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    Good film for my daughter to learn on?

    I don't want to sound too cheap, but she's only 8 ... and wants to do the "real" photography thing. So...I haven't bought any B&W film for a while. Anyone have a good suggestion to start her on? I don't want something so cheap there will be QC issues (like Lucky film or something) but I don't want to break the bank while she learns, so I'm not buying her ADOX CMS 20 or the like either. haha... fairly fine grain would be good (35mm) and I'm thinking something that develops well in D76 or Xtol or some other easy to use developer. That she could soon be doing with only a little of my help (the more she steps she can do on her own, the better she's going to like it!)

    Thanks for any current suggestions, I'm not exactly sure what is still being made in the "inexpensive but good" category these days.

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    Rollei films are cheap and good - so Rollei 400 would be my choice.

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    ....arista premium 400...versatile, cheap and great quality....some say it's rebranded Tri-x. I can't tell the difference if there is one.

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    I have had no problems with either Rollei or Foma films, but have heard others say they have, not sure about the developers you say though as I used an RO9 type. Are you going to set up a darkroom for her to try or will she have access? I showed my children how to print they found it exciting at the time, they knew how to develop and print mono before they could read!

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    The Kentmere films are Ilford's budget range.

    From the same factory as FP4plus and HP5plus so quality control and consistency should be excellent - but the price is a little lower.

    But as you've already said - as long as you avoid the weird, specialist or low quality stuff - whatever film is cheapest that you can find locally from the remainder should do the trick as well as any other.

    As for developer - if she's 8 maybe avoid Metol and Hydroquinine? I'm sure she's not daft enough to drink it - but kids do tend to get chemicals all over themselves and everywhere else.

    Mind you, come to think about it, so do I...

    XTOL might be one of the safest?
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    Another vote for arista premium 400 / Tri X.
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    This could be a good chance for buying a brick of expired films.

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    Given your location, I would buy the cheapest 400 speed film Freestyle is offering. This will help keep blurred shots to a minimum. You may want to consider a bulk loader to spool short rolls to keep her interest up. Kids get bored waiting for 24 or especially 36 exposure rolls to get used up, they want to see results fairly quickly. My daughters would pop off 10 or 12 shots and run to the DR to process them, I souped for them at first and they do their own now.
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    I feed the Olympus Stylus of my son (3 yrs.) with Rollei Retro 100, which I bought cheap in a pack of 50 films The film has just expired a few months ago and is still fine.

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