For black and white film, I am all set. I know what I like and it's easily available. I never have a problem with monochrome film.
Originally Posted by Roger Cole
With color, I'm a basket case. I LOOOOVE Reala 100. But it is damn expensive now at nearly $10 a roll of 120 film. 160NS is still available for less than half that. I like 400H, but again, VERY expensive at around $9 a roll. Portra 400 is hard to find, and I dont even like it when it's here. I've tried it several times and I just can't connect with the colors. I will try Portra 160 when 160NS finally dries up. Maybe that is better.
I just got back from the lab a bunch of Provia shots and they look great. E6 processing is pretty cheap here in China so I think for color I might settle with Provia 100F and 400X (you can still find a lot of it here) and switch to C41 when back in the US.
I wish color film photography were more simple.