Help me choose a B&W film

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  1. Coldow91

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    I am looking to get 100' of a b&w film and I have tried a bunch of films but have not zeroed in on one. I am looking for I think a 400 speed film that I can pull to 200 for landscapes but also push to 800 and maybe 1600. Would tri-x be a good choice? Hp5?
     
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    The differences between those two aren't all that great from my recollection of the last time I used either. I'll guarantee you get more variation by changing what you develop in. I'd perhaps go for Tri-X and then play around with short lengths in a small selection of developers - though I have no idea what's still available these days.
     
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    yeah I was thinking of getting 100' of film and then getting two other developers to go with my current Tmax Dev. Maybe Diafine and something else?
     
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    I'm an HP5 fan myself, but I usually shoot Arista Premium from Freestyle Photo, which is repackaged Tri-X.. mainly because it's less than $2 per roll. FYI, Arista Premium is also sold in bulk on freestyle's website.
     
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    I have shot tmax100 before and liked it but I don't think it does too well at 1600.

    I have just shot my first roll of Arista premium it is drying right now.



    btw what is a good B&W landscape film?
     
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    Pan F was always fun, but don't forget the tripod
     
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    ok I think I am going to get Arista premium 400 100' now I just gotta get a bulk loader
     
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    Only 2 I use... TriX400 (because the school wanted me too haha) and Ilford 400 because I wanted to haha

    of course I will use the 100's as well
     
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    I am probably going to get Arista 400. Do I need anything besides the film, a bulk loader (let me know if you are offering one for cheap) and an empty film canister
     
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    If it's not too late.... count a vote in for Ilford HP5+. In fact, count a vote in for everything and anything that Ilford makes - those guys are the BOMB.
     
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    I definitely will still shoot illford. but I am looking for an everything/snapshot film that I can always have in my camera and I think Arista 400 is the right film, and its cheap.
     

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