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    Have you looked at Agfa APX 100? I shoot a lot of it and I can get it cheaper than any other brand name films here. If it isn't cheap there you can try http://www.filmart.com where they have it for $1.50 per roll in 120. Shipping is a bit high and I don't know about shipping to an APO, since they need USPS shipping, I think. If you order 30 or more rolls, the high shipping is way more than covered.

    I think that APX 100 is a wonderful film. I use it because I totally love it and it is extremely economical. It is not the finest grain, but that shouldn't be a huge issue in 120. The tonality is incredible, especially when developed in Rodinal.

    I think that whatever you do, getting a mess of film of one kind and really working with it is your best bet. Any film can do very good work and you will find that the most important thing is learning how to work with it.

    Have fun!

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    I've certainly shot more Tri-X than any other film by a wide margin. It's excellent and responds well to any developer. That said, I discovered HP5+ a few years ago and I've totally switched to it over Tri-X. To me, HP5+ looks like Tri-X with a #8 yellow filter. I love the tonality.

    My absolute favorite film in medium format is Ilford PanF+. It may take a bit of playing with exposure and processing to get control over the inherent contrast, but the creamy tones are superb. I don't use it as much as HP5+, because I prefer handholding to tripods.

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    Kodak TMY
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    Efke R50
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    everything else

    in that order, but there's a big gap between TMY and anything else

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    apx 100

    I would also recommend apx 100 from film art .
    Just ordered 20 rolls apx 100 for 1.99 each shipped .
    I have never understood why efke is is 3.51 each shipped for 20 rolls. would think efke should be the cheap film.
    Last edited by richardmellor; 06-15-2005 at 12:45 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardmellor
    I would also recommend apx 100 from film art .
    Just ordered 20 rolls apx 100 for 1.99 each shipped .
    I have never understood why efke is is 3.51 each shipped for 20 rolls. would think efke should be the cheap film.
    Why? Efke and the Efke distributors are pricing their product to make a reasonable profit and thus stay in business. Agfa's business plan (selling at a loss) has not been doing too well lately.
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    well apx 100 is sold by freestyle,adorama ,filmart and many others.
    as far as I know jandc seems to be the sole importer of efke in the united states. a company in that position really wouldn't worry about there price point . kinda like a $8 dollar beer at the ballgame. take it or leave it

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardmellor
    well apx 100 is sold by freestyle,adorama ,filmart and many others.
    as far as I know jandc seems to be the sole importer of efke in the united states. a company in that position really wouldn't worry about there price point . kinda like a $8 dollar beer at the ballgame. take it or leave it
    Jensen Optical also imports Efke film into the US. So, there has been competition. I've never bought from anyone but J&C though, as J&C's customer service is simply amazing. Jensen's customer service might be just as good, but I've never had a reason to find out...John at J&C has treated me better than any other retailer that I've ever dealt with for any product.
    Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless.

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    Seems to me I've seen Efke (albeit not the whole line) at Film For Classics.

    That said, Efke is good film, cheaper than Kodak, and fills a slow-film niche that no other company attempts to cover -- the only ISO 50 alrernative is Pan F+, and there is no alternative in ISO 25 (unless you're willing to spend time and money trying to get microfilm to behave like pictorial film -- I speak from experience in saying that's not easy). APX 25 is long gone, Panatomic-X even longer; Tech Pan will be out of stock by the end of this summer. The only other product of any soft left in that market is Polaroid's pos/neg films, Type 55 and 665, and those are rated higher than ISO 25 (665 is marketed as ISO 100 for the print, as I recall).
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    It all comes down to personal preference in the end, but...

    So far, I really like the Efke 25 and 100 films. Nice smooth tones, and it scans pretty well too. I develop it in Rodinal 1+100. Another film that impressed me, and was in fact the first roll I developed myself, is Fuji Acros 100 - lovely smooooooth film, also scanned well. For a flexible classic, you have Tri-X 400.

    You can try through http://www.fotoimpex.de - they have Efke and a wide variety of other films. Another option is visit one of the many old camera shows, as there is often a couple of tables selling film at quite reasonable prices (this is how I got into using Efke).

    If you import from outside the EU you should factor in the VAT - on the total of the film PLUS shipping. You don't always get "caught", but it will depend on the amount.

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzmechanic
    Greetings,

    What are your favorite 120 black and white films and where can you get them for a reasonable price. I am american but live in Germany with the $toEuro the way it is, looking for some stateside sources.

    Thanks
    You should choose some popular types of film from the well known brands and decide for your self. It`s not what we like that counts, it`s what you like that really matters. If you ask me my favourites, then I will give you my complete biased opinion.

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