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F.A.Q.’s Which film do you use?

Fujichrome Films

Fujichrome Films

95 % of the time I shoot with 220 rolls of Fujifilm’s Fujichrome Provia 100F. The Pentax 67II gives you 10 images on a 120 roll, and 21 images on a 220 roll. Using 220 means I get one extra shot compared to shooting two rolls of 120, processing is a little cheaper and I spend less time changing film. 220 rolls of Provia aren’t available on Amazon but you can get them from B&H Photo.

I use Provia 100F for it’s ultra-fine grain, and great color reproduction. However, I sometimes use Provia 400X if I have to shoot on an overcast day or for fire festivals. (Provia 400x is not available in 220 so I use 120 rolls)

On my next trip as I’m going to be shooting some landscapes (hopefully with blue skies and cherry blossom) so I have also got a couple of boxes of Velvia 100F for higher color saturation. I wouldn’t use Velvia for portraits, for this Astia 100F would be a better option.

I have only used Kodak products a few times when film was specified by the client. I am sure they’re great, but I’ve just got used to using Fujichrome. Kodak shouldn’t feel too left out however as it’s a Kodak sensor in the Pentax 645D so I will be shooting with both Fuji and Kodak in the future.

5 Comments

  1. You never consider negative film? With digital postprocessing you can color balance it fairly easily, and you’d get a lot more dynamic range than from slide.

    • I haven’t used negative film for more than a decade. I guess you get used to a particular workflow. Would be a good idea though to have a look at what’s out there. I’ll add a couple of rolls of FUJICOLOR PRO 160S to the basket next time I’m ordering film. Do you have a favorite, you’d recommend?

      • I’ve been using Fuji PN400N a fair bit, but I suspect it’s not the optimal choice for you. I prefer speed over lack of grain (I mostly use it with a guess-focus camera).

        A slower speed one I’ve come to appreciate is the new Kodak Ektar 100. I had a really bad time with it at first, but I’m coming to grips with it now and getting some results I really like. It does not like to be underexposed even a little (shadows go all blue), so I use it at iso 80 just to be sure. It seems the new Ektar is made specifically to give some characteristics of slide film, with vivid colors and very little grain.

  2. Tamara Schulz says

    Great blog Chris! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!!
    I’m here on Okinawa and want to have some 120 film developed and scanned to a disk. Kitamura can develop/print but can’t scan it. Do you have any recommendations on film processing labs here on Oki??

    Tamara

    • Hi Tamara,
      I usually get film processed through Kitamura and then scan it myself. I don’t know anywhere on Okinawa that offers a scanning service. I do know there are some people on the island who send their film to the States for processing and scanning.

      Can any of the other photographers / blog readers give Tamara further advice?

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