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    Most available b&w film internationally

    For my work I find myself living in many places (4 continents in the last 5 years). Some of these have limited / no access to postal services or even web access. As a result getting film can sometimes be hard. I need to rely on either asking someone to bring it for me, or I buy some when I am passing through a larger town.

    So I need input from people for what B&W film is most easily found throughout the world. It would need to be easily bought by someone who is not a photographer. I would be looking for:

    1) A film of around 100/21 ISO
    2) A film of around 400/27 ISO

    This is all so I can standardise on a film I can get consistently.

    Thank you!

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    Ilford films and Foma films are pretty widely available,you could try Fomapan 100 and 400, or Ilford FP4+ AT 125 AND hp5+ AT 400. orn their delta 100 and 400

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    I don't have the limitations you do, but I'm still using Kodak products since I have some still. Still shooting Plus-X in 35mm and 120 as well as Tri-X.

    In addition, and planning for the future, though, I'm shooting Ilford FP-4+ and HP-5+ since they appear to be the emulsions that will exist. It seems to me that the Ilford approach is about the only real way to standardize for the future and have any hopes of success in that goal.

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    Having been in situations where I've needed to buy film while travelling only Ilford B&W films are available consistently and mainly FP4 and HP5. Foma films are common as well but Kodak films are much harder to find.

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    Ilford and Kodak come to mind. But B&W film in general can be hard to find. Ilford FP4+ and HP5+ or Kodak Plus-X and Tri-X are my go-to films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    Kodak Plus-X and Tri-X are my go-to films.
    It is getting very difficult to "go to" Plus-X any more. I know of few places that still have it available.

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    b/w film can be stored for some years if the temperature is normal (fridge).
    So buy a stock and you will be fine for a year.

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    I'd put my bets on Ilford, both for future availability and (definitely) quality control. You just can't go wrong with it.

    Kodak also is widely available and great QC, too. You won't find any film absolutely everywhere, you can just go with the best odds.

    Consider bulk rolling too, as film freezes quite well. It lowers your price and guarantees availability anywhere.
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Fuji -- although I may be biased since I live in Japan, but I don't seem to recall ever having a problem finding it when needed.

    As someone who also moves around a lot (3 continents in five years, but 6 moves in total), I feel your pain, although luckily enough I've always lived in places with a good postal system so I've relied heavily on getting stuff shipped from abroad most of the time. In all honesty I would focus on the films that you prefer to use, and equivalent back-ups if you can't find them exactly. In my case that would be Ilford HP5+/Kodak Tri-X, and Fuji Acros/Ilford Delta Pro. And like the others have mentioned, bring as much with you as you can when you go and keep it in the freezer or fridge until you can use it.
    Rachelle

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    Rachelle,

    I use fuji across in 4x5 and 120 format, but don't know what the future gives. more and more are discontinued by fuji.
    The 400 is also discontinued in 120 format, so i use kodak now instead. What's next...

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