BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59 Posted (13 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 3855 times:
I have Pentax ZX-7 with a 28-80MM and 80-320MM lens. What is a good affordable film I should use? How much? I am considering the Fuji Reala 100. What do you recommend? Can you show me some of the photos taken by this film?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3733 times:
Fuji Provia 100F, all the way. The finest slide film there is, without question.
For iffy weather, I've been experimenting with Provia 400F, which just came out a month or two ago. I've had some good results so far, but am trying to put together a more comprehensive set of results.
TomH From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
My preference is to shoot color slides when conditions allow. Kodachrome 64 is my favorite. I have used Fuji Velvia (ISO 50) with good results, though I agree with those who have reviewed this film stated its true speed seems to be about ISO 40. I have also used fair quantities of Kodak Elite 100, and Elite 200 (when pressed for speed). My results with these two have been spotty-some shots good, some shots not so good. I haven't figured out the reason for this yet. Kodachrome 200 seems to be a disaster (very grainy, reds appear violet if sun is present), and I advise staying away from it. I have had great results with one of the Fujichromes in ISO 100, though I can't recall which one it was. We are advised repeatedly in this forum that Provia 100 is the best, but I haven't tried it yet.
When using color print film, I prefer Kodak Gold 100. I don't know the difference between this and Royal Gold 100, though some folks here have a preference for the latter. Gold 200 seems to work well for me also. I don't usually shoot above ISO 200, but I have used a lot of Kodak MAX 800 in an industrial setting. I worked surprisingly well, and I was able to get many custom
8X19" prints from it that held together nicely. However, I used a roll of this stuff to shoot migrating geese and it was terrible. It was so grainy the sky looked like sandpaper.
In black and white I don't think you can do much better than the Iford Delta series. The ISO 100 is probably the best general use B&W film on the market. I had been a strong user of Kodak's T-MAX 100 and 400. It represented a big improvement grain-wise over previous B&W films. Still, I like the Ilford more. My use of B&W is declining. After all, I can make a B&W image from a color one with the click of the mouse. It is still possible to find Kodak Tri-X at many locations. This was the most popular film in the world in the 1960s. I always thought it did not privide me with good aircraft images due to grain. I think it was good in other settings, and was used by newspaper photographers a lot. But there is a huge difference in trying to get a fine B&W 8X10 print and looking at the same image on newsprint. There is also a big difference in looking at a fine print, and viewing it on the monitor. Something you may need to consider if you are going to use the image for purposes other than website viewing.