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Film Recommendations

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by philipbowman, Dec 28, 2001.

  1. philipbowman

    philipbowman Well-Known Member

    I seem to have two 120 cameras on the way now, the KFC (the description said it was 120 - I haven't seen it yet to confirm) and Steve's Rollei Automat 1. I will obviously need film for them, and I was wondering what people recommend? For 35mm work I normally use Superia 200/400, Sensia 100 or Delta 400/3200.

    As discussed in the Darkroom forum, I've bought an FP4 film (plus one I've unrolled to see how it works, and to practice loading the cameras and developing spool). I normally use Mathers for film purchasing.

    I was thinking on getting some HP5 and the chemicals to develop it myself, but I'd like to see what I can get out of the cameras with colour film too. Superia comes in 120, but Mathers at least don't seem to do Sensia. Velvia's a bit slow for the time of year; how about Astia or Provia? Is it worth putting pro films in these cameras (given that the Rollei at least was a pro-type camera in its time)? Who's best for 120 colour neg/slide developing? I used to use dlab7.

    Also, given that both these cameras are at least 50 years old, what would be the most authentic film to use in them? I thought about trying to take pictures over the Jubilee celebrations with a contemporary style in terms of film, subjects, etc, then realised I'm away over the extra bank holiday (although I'm in Canada, which may well hold its own celebrations as part of the Commonwealth). Maybe a thought for an AP article?

    Phil Bowman, Watford

    Minolta X700/Canon EOS33
  2. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Depends on how you plan to use them really. I don't know anything about your Kodak (apart from it being a bellows folder), but the Rollei will be equally at home on a tripod or in the hand.

    For tripod use the slowest, finest grained film you can find is the obvious choice, and that has to be Velvia (bear in mind also that there's no clanging mirror, so with reasonable breath control you should be able to hand-hold at fairly slow speeds). A colour print film that has been well recieved is Kodak Portra 400. As I have a Hassy coupon for a free pack I'll be giving it a whirl sooner or later.

    The bestest old style films are still Tri-X, FP4 and HP5, though the Paterson ones are not bad or so I hear. /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. (Picasso)
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I love Provia 100F for 120 - it's actually finer grained and sharper than Velvia, so gives the best possible quality (OK, I prefer Velvia really, but Provia F is sharper).
    Tim, do you mean Supra for colour print?
    And yes, Tri-X or HP5 are the best for old-fashioned feel, unless you get a bit more exotic and track down some Maco or Forte film.

    Nick NRIPN
    Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
  4. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    If you're interested in Nicks sugestions re Forte and Maco film you might like to try http://www.silverprint.co.uk".
    Silverprint tend to have a wide range of film and paper that is not normally available elsewhere.

    "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely" (Auguste Rodin)
  5. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    No, I mean Portra!! <img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">

    I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. (Picasso)

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