New old rookie has another question.... film type?

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  1. jdmartin8

    jdmartin8 TPF Noob!

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    First, I'm overwhelmed by all the folks who welcomed me to this forum. Thank you very much.... It's nice to feel like I belong....

    As you probably know, I'm just getting started in photography, but I know that I want to concentrate my efforts on becoming a GOOD landscape photographer.

    My question is, if I wanted to shoot B&W, would Ilford Pan F (ISO 50) be a good start? I've done B&W photography before, about 25 years ago when I was in the Navy. At that time I was using a Canon AT-1, and had learned how to use that manual camera pretty well. Now I am using a Pentax MX-50, and in the aperture priority mode.

    I want to shoot some color shots as well, and it appears that the FujiFilm Superia and Superia Reala (ISO 100) might be good choices.

    I just want some input on these questions from all the good folks here.

    Thanks again for all the nice welcome messages....

    Jim
     
  2. MDowdey

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    mmm...pan f is indeed a great place to start. its a low iso, low grain black and white film that yields amazing contrast and shadow depth. make sure to have your tripod and you should be off to a good start!

    also, if you are doing black and white landscapes, try using an orange or even a red filter. it ups the contrast and makes for neat artistic shots.

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    I shoot a lot of B&W film and Ilford is an excellent film. However, lately, I have been spoiled by Kodak T400CN film - great tonal range and sharpness. But the main thing I like about it is that you get great quality AND it is C-41 process so I can get it processed and back in about a half of an hour at my local minilab. I would definitely recommend trying a roll.

    By the way, welcome to the forum!

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    Fuji Superia is some good stuff, I feel. I have a billion or so rolls of the 800 speed which is real nice, but I wouldn't use it for landscape for more obvious reasons. I also have a couple rolls of the 200 bouncing around which I enjoy using for "girlfriend in lush green settings" type of pictures. I would highly recommend the Superias for color negative.

    Now, just as an aside, landscapes supposedly work great with slide films i.e. Velvia. I personally haven't used it, NEPA is a little dry looking this time of year, though I will be trying it for landscape shots before I goto Germany. Sorry I couldn't help more here.

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    Thanks for the replies !! This place is absolutely fantastic.

    Tuna, T400CN has been discontinued by Kodak, and is being replaced with BW400CN, also a C-41 process. However, it does not appear to be a DIRECT replacement, so I don't know. Maybe I'll just stay with the Ilford Pan F, and play around with different filter colors to see what happens.

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    You might also check the Freestyle site (banner on this forum). You might be able to get Arista at a lower price and it is Ilford repackaged. When I was shooting medium format (6x7) that's all I used and got me great results.

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  7. Tuna

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    Yes, Jim, you are right. Sorry about that. I am still so used to saying "T400CN". I have a box of BW400CN in front of me as I type...I would still recommend you try it someday.

    My latest post titled "Staying Straight" in the critique forum was taken with this film (though I've called it "T400CN" there as well...).

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    try Kodak TMAX 100 its a small grain film and looks great for landscapes. Keep the aperature small and use a tripod and youll do fine.
     
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    I'm sure I scribbled a list of film choices somewhere.

    Oh here it is. Someone else asked the same question:

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15644

    BW400CN is like colour film rather than black and white film - well done if you can eek anything from it! I presume you're using Panalure to print? It's a nightmare for anyone trying to hand-print. Ilford XP2 or the Fuji C400N seems a bit easier for most DIY photographers maybe?

    Thumbs up for Ilford Pan F+. Great favourite.
     
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    This is true. If printing at a minilab, BW400CN prints best on color paper (which is in most minilab machines). It is not designed for standard B&W paper - as is the case with most, if not all, C-41 B&W film. As for printing from scanned-in files to a home photo printer, it has done fine on all papers I have used.

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