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  1. electricalperson

    electricalperson TPF Noob!

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    :thumbup:what company do you pros think makes the best film? i know theres probably a best film depending on the subject or style just tell me what you guys think
     
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    I really like ilford and fujifilm.
     
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    Agfapan APX-400 for B&W

    Ilford HP5+ or FP4+ for B&W backup

    Velvia for color non-portraiture

    Portra for portraits and backup for color work

    That's pretty much all you need.
     
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    I don't think there's such a thing as a best film company. What's best for one person might not be for someone else.

    Kodak makes great films (Portra, Ektar, Tri-X) Fuji makes great films (800z, Reala, Provia, Velvia) Ilford makes great b/w films (Delta 3200 is great, HP5+, FP4) Those are the main films I like, but i'm sure other people might like other films.
     
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    should i buy professional grade film or just the cheap stuff if im learning?
     
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    Try a little of both. That's the only way you'll really know if the expensive film is worth it or not. Just buy a roll or two to see if you like it.
     
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    See, this really depends on whether you are asking a Kodak Pro, a Fuji Pro, an Ilford Pro, a Foma Pro, an Arista Pro, a Polaroid Pro, an Agfa Pro, an Efke Pro. Everyone will have their pill of choice. Best thing to do is to buy it all and kill some photons with it.
     
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    i bought the 3 pack of the BW400CN film by kodak. i already shot a roll of it but didnt get it developed yet. anybody use this before?
     
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    Yeah. I like it. As far as c-41 process B&W, it's probably the best you can get.

    (Not sure that there really is another C-41 B&W option... Still good film though.)
     
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    Ilford XP2 is C-41 b/w

    i haven't shot it in a long time but i remember liking it
     
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    XP-2 Super is an excellent film IMO, giving a bit more contrast than the Kodak BW400CN.

    There is also Fuji Neopan CN400 - This is actually made by Ilford, although it is NOT the same as XP-2 Super, but a derivative of it made to Fuji's spec.
    I believe these are the only three C41 B&W films made.
     
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    Fuji Pro 160S is becoming my new favorite film.

    I haven't shot a whole lot of it yet - but I'm really liking it so far.
     

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