5x7 film recomendations

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  1. kayakerguy

    kayakerguy Member

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    I have been shooting 35mm and med format for awhile, but am new to LF. I would like to know if anyone else shoots 5x7, what films they recomend, and the best sources to purchase the film. Please help. I'm having a hard time finding anyone who stocks 5x7 film, other than B&H.

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  2. Donald Miller

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    While I don't use 5X7 (4X5 and 8X10), I like Efke PL100 developed in Pyrocat.
     
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    hi mark

    i have a 5x7 and use it pretty often. you might look into films from j&c, fp4 lookalike film from photowarehouse and there is a guy on ebay (mrfoto1) who sells plus-x aero film. i recently bought a few spools of the aero film and it is being cut down for 8x10.

    i don't shoot color with my 5x7 but i know of people that buy 8x10 chrome film from freestyle and cut it down to 5x7 in their darkroom.

    good luck!

    -john
     
  4. Tom Duffy

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    B&H, Adorama, Calumet all stock 5x7 black and white. Badger Graphic stocks all the usual B&W and a good range of color neg and transparency film.

    People have very strong opinions about film choice. My personal favorite is Tri-X 320 in Pyrocat HD. A good, strong image with lots of local contrast.
     
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    I shoot 5x7 b&W and my current sheet films are all from J&C. My primary film is Efke 100 and I also shoot J&C Classic 400 and Efke 25. I develop all of it in Pyrocat-HD.

    Click on the APUG J&C Photo button.
     
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    I'm shooting HP5+ from 35mm to 8x10. Great thing about Ilford is that they have all sizes without special ordering. Freestyle Sales is a great source on the West Coast (US).
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll be doing some shopping soon.

    One more question: has anyone used extremly slow speed films like the Efke 25? If so, What do you think?
     
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    Yes, as I mentioned previously, I shoot 5x7 Efke 25 and develop it in Pyrocat-HD. It is a very sharp, fine grained film - and unforgiving of exposure errors.
     
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    I use Ilford FP4+, EFKE PL100 and PL25, MACO UP100+ and a little HP5+.
    I have also used Tri-X, AGFA APX100 until it vanished, and various versions of graphic film.

    My main problem seems to be to get films that are slow enough for my taste.