What is the best 35mm film you have ever used?

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  1. Curt

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    My vote goes for Panatomic-X from the Eastman Kodak Company.
     
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    Define "Best".

    KR64
    TXP
    RVP
     
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    THE BEST: Kodak Tri-X 400


    Ultrahigh speed: Ilford Delta 3200

    100asa: Agfa APX100

    Best Slidefilm: Kodachrome64

    Best Color C41: Kodak Portra NC
     
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    So are we talking about color here, too? If so, then it's PKR/KR64.
     
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    They're all good aren't they?


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    Best 35mm color film for what I shoot: Kodak 320T. It was replaced by peoples' preference for high-ISO low-noise digital cameras. Both are great tools, but 320T was very special stuff to me, and I hate not having it.

    My only (and I mean only) gripe about it is that it was a 35mm-only emulsion.

    Second on the list is Fuji Press 800. This is the pro version of the Superia 800 emulsion, which is available in any drugstore or supermarket. Luckily, it is still around, though I doubt any 800 film will be here for much longer.

    Yet again, my only gripe is that it is a 35mm-only emulsion.

    Best black and white film for what I shoot: HP5.

    I have no gripes about it.

    Second on the list is Delta 3200.

    My only gripe about it is that it is not available in sheet sizes.

    As usual, there is no "best", period. There is only "best" for a certain set of criteria.
     
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    Colour: Portra 160 NC. And what was it called again, Ektacolor Gold (GPX)?
     
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    No doubt about it, Tri-x.
     
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    My favourite, FP4+.


    Cheers


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    Delta fan. All of them.

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    I suspect that Curt knows there is no such thing as "best", and is being slightly tongue-in-cheek.

    I have never been let down by FP4, which I've used since it was FP3. When I need the difference, I always go for HP5. For slow and careful, it's PanF. I've been an Ilford user since I was in short trousers, and that wasn't last Tuesday.

    In its class, there's nothing to touch Kodachrome. I have one roll left of K25, and I'm going to use it up before the processing window closes. The same is true for my stash of K64.

    Superia 800 (it's usually the press version that's supplied when I order it) is incredibly versatile, and finished prints rarely betray its speed, though it's a film that doesn't bear much underexposure, and I prefer to rate it at 640 or so.

    Although I'm Ilford through and through for monochrome, Tri-X has to be regarded with affection by any photographer older than his teeth.


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    Best for what?
     
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    For whatever you want.
     
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    I wouldn't say best, but my current preferences are -
    General use HP5+
    Fast film Delta 3200
    Sheet film FP4+

    And I love Tri-X in 35mm, though I rarely shoot that format any more (it will come again though!).
     
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    expired fujichrome 160
    expired tri x

    panx
    OLD tri x
    polapan
    and expired paper
     
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    Fuji Acros
    Fuji Neopan 400 [this is hands down the most consistent film I use. Never lets me down, although I sometimes get more engaging pictorial results from slower films. ]
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    There are so many of them out there that I love. Tmax, HP5,Pan-F,Fuji Acros and Neopan 400 just a few.

    Jeff
     
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    Tri-x.....for me, 35mm is about handheld and beautiful grain!
     
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