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This page was designed to help photographers decide which film is right for them. There is no ONE perfect film out there. They all have their place. The reviews here are based on personal experiences and the technical data collected from a variety of sources, including the film boxes themselves.

Kodak

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Gold Plus
100, 200, 400
This is the most popular film in the US. Rich colors and fine-grained images. Used by the general public, great for travel cameras. Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

Royal Gold
25, 100, 200, 400, 1000
Royal Gold is a premium version of Gold Plus with excellent flesh tones and very accurate nature reproduction. This is one of my films of choice and I always carry at least one roll of each, sometimes 2 of the 100 and 200. Doesn't require refrigerated storage but I imagine it wouldn't hurt.

Ektar
25
Considered by many as the world's finest-grain color-print film.
Keep in refrigerated storage !

Ektapress Plus
100, 200, 1600
Pro 100 was designed for commercial glamour, architectural and scenic photography. Refrigerated storage recommended.


FUJI

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Super G Plus
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Super G Plus offers sharp, lifelike colors, wide latitude, good storage.
Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

Reala
100
Premium color film. Grain and color reproduction among the best in class.
Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

Pro
160(163)
Professional film with wide exposure latitude.
Requires refrigerated storage.


AGFA

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Ultra
25, 50, 100
Claims the highest color saturation in its class. Higher contrast than normal, adding 'snap'.

HDC
100, 200, 400
Gives good storage and processing latitude. Ideal amateur film. Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

Optima
125 , 200, 400
Most accurate color rendition and good for nature and journalism.
This is one of my choices for outdoor nature shots. Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

Impresa
50
Excellent colors and a big hit with pros in Japan.

VX
100, 200, 400
Shadow details and wide exposure latitude. Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

SR-G

3200
The fastest color negative film available, great for theater and hand-held night shots. Horrible for enlargements!


Color Slide Film

Kodak

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Ektachrome
64 & 400X are warm, 64X neutral, 100 cool. 200
Very popular for landscapes and portraits. Somewhat finer grain but less color saturation than Elite 200. 1600 needs push processing.

Ektachrome Elite
50, 100, 200, 400
Subtle warmth. 100 is finest-grained slide film available but 200 is grainy.

Kodachrome
25, 64
Among the sharpest, finest-grain slide films available but VERY few labs can process it.

E100S and E100SW are high-end saturated films.


FUJI

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Velvia 
50
Is one of the favorite of many travel pro's. It offers rich blacks, neutral grays, deep colors and tremendous sharpness. This is one of my favorite films.

Provia
100, 400, 1600
Is a faster version of Velvia. 400 is a little red for twilight.

Sensia
100, 200, 400
Is a consumer version of Provia. Excellent all-rounder with warm, natural colors.


AGFA

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RSX 
50, 100, 200

RSX has very rich colors. I like using this film for outdoor shots.

CTX
 
100, 200

Has good greens and blues and edge detail.


Black & White Film

Kodak

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Tech Pan 
25

is the sharpest, finest-grained film available. Little exposure latitude but amazing results.

Plus-X 
125

This is a good general purpose film with many fans, including myself, due to it's wide processing tolerances and attractive tonal range.

T-Max 
100, 400, 3200p

Has a wide exposure latitude but needs accurate processing. Many photography students start on this.

Tri-X 
400

Is not as sharp as T-Max or even come close to Tech Pan, but is a favorite of pictorial, sports and news photographers for its beautiful tonal range and high speed. Doesn't require refrigerated storage.

SFX 
200

Is an extended infra-red film, good with deep red filters.

400 
Delta

This film is highly praised by many for general work.

XP2 
400

Can be developed by a one-hour lab. Has a sepia tone, developed using standard color process.

Pan F Plus 
50

Has tremendous exposure latitude, grain and sharpness.

FP4 Plus 
125

This film is easy to work with.

HP5 
400

General use film. Doesn't require refrigerated storage.


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