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    Suggest a 400 film

    I want to find me a favorite 400 35mm film to stick to and learn. A condition is that it should work well together with Rodinal (I have no issue with grain), another condition is that i do not want Kodak. I have tried Foma 400, with that i get a tonality that i like at EI 200, but it is more like a 200 iso film with large grain, at EI 400 i have not got results that i like.

    What about Kentmere, Ilford Hp5+, Fuji Neopan 400 or Rollei 400S/RPX400? (have i missed any?)

    It would be a + if the film is avail. as rollfilm too.

    I want to hear from people with experience with the film souped in Rodinal.

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    HP5+

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    HP5 is a superb film, I use it in LF but have been very happy with Delta 400 for smaller formats, it's available 35mm &. 120.

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    HP5 also!

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    Tri-X is probably the finest ISO 400 film on the market. Why are you prejudiced against Kodak?
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    I've recently used XP2 and developed it in Diafine. The results came out better than expected. It's the only roll of film I had at the time and wanted to test a camera I had just received via eBay. There was a 14 day return period and I wanted to test right away. I read somewhere that XP2 can be developed in Diafine (or any other b/w developer) in addition to regular C41 processing.

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    HP5.

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    Neopan 400, best there is
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    Suggest a 400 film

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    Tri-X is probably the finest ISO 400 film on the market. Why are you prejudiced against Kodak?
    I beg to differ, Tmax, Delta400, Neopan400 are all finer grained than Tri-X in addition HP5+ is comparable grain wise than Tri-X, if developed with the right developer like DD-X it's actually finer IMHO.

    Anyway the OP said he doesn't want grain... So my suggestion...

    Assuming you are shooting 120, HP5+ will be fine grained enough for you.

    If shooing 35mm, either HP5+ or Delta400.

    Tmax personally I find very fine but "boring" looking.

    Just buy a roll of each, soup them all in DD-X FIRST, see which two you like best, then shoot those two against each other and soup that in Rodinal and you'll probably have the best choice.


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    Well, there's a lot more to a film than granularity/graininess. OP specifically said he's ok with grain (obviously if he's using Rodinal).

    I would recommend OP decide on some basic characteristics first, narrow the list down and try one or two films. Trying them all is pointless unless you're going to spend a year shooting many, many rolls of each and refining each one.

    Yes, Tri-X is a wonderful film. So is TMY-2. But OP doesn't want to use Kodak. End of story. He's left with HP5+, Delta 400 and Fuji. Delta is a tabular grained film which will look different than HP5+. So maybe a good try would be HP5+ and Delta 400. Start with those two. They are both superb films as Ian Grant noted above. If Rodinal is your developer, use Rodinal.

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