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    what film does every one use for 35mm

    just had a thaught what film everyone uses at tafe we use ilford fp4 plus 125
    and ilford hp5 plus 400 was wondering what others used and why whats diffrence

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    G'day JC

    Hard to answer this Q these days with so many of us on digital...

    But in my film days, I used FP4 almost exclusively, rated it between ISO-64 & ISO-1600 ... varied developing time and agitation to compensate and used to produce 16" x 20" prints quite okay.

    Re: Agitation - it's needed to ensure that 'fresh' chemical is always in contact with the emulsion, but too much &/or too vigorous agitation produces lots of grain. So agitation was "two gentle tank inversions at the start, then one inversion per minute for next 5 minutes, then none at all till end of developing time ... often 8-15 minutes in total.

    Developer was (mostly) Ilford ID-11 diluted at 1:1 or 1:3

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    thanks for the reply we use id 11 at tafe cant wait to get back to tafe and get in the darkroom have like 5 rolls black and white to develope

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    HP5 mostly; for C41 or transparency, whatever is handy.
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    Hi
    I use velvia 50 a lot, it brings out the rich colours in the landscapes, but it's quite expensive in Australia, ultra max is a 400 negative film, which is cheap, fuji superior is a quick film for action, a bit grainy at times, for the black and whites I use fuji across, it's a 100 film very good film, kodak 125px, any of the kodak tmax films are good, on the fast films I prefer kodak T Max3200.
    Its all a matter of trial and error, you will get to know what you like using in a short time, my photograhy teacher swore by fp4, but I am not that keen on it.
    I find fuji has warmer colours than kodak.


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    If im still using film, Velvia slide films for sure, love love love the colours!

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    I forgot to mention, I use T-Max developer, make sure you get the one for roll film and not sheet film unless you are developing sheet, a fotospeed stop bath, a paterson fixer and ILford wash and a kodak wetting agent, but with time you learn what you will like.

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    Velvia for Slide, and Kodak Tri-X for b/w
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    I agree with a few above posts:
    • Velvia for slides
    • Kodak as a general colour photo film
    • Agfa Superia as a backup
    • Ilford HP5 my favourite B&W
    • Kokdak TMax as a backup B&W


    I generally find Fuji is best for landscapes because it's more sensitive to producing greens, and Kodak as a reasonably balanced film.

    Have just moved to digital though... I used to do my own B&W developing and would still like to do more.

    Good luck with your course!

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    I loved the Ilford 3200 - though mostly because I am addicted to true film grain the size of golfball holes.

    I also loved Reala, it gives a beautiful realistic colour palette, nice saturation on reds and greens. Picks up skin tone beautifully too.
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    For me, I have become addicted to HP5+. It gives me the look I am after and is pretty easy to use. I have tried quite a few different films over the last 12 months, but I always seem to gravitate back to this.

    For colour, I really like Fuji 160C. I was suprised by how good the colours were. Fuji 400H is also interesting, but I still probably prefer the 160C.

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    I like Kodak VC and UC 400.
    Fuji Reala and Velvia 50, and finally TX400 for black and white.

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    Just a comment: isn't it interesting how we each have our preferences, and based on our styles, processing methods, preferences and probably camera use and experience?

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    Fuji Acros is pretty hard to beat for my purposes in B&W. Fuji Astia F is possibly the greatest reversal film ever made and I am busting to give the Ektar 100 neg a run.

    But mostly it is B&W for film shooting for me and Acros looks to be where it lives for me, followed by Pan F+, FP4+ and some HP5+

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    Rather partial to Astia 100F, Provia 400X for slides,
    Superia Xtra-400 and Ektar 100 for colour negatives,
    Tri-X, XP2, Adox CMS 20/Rollei ATP, Neopan 400 and Ilford PanF in the b&w world.
    Here and there I try others, but end up coming back to the above.
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    HP5+ & FP4 exclusively now for B&W. 35mm and 120. D&P at home.
    Colour - whatever is in the box in the fridge. All sorts of stuff, mostly Fuji, Velvia, Portra, el-cheapo Superia, a little kodak still left. Haven't actually purchased any new stock in a while, but I'm still slowly using it up. Popped a couple of rolls through the F4 a couple of weeks back and loved it!
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    Tri-X 400, pushed to 1600 when required (stand development). My fav

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    I'm pretty new to film (and photography for that matter) but I mainly use the cheaper stuff like Fuji Superia 200 or Reala 100 when I can get them (unfortunately now being discontinued I think?) Also Fujichrome Sensia E6 which I really liked.

    I picked up some Velvia 100 last week for half price as it was a few months past it's use by date, I've shot a roll and I'm really looking forward to seeing the results when I pick them up tomorrow

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    Velvia 50 for landscapes, or fortia if its available.
    Ektar or Rollei CR200 (the e6 one) for general colour
    64T for night
    Rollei Retro 400, Neopan 400, ekfe 25 for B+W. Trix or neopan pushed to 6400 for low light stuff.
    Rollei IR for B+W IR work and the hand rolled super expensive aerochrome stuff for CIR.

    Same for my 120 work.
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    Usually shooting landscapes, so Velvia 50 for me as well. Nothing better than viewing the unmounted strips on a lightbox for the very first time.
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