Good Alround 35mm Pro Quality Film Speed / Brand

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  1. winston

    winston TPF Noob!

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    Hey, any recommendtions on a good all round pro quality film, used for Night / Day and Flash ? I am thinking 400 ASA? Let me know.

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    I personally shoot as much 200 as possible. I did before I retired and am going to again when I come out of retirement on my next birthday this month.

    It gave me one more stop on my strobe in a church situation, and added very little more grain to the pictures. 400 actually is better for strobe and low light but I always felt it had a little to much grain when it went above 8x10. I think most of the pros I knew felt like mem, we shoot hoping to make bigger prints. There is just more money in them. I like 100 for outdoors, two hundred for strobe light in a low light situation and four hundred for natural light shots from the balcony type shots.

    But if I had to go with just one speed, 200 for me.
     
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    What kind of professional work? B/W or color? Slide or negative?
     
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    Mystery, what 200 film did you like?

    Dave
     
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    Mostly used fuji supra negative.

    Tried to avoid kodak but the last wedding I shot last month I used fuji and it was a hell of a mess, so damn red. Very hard for me to clean the color at all. Next I'm going to go with just plain old kodak gold 200. To be honest since im going to be scanning it and then working it in a ps clone, I'm not sure that it matters. Except I had such trouble with the red from the fuji.

    I used to shoot kodak vps 160 when I was in it last time. Even some vph 400 but that was 120 stuff. they did make a vps in the 35mm though. To be honest I heard that the new kodak high def 35mm 400 was actually the old ektacolor/royal gold film. If that is the case and if is the same as before it is dynamite film but it scratches easy or it did. To be honest these days with the clone thing that wouldn't be as big an issue. the colors were a little cooler than kodak usually is though.

    But I'm going to shoot koday gold to answer your question. By the way did anyone ever shoot any mitsubishi film. Now that was a great little film but I only saw it for a few months then it was gone.

    I only shot negative film mostly.... These days I shoot 100 asa black and white. Actually at the moment Im shooting asa 50. I bought a long roll from freestyle.

    Color slides I almost never do. I have about twenty more rolls of konica slide 100 pro film (so they say on the box) I have been having it cross processed. Works pretty darn good as a negative film.

    The films I stayed away from were polaroid 34mm and anything else that was rebranded 3m film. Also lucky color though it might have improved now that they have a lot of the kodak technology. Konica was pretty bad as well.

    I prefer fuji super g or what they sometimes called supera. But like i said the last fuji i has was so red. Koday is a little warmer but I think the will be more managable after the scan.
     
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    Mysteryscribe.. did you shoot mostly negative film for its push/pull abilities? Did you make your own prints and dodge/burn in the darkroom with color?
     
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    NO to most of that,,, I develop the negatives at a commercial lab then I scan them into the computer and edit them digitally. for color.

    Black and white I do my own negs and then scan them. I have really bad balance i can't work in a darkroom at all any more. I do all my loading of film ect in a dark bag.

    I shoot negative film because it is easy for me to find and have processed. We are doing this same discussion on a different thread. What I do is kind of a hybred system. All the digital things everyone else does but I start with film not a digital camera.

    I'm one of those weirdos who likes the whole film ritual thing. More thought about what you are going to do because it isn't "free". Each trip of the shutter costs you money.

    One thing i should have added, as a working pro film shooter you want as much security as you can get. It isn't like digi where you can see what you have. Negative film is much more forgiving than slide exposure wise. I would never shoot slides for meatball photography. Ie weddings or events requiring quick thinking and lots of shots. Slides are just to exposure critical.
     
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    Oh I agree about the film ritual. It feels more substantial, like I'm purposely capturing a moment of reality on a palpable medium.

    If it was readily available and there were places nearby to have it processed, would you shoot slide film? I'm just curious, because my brother's wedding photographer shoots negs, but only because she dodges and burns in the darkroom.

    I personally REALLY prefer the look of slide film, but then I'm not a professional (yet?).
     
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    I wouldn't no. I got a wild hair and shot a wedding with it once. Not working it was there with another photographer we both had heard all the slide things so he asked me if I would like to check it out.

    First thing I do when I go to a wedding is set up my auto strobe. I set it at the recommended setting and the camera matched it and off i went. If I had been shooting negatives everthing would have been great. remember the is one to two stops of latitude in the negative material. There is zilch in the slides. The auto strobe isn't a 100 percent perfect. It would vary the exposure a half stop to a full stop at times when it got fooled.

    Some of the slides were dark some were completely washed out. I lost my urge to shoot slide then. Now if you were to be shooting out doors and the camera picked up the background you could dodge out the faces and get bye, not with slide film. Printing it is not something I can do.

    So here is what I do now. Shoot the neg get it processed in a commercial lab. Then scan it. I can digitally burn and dodge it. I can change the color as well as the over all exposure. Even clone out the scratches and dust. Lots of other cute thing that I almost never bother with. So for most photographers now, the digital darkroom and film is a really nice match. Most have gone full digital but if like me you just perfer film and dont shoot a high volume the hybred system is the way to go.

    Slides are nice when you can be 100percent accurate with your sexposure. That is mostly a cumbersome thing when you are shooting a couple of hundred exposures in three hours. I know the studio guys use a lot of slide film. Also landscape and art photographers but that isn't what I did a lot of. That is not to say I never shot slides, I just did not do it routinely. My staple was negative material and it will be if I go back to work in july.
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I always liked Tri-X as a good all-around black and white film. 400 speed, easy to work with, readily available...
     
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    For B/W I love Tri-X or Ilford HP5. I think since he mentioned different light sources he's referring to color due to white balance though.
     
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    Ilford Delta 400, occasionally Tri-X, for b&w. Have shot Fuji Pro 400 H in 120, not bad.
     

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