drug store brand film is always a good choice. No drug store chain has a film factory tucked away someplace so they're all buying and respooling Fuji, Kodak, or someone else (though I can't think of anyone who is even making color film besides those two.) So i would say grab a four-pack of your favorite ISO in store brand and go from there.

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

had some look on your work and I have to admit that I feel astonished about your work.
Today I shot my 3rd roll of film and I have to admit that God I enjoy this process. Is less strenuous that the digital cameras. I do not have a light meter so I have to rely too much on the f/16 rule and a bit of bracketing.

I wanted to ask you where you found 25 and 50 asa films these days...In the german market I found 100 film for slides
200 for color
400 for black and white and for color


PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Alaois,

So here are some crazy slow films to try and some sources:

ISO 25: Ilford PANF 50 pulled one stop. This is my favorite daylight film to shoot and pulling the PANF a stop really mellows the film's inherent contrast. For 50 ISO, Ilford's Delta 100 or their 125 films at 50 ISO are good choices (for the same reasons as above.)

I believe this is PanF 50 @ 25:

I believe this is Delta 100 @ 50:

Here's where things go crazy.

ISO 12: Kodak Vision 3 50D. Develop it like or alongside TMax 100. The film has a remjet antihalation layer that requires pre-removal or post-removal by film back massaging (my preferred method, though it takes a couple rolls to learn to do it without marring the emulsion side.) There's a sticky thread in this subforum that shows where to find and buy Kodak motion picture stocks. I don't have a sample image uploaded of this yet. It took me about 20 rolls to figure out how to get it to return an image. I have a roll ready to scan but haven't had time yet.

ISO 6: Kodak 5302 (I forget the film name). I have not personally used this film before but have read a little about it. It's on my list of to-try stocks.

ISO 1.6 (a full FOUR STOPS slower than ISO 25 film): Kodak 2383. This does NOT have a remjet layer and develops exactly like TMax 100 at ISO 1.6. It's so fine grained that it's nearly impossible to find focus with an enlarger focus finder. The grain is also smaller than the pixels on my Pentax K-3's sensor, so when I digitize with my DSLR I have to use a different film stock to grain focus with. The tones are a bit muted but the detail is simply astonishing.
Sample Image: