Such a great film stock that I have yet to get bad results from. It is a little pricey but it's worth it seeing those Portra tones come alive in lower light scenes!
I had a chance to take this film in my OM10 to a city park as well as a trip hill walking. I found that it performs best for landscapes with its fine grain, capturing great detail. It's rated at 100 iso so loves the light but i still got some nice photos with quite thick cloud by overexposing 1 stop.
I'd agree that it's not the best for portraits, it does give people a pinky tinge to their skin.
I'm very much a beginner so I think I still have a lot to learn to get the best out of this film!
I got the three pack of rolls to try when I ordered this, and I used one in my Ricohmatic 225 and another in the Diana Multi Pinhole Operator... and I was not disappointed with either one. With Ricohmatic 225 I shot the film at 800 ISO due to that being the furthest the camera goes, and developed the film in Ilford ID-11 for 11.5 minutes. For the film used in the Pinhole, I also developed it in Ilford ID-11 but for 13.5 minutes per the guidelines on the Massive Dev Chart. The film is great for a variation of scenarios and weather conditions, I shot mine over the weekend in the rain, and got some great results filled with strong contrast and little grain. The images almost have a vintage look to them which I love, especially in the ones with architecture around my home town.
Image 1: Ricohmatic 225
Image 2: Diana Multi Pinhole Operator
I’m a new returner to film and acquired a couple of 127 cameras in job lots from ‘the bay’. I shot this on a Bencini Comet 44 which is about the size of an Olympus Trip and too pretty not to use. It loaded fine on the Paterson reel and I developed in Perceptol 1+3. Very pleased with this first effort. Keep producing this film please!
Was a great Portra 400 alternative, just a little bit cooler in tonal balance. Requires careful exposure if shooting at studio.
This is the most versatile film from Ilford - works perfect in every B&W developer, great for any genre in photography. One of a very few films you can trust.
Just a perfect all-rounder.
If it's cheap, it can't be any good right? Not in the case of Ilford's Kentmere Pan 100... If there's one film you'll always find in my fridge, it's this one. Easy to develop with a fine grain and medium contrast, anyone should be able to get good results with this film. Couple it with a camera with decent glass on it and it really shines. Develop it in Ilford ID11 stock for 9 minutes and you'll have thick negatives that lay flat and scan really well. My only regret about this film is that it doesn't come in 120.
Great contrast and fine grain for a high speed film.
I love shooting with 800t, it works really well at night/low light and in the daylight because of its tungsten correction gives a really unique effect if a little random.
It's perhaps cliche to use Cinestill to take pictures of lights at night, but when the results are so gorgeous you can understand why it's so many people's go-to low-light colour film.
Obvious and distinctive look, which may not be for everyone, but the vivid halation around highlights is so rewarding. I shot a roll of 120 pushed by a stop, and the colours all held up really well.
On a bright day this film prduces some very nice results with minimal grain, highly detailed images and brilliant colour reproduction.
This was the film I first used when learning to develop my own black and white and it's still a favourite years later. I've only ever shot it at box speed but that's plenty for me and, as many have said before, the tone and the fine grain that the film delivers are simply great. There are certainly cheaper options out there like HP5 but even if it's not your everyday film, I think it's worth it to always have a few rolls of Tri-X in your fridge for when you want to shoot something with that extra special feeling. I always feel confident that when I load up my camera with it then if I don't end up with some great pictures then it's down to me, not the film. Ultimately my recommendation boils down to simply this - it won't let you down.
Very fine grain, Good sharpness.
Excellent value for money, I will definitely buy again. Dries perfectly flat, so great for scanning too! Dev'd in 510 Pyro from zone imaging lab.
You do have to nail the exposure with this film to avoid losing parts of your image, I suggest ever so slightly underexposing as the highlights are easiest to clip. The colour of this film can tend towards magenta a bit but the tones are so vibrant and it's nice and contrasty. If you've got a beautiful scene in front of you and you take the shot correctly, this film will deliver some lovely results.
This film definitely has a candy like feel to the colours, especially when exposing a bright sky. Definitely not for the everyday photographers but brilliant for someone who wants a more creative output.
really think this film is worth the hype, gorgeous reds and greens, more versatile than a lot of people led on, and at 400 speed its a perfect all rounder
Being new to film photography, I decided to start with a black and white classic. After picking up a Pentax SP1000 on Ebay and developing the film myself, I was amazed with the results. Even with a rudimentary understanding of light metering and exposure, the photos turned out great, in both bright daylight and low evening light. I can see why it's so highly regarded as the film seems very forgiving but still gives a classic look, very useful for beginners. Will definitely be picking up more of this with a view to pushing the film for a different look.
I'm new to any type of film photography and decided to use this film with my Minolta riva zoom 90 camera to try it out. I used it mainly for indoor with flash but also took a few outdoor shots that turned out great too. The colours are really great I'd like to try it again for more photos in natural light :) Recommend :)))
It's a Kodak Portra but with higher sensitivity, you know. So expect what you would expect from a Portra film: great, pastel colours, amazing warm skin-tones, a moderate contrast and high latitude but with 800 ISO. It has a noticeable grain in 135 format but it's greatly reduced when you're shooting on 120. So Portra 800 in 120 is really crisp, despite being a high-sensitivity film. You can't go wrong with it, unless you're a fan of high contrast and bold colours like the ones coming from a slide film.
Can at times be unforgiving if you don't get your exposure right, but definitely the boldest look I've seen in a black and white film.
Definitely a punchy, contrasty film, so wouldn't recommend for portraits unless you're after that retro street-photo sort of look - personally found that it flattened/washed out faces quite a lot. Wonderful for landscapes and architecture shots - high-grain texture gives the whole image a gorgeous feel.
Purchased on its reputation to use in an Olympus Trip 35. Difficult to write anything original about such a well regarded film but for me, it provided some lovely well contrasted shots in dark and bright conditions.
I bought this to use in an Olympus Trip 35 dug out of a cupboard to use on lockdown walks so my review is very much that of a 'Happy Snapper' rather than a practiced photographer. I think the tones and contrasts look good and I was pleased with the film. I'd buy it again and maybe try it in a camera offering more exposure contol to see if I can get a little more detail out of the darker areas of the shots.
I've only shot in my Holga Pinhole. But the soft contrast complements the soft focus pinhole rendering well. The muted tones contribute nicely with the ghostly capture of the pine hole.
Looking forway to trying in portrait photography.
From the outset let me be honest and say I'm not the world's biggest fan of "experimental" films, I'm more of an Ektar/Portra/FP4+ sort of person. The roll of Lomochrome purple was one of my Wonderbox films. I decided to load it into one of my Pentax ME Supers and have some fun trying out my ultrawide 15mm lens, the 17mm fisheye and some more ordinary lenses. I metered at ISO100 but wasn't being overly fussy as the emulsion can be rated between 100 and 400. When the roll came back from the lab I was surprised at the range of colour shifts. Sometimes they were quite extreme, e.g., yellow daffs being anything between almost bright red and more subtle purply pinks. One of the photos was slightly tongue-in-cheek. My photo of a bench taken using "Let it snow" won the January comp. The judge said I should return with different films and different emulsions. So I did, and took the same image using the same SMC Pentax "K" 30mm f/2.8 lens on this film. Blow me down with a feather when it was "highly commended" in the April competition!
If you want control and know what you are aiming for in the final image, this isn't the film for you. If you want to let go and have fun, just trying things that might look interesting, then go for it. The results are like marmite, some will love them, some will hate them.