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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    The last man standing in black and white is likely to be Ilford. That leads to a recommendation of Pan-F Plus, FP4 Plus and Delta 100. I like all three but use FP4 the most out of the three.

    Acros 100 is probably the finest quality black and white film available. I expect Fuji will be in the film business for awhile yet.

    As for Kodak, I sure hope they survive but I have my doubts. Now that Plus-X is gone, T-Max 100 is the only film Kodak sells that fits your requirements unless you choose to do pull processing of a faster, grainier emulsion.
    Yesterday i have checked my fridge to see what films are there left waiting, amazed that FP4+ and TMAX100/400 also some Pan F+ are the most B&W films available in my fridge all 120, i have few of Deltas, Acros which is my favorite, HP5+,...etc.

    I am planning to increase HP5+ and decreasing Deltas, so i will have 3 films from Ilford and 3 from Kodak and only 1 from Fuji Neopan, i still have 2 Neopan 400 but i will play with that in the future when i have things to shoot very seriously.

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    I am a big fan of the Adox CHS films - 25, 50 and 100 ISO are available. They are available from Freestyle in the USA according to Adox's web site.

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    The recommendations for using a bulk loader and load your own film cassettes is a great recommendation. You can use a film that is a fair bit more expensive at nearly half the price! What's not to like?

    I'm definitely going that route once I'm done with my current stash of Tri-X. Bulk loading is a great way to save real dollars in your process. While film isn't the most expensive thing in photography, a hundred rolls at $2.50 versus $5.00 makes a really big difference in my wallet. That's almost two car payments, or groceries for two months.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    I am looking for suggestion for a 35mm film between ISO 50-125 that I can standardise my process on.

    I do mostly portraits with this speed and and looking for something that is reasonably cheap, with good shadows and has good USA availability for the foreseeable future.

    Previously I standardized on Arista Premium 100, developed in Tanol. However now that kodak no longer manufactures Plus-X it seem this combination is gone.

    Before that my winning combination was Lucky SHD 100 NEW with D-76. I had a boatload of the stuff and had a really good run with it. However I don't want to buy it from China.

    Ilford FP4 is a film I really like but it is expensive at the time being. I am not a pro and only photograph for my own private enjoyment. I use it in 120 format for special projects.

    I tried FOMAPAN and did not like it. I am now looking into Fuji Acros, or one of the ADOX products. Neither is as cheap as I would like but I tend pull process so I need something with good shadow texture.

    The two developer I use now is Rodinal (R09) and Moresch Tanol, mostly because of good shelf life. If you guys know a film that will work good with those two it would be ideal.
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    I agree bulk loading is good. Get yourself a couple of bulk loaders and label and mark each with type of film, load date, and rolls loaded from each. You can then switch between a variety of speed films without too much hassle of buying a ton of cassettes.

    If you can, and dont mind the monotony, load 100ft at once, label, and bag the cassettes for freezer/fridge storage, and all you need is one bulk loader. This is good if you use film discards from c41 processors such as drug stores.

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    Also acros 100 in 120 format is back in stores. going to drop by adorama and pick up a brick sometime next week after work. $3.20 a roll, not bad at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings View Post
    Also acros 100 in 120 format is back in stores. going to drop by adorama and pick up a brick sometime next week after work. $3.20 a roll, not bad at all.
    The problem with Acros 100 is that it is back in stock for very short like 1-2 days then back out of stock
    For me, i need 1 week when things are in stock to order, because i put money in my card only when i want to order something and that is taking 1 day to have the money in the card, and i see the things in stock late, so many times i come late to order things and suddenly they are out of stock when i am ready, last week Acros was in stock for 1 day and then again ran out.

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    B&H is currently showing all roll film sizes of Acros in stock. They usually get a large amount, so it should be there for a while.

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