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

 

FUJIFILM


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Fujicolor C200

A Rich, Airy and Saturated Color Film

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Fujicolor Superia X-Ttra 400

Easily my favorite consumer 400 speed color film. Rich color, great saturation and very forgiving.

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PRO 400 H

Great for daylight. Try it if you like rich, natural and saturated colors.

 

KODAK


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Kodak Ektar 100

Low grain and rich color. A great daylight speed landscape film, but too expensive to be an everyday film.

Kodak Colorplus 200

An inexpensive daylight with decent color and low grain when properly exposed.


AGFA


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Agfa Vista 200

Great rich colors a/there’s a rumor going around that the Vista 200 that is out now is just Fuji C200 In disguise, and if so, that's fine because the Agfa brand is $15 per roll.


CINESTILL


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Cinestill 50D

Cinema Film turned C-41 Color. Muted, desaturated and almost no grain. Has a slight red cast in the shadows, but all in all a great experimental film. Too expensive to be a daily use consumer stock for me.


ILFORD


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Ilford HP5

My favorite consumer Black and White 400 Speed Film. Inexpensive, rich, grainy, delicious.