Favourite Print Negative

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  1. AzRaeL

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    I am sure this must have flogged to death like any good dead horse but I'm a newbie. New here so I'll ask what must be the standard question:

    What's your favourite film?

    What's your least favourite?

    What's the cheapest?

    I've used a lot of Ilford Hp5+ cuz it seems to be the cheapest but so far I really really like Agfapan. I have Fuji Neopan loaded in my camera on the recommendation of a friend. I have Ilford PanF+ in my bag which I wanna try next. I wasn't too impressed with Tmax.
     
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    That's a tough question. It depends on the circumstances, what I want to convey, the effect I want, etc. But I guess I will say that APX100 is my favorite film. I don't know about a "least favorite"... can I say having no film is my least favorite?Cheapest? I bought some orwo pan for $1 a roll.
    -Grant
     
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    ---Like----
    B&W: Kodak Plus-X, Tri-X, Tmax400, Ilford FP-4+, SFX200
    Color Transparency: Kodak Ektachrome E100G , Fuji Astia
    Color Print: Fuji Reala 100, Kodak Supra, Fuji Superia X-tra 400

    ---Don't like---
    Kodak Tmax100
    Ilford HP-5,
    Kodak Gold 400 & 800
    Velvia (gasp!)


    ----Cheapest-----
    just got 8 rolls of Gold 100 at a local drug store for $8.40 !
     
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    All time, all around favorite has to be Tri-X but I've been Using a lot of Efke R50 And KB100 lately and loving it. By a happy coincidence, JandC is selling short dated KB100 at a buck eighty nine a roll just when I was looking to stock up.

    Least favorite? I never really liked Plus X when it was around.
     
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    B&W: FP4+ (120,135), HP5+ (120) and Neopan 400 (135)
    Trying D400 and D3200 in 120
    Color slides Kodak Elitechrome 100 Extra Color.
    In fact it is better than Ektachrome 100 VS and cheaper too.
    When I'm forced to do colorprints I too use Fuji Reala 100.
    Cheap B&W: Not sure but films from Ex-eastern block countries seams quite cheap.
    I'm going to get me some Efke/adox to play with.
    Color slides: I believe that Elitechrome 100 EC gives the best performanc/price ratio.
    Regards Søren
     
  6. TPPhotog

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    What's your favourite film? Ilford Pan F+ but the majority of my work is shot with HP5+

    What's your least favourite? Don't have a least favourite as they all have their uses depending on what I want to achieve.

    What's the cheapest? Depends on what offers my favourites costs when I buy them. Bulk buying makes the Ilford Pan F+ the cheapest for some reason.
     
  7. Andy K

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    For the last three months I have used HP5+, mainly because of the lack of light. Come Spring/Summertime I will probably switch to FP4 and PAN F. Of the three I would say PAN F is my favourite.
     
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    I've never met a film I didn't like. :cool:

    Ok I was kinda :sad: with 2 rolls of Silver Tone 400 that was supposed to be Agfa. (I has asked for APX400, thats what I get for not checking the cannisters)
     
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    The favourite ones: Ilford PanF+, exposed both as ASA 25 and 50, brewed in R09 Foma Rodinal and home-made Microphen 1+3; Ilford Delta 100, Fomapan 100 - the working horse, the film I use the most - excellent resolution, very good tone rendition, tight and crisp grain in R09, almost no grain in Microphen, some easy to forgive things - a bluish film base, a bit too curly when overdried :smile:) It's pretty cheap here - about $1.5 per 120 roll. Russian films like Tasma, or the Ukrainian ones (Svema) are OK, the real old-style films - but the packing is awful, as it used to be in USSR times, and the quality depends completely on a stock number :smile:

    The worst ones: All FORTE rollfilm line - it is really the evil crap, as one German site tells about it "das echter Dreck" :smile: The grain is like mud... well, a dried mud in pieces :smile: It doesn't even have any footage numbers, and its pinkish base (yes, not the remainder of antihalation layer), brittle and thin, just turns me from inside out! I bought a roll yesterday to check things out - you see, they claimed that they changed the film box design, the film base
    and emulsion type. It's all the same, too bad to describe :sad: I also want to throw an usual stone at Kodak colour negative line - I'm not sure if color means mostly red and blue, folks :smile:

    Cheers from Moscow,
    Zhenya
     
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    Ilford FP4+. In all sizes. And sometimes EFKE KB25 and R25, now that there is no more APX 25.

    Cheapest? The one which always gives satisfactory results is cheapest! And for me that is FP4+.
     
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    Favorites: Ilford Delta 100 b&w, Fuji Superia Reala color print, and Fuji Provia 100 slide.

    Most detested: Fuji Velvia. I am so fed up with photography magazines displaying readers' and pros' landscape photographs' sickening over-saturated colors, I could vomit! One would suspect they all have a history of swallowing LSD or Mescaline and have a chronic need to duplicate the effects in their photographs! Stop before I gag, dudes!
     
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    Favoutite:Foma-I´ve just switched to it,and it looks GREAT,especially the 100 speed.
    Least favourite:Kodak royal supra-the original supra was my favourite colour print film,but the new version seems to be merely a slight improvement on royal gold.
    Cheapest:I can´t remember the name of,but it isn´t available anymore anyway!
     
  13. c6h6o3

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    Favorite: Kodak 400TMax (TMY)
    Least Favorite: Kodak 100TMax (TMX)

    Color
    All Time Favorite: Kodak Pro 100T (PRT - no longer made)
    Favorite Currently Manufactured: Kodak Ektachrome 64T (EPY)
    Least Favorite: Fuji Velvia

    I really have no idea about relative cost.
     
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    Favorites: Velvia 50, Velvia F100, Provia F100, Ektachrome 100 VS. I've played around with Efke PL100, but don't have an opinion of it yet. I see no reason to shoot anything else.
     
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    My favorites so far:

    B&W: Ilford FP4+, Pan F
    Color: Velvia 50
     
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    I've only recently started doing b&w so I'm still experimenting with films.

    B&W: FP4+, love it in 6x7 but too grainy in 35mm. Experimenting with acros.

    Colour slide (everything): Provia 100F, very nice saturated but not over the top colours, fine grain. Brilliant all round film.


    Films I avoid:
    Any colour agfa, nothing good about them
    T-max, not used it but heard bad things
    Fuji NPC, shot one roll and the red was way over the top and grainy
    Delta 100 and especially 400. Horrible tonality, some have good results with it though.

    Film I want to try:

    Portra 160VC/NC, skin tones look great from prints I've seen
    Fuji Acros, heard very good things. Looking to use it for 35mm instead of fp4+ for smaller grain, also interested to see how it compares to fp4+ since some have said it has a 'technical' look.

    I agree with tbm, velvia for a lot of landscapes is often way over the top and some photographs I've seen make me want to puke. It can be useful for low contrast scenes without any bright colours though. Provia 100F is my choice.
     
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    B/W films I like: FP4+, Tri-X 320, Tech Pan, Kodak HIE, Maco 820c IR (both kinds), Fuji Acros, Delta 3200

    Color slide: Kodak EIR (cool stuff), Provia 100F, Velvia 100F (it isn't bad, though I've only shot a couple rolls of 35 mm)

    Dislike:
    TMax 100, 400

    Haven't made up my mind about: HP-5
     
  19. Thomas Bertilsson

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    For what it's worth:

    B&W - Agfa APX100, Ilford FP4+, J&C400
    Color - Kodak Ektachrome E200, Agfa RSX100, Fuji Velvia, Agfa Ultra100.

    dislike - Agfa consumer color film

    - Thom
     
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    Ilford Pan F Plus is my favorite all time film. Especially in medium format. But I also love HP5 Plus and, like Tony, I use more of it than Pan F. Overall, in the past I've used more Kodak Tri-X than any film ever. Reasons? Pan F because it's pretty. HP5 because it's handsome. Tri-X because...well, it's reliable, predictable and boringly consistent.

    What films do I dislike? The only films I've used that I truly hated were the TMaxes--100 and 400. I just don't see the purpose of using these films. They're not easy for me to expose or process properly, they eat up fixer and they don't come close to looking as good as Pan F, HP5 or Tri-X. That's just my opinion, of course.
     
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    I forgot color film. I haven't shot any in over a year so it's easy to forget. My favorites back then were Fuji Sensia 100 and 400 and Kodak Elitechrome 100. The Fuji films were the cheaper consumer versions of Astia and Provia 400F and the Kodak film was the cheaper consumer version of Ektachrome 100VS. Prior to this, I loved Kodachrome. As for negative color film, anything on sale at the local discount store is fine to me. I never got excited about color negative film.

    The only color film I dislike was the old, long discontinued Agfa CT50 slide film. I actually liked it a lot when I shot it back in the early 70's. Twenty years later, every single slide made on this wretched film had faded away to oblivion. Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides stored alongside it still looked good.
     
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    That isn't necessarily the fault of the film; more than likely the photographer got carried away with an enhancing filter or the magazine got carried away with the photoshop. Velvia has a great ability to capture subtle graduations of tone, if handled right.
     
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    Favorites: APX100 hands down. The EFKES are also really good.
    I like FP4 and HP5, Delta3200 and the Neopans.
    In Color: Fuji family. Velvia is great, kinda slow though, Provia is much better. All the Superia family is very good

    Dislikes: APX400
     
  24. mark

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    Likes
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    Delta 100, Velvia, Provia 100F, Astia

    5x7
    JC classic 100 and PL100

    Dislikes
    35mm 120
    Kodak, all of them. Color and BW They are just plain ugly. I detest all manner of grain in my photos

    4x5
    Kodak Tri-X,

    5x7
    None that I know of yet


    Sure are a lot of varied answers here.
     
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    I agree. The greens make me especially bilious. All greens shot on Velvia remind me of those foil leprechaun hats you see in bars on St. Patrick's Day.
     
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    I mostly shoot with Neopan 400 and FP4+, although of late I've been doing a lot of Delta 400. What I like about Neopan 400 and FP4 is that they have a nice toe and good grain distribution. Delta 400 has a toe I can live with and the grain is useful in 35mm. As for dislikes, I've been working through a box of TMX in large format, and the fact that that film has a very short toe really irritates me. I can get good results from it, I know that other people can get marvelous results with it, but it and I don't really see eye to eye. For some reason I get along better with Acros, even though they're similar films.

    For color transparencies, the only one I've found I really like is Astia; Provia's pallette is good but too high contrast, Velvia is way too high contrast, and I don't know Kodak's line very well. In color negative, I usually use Reala and NPH.

    As for cheap, well... Neopan 400 is pretty cheap if you can get it. Delta 400 isn't. APX 100 is quite cheap, and I like the results I get from it. Don't know any really inexpensive good color films; the cost of processing is usually enough more for me that I don't much care.