Film Comparisons.

I've always been obsessed with film. My father was an amateur photographer who shot a Polaroid 600 type and 35mm on an Olympus OM20, both cameras I still own to this day. I never leave home with a point and shoot or instant camera and collect old Polaroid 600 types, SLRs and other types of film cameras. That being said, I live in a military town, a space constantly in flux. Film is somewhat more expensive, hard to find, and time consuming to develop and print. I still find it an important part of my photographic development to shoot and learn about the roots of the format. The dynamic range and depth of film still cannot be fully replicated with digital (although some of the presets are darn close). There's just something magical about having to think about each shot, make it count, and then wait for the results. 

The cameras are all listed below. Just as a warning, results vary based on exposure and glass, so check out as many images as possible before making a decision on what filmstock to use. Or just buy them all and #keepfilmalive. 

Olympus OM-20 w/ M.Zuiko 50mm 1.8 (SLR)

 Nikon Lite Touch Zoom 150 ED AF,  Nikon One Touch Zoom 90 (point and shoot)

Argus C4 with 50mm f2.8 (Rangefinder)

Polaroid 600 Type and One Step 2

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and Instax Wide 300

 
 

Fuji Superia Xtra 400

A pretty solid cheap and fast film, good for low light. It has pretty accurate colour even indoors. Its major weakness is how grainy it gets unless slightly overexposed. 

 

Kodak Colorplus 200

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I feel like this film gets a bad rep that it doesn't quite deserve. After all, its an inexpensive daylight with decent color and very low grain when exposed properly. I throw it into my point and shoot Nikons when I know I'm going to be kicking around town during the day and don't feel like carrying a SLR full of a pricier film. Indoors and in bad light, its grainy and too easy to underexpose, but on a sunny day its great for the money. I cop it on amazon in packs of 10 for the same price or less than a 5 pack of Portra.

 

Kodak Portra 400

The internet can't agree on if they love Portra 400 or hate it. Personaly I love the color rendition and grain structure, even when underexposed.

 

Kodak Ektar 100

Low grain and rich colors (especially blue) make this pricy film worth the try, but its not cheap enough to be a daily driver.

Agfa Vista 200