Its been a journey to find the film stocks I can rely on for both colour and black and white photography, that give me the image look & feel I currently want from my film photography.
Finally I have my 3 fave films of which I share here in no particular order.
- Ilford Delta 100 / 400
I really do like the full contrast this film gives me. I develop it with solution B via Kodak HC-110. There is a lot of room for editing the digitized negative and overall I get the results I am looking for.
My go to film stock for street photography, reportage B&W Portraits.
Both 35mm and 120 are in my fridge.
- Kodak Portra 400
I can hear the audible “yawn” from many, but this film stock really does give me great negatives when taking portraits and some still things. Both 35mm & 120 give reliable results, easy to develop via the Tetenal Colortec C-41 dev kit I now use. It also has a flexible ISO range from 100 to 800 ISO which makes it very useful indeed.
- Kodak Ektar 100
This stock is relatively new to me, but I can already see how it will feature mainly for landscapes and some still photography. Colours are “punchier” than Portra with plenty of range when digitized. Its very fine grain and sharpness makes it wonderful where fine detail is needed, so landscape, stills and maybe even some city scapes, but I will test this to find out soon. Again easy to develop and I have both 35mm and 120 in my fridge.
I have sold all my other film stocks and now only have 35mm and 120 versions of Ilford Delta, Kodak Portra and Kodak Ektar in my film fridge, ready for my next film photography adventure.
As a side note I have bought a Go Pro and my walk about film shoot videos will now have a POV angle to them, where you will see the film I am using, the conditions I’m shooting, where I’m shooting and the settings I use on the camera.
Something I look forward to sharing with you very soon.