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The Wall of Inspiration: Choose Your Next Film

All the reviews and sample shots from our community - collected into a central film-based Wall of Inspiration! Take your time, flick through, browse, and find your next film of choice...

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Based on 1446 reviews
Not impressed

Murky, grainy and soft. Really needs a bright day to come anywhere near good. Also I object to only getting 35 exposures out of a "36 exposure" film despite using OM bodies; I can get 37 out of everybody elses (and 38 from Fomapan)!
And second film covered in scratches.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture
Like Portra but cheaper

Looks beautiful in bright sunlight and makes colour come alive

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
B&W Beauty

Love the tonal range on this film, great for street and architecture. Handles low light well, and not bad in sunlight either.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
Gorgeous Film!!!

Love this film as just an every day shooter, love the warmth and this big grain structure really gives pictures an old school vibe.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Studio work, Low light/Night

For some reason this was the first ever film stock I shot. Ever. Used in a canon A1 I took it to the woods on a snowy day and got some beautiful shots. The colour rendition is stunning and accurate to real life and the grain is very fine. Love this film for landscapes and I want to shoot it again.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography
Amazing Colour Negative!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS FILM!!! This film is one of my day to day film stocks, it does everything. Nature? Check. Landscapes? Check. Portraits? Check. Street Photography? Check!!

Love the rendition of colours and the cooler tones but still a warm skin tone. And the grain structure IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes
Good but Expensive

This is a great film and I’m so happy the impossible project brought back Polaroid film and are now Polaroid Originals, having a Polaroid is so much fun but I feel the film is quite expensive albeit understandingly.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners
Great alternative to Polaroid.

I had an actual Polaroid before and shot some packs of film with it but it was just too expensive, so eventually I purchased an instax SQ6 and I love this film, it’s colours are lovely and not too dark or washed out. I now use it with an instax share SP-3 smartphone printer and I print pictures from my iPhone, I now have a whole wall of polaroids haha. So much fun!!

Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Studio work
Great for Street Photography

Really nice film stock, at the time Portra 400 was out of stock so I purchased this film and shot it at 400, really nice colours and grain structure, amazing for street photography.

Good film

I shot this at 400 ISO under cloud cover so it wasn’t as washed out as I’d hoped it to be. Still good results though, I’ve heard that the effect is more prominent under sunlight so I’ll give it a try again when the weather is a bit nicer. Lovely tones.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Street Photography, Architecture, Studio work
Favourite B&W film!!

This film is amazing, the grain structure is great and the contrast is beautiful, this film is great at 400 ISO but can rakish be pushed +2 or even +3!

Very handy!

I bought these on a whim but am so glad I did. I'm still only scribbling my way through my first one but it is coming in so handy - especially when trying out new films. Perfect size for slipping into a pocket and well layed-out inside with two pages for each film.

Highly recommended to have in your camera bag.

Lomography CN 400 35mm Film - single rolls - MIS-PACKAGED
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners
Supprisingly nice

Like the other reviewer this film reminds me of c200 but with way more red than I remember, might just be that my scanner doesn't have the correct profile, and I therefore had to eyeball it.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
My new go to 35mm film

This film has good detail and I love the colours. I love to use it when I am just out for a wander and taking random photos. It works well for almost any shooting everything from architecture to people. I always keep a roll or two on me.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Low light/Night
Quite possibly the most versatile film on the market - and an affordable one!

This film is so amazingly versatile and forgiving: 1) Developed normally, it can survive being exposed as EI100 (!!) with virtually no penalty in image quality (but a nice bump in saturation) 2) If you push it in development, Lomography CN800 can give very usable results up to EI3200, my favourite sweet spot being EI1600 - beautiful, slightly muted colours, pronounced but very organic grain, sharp and reasonably contrasty. When you add its price to the mix, it's really hard to beat Lomography CN800 for sheer versatility! Oh and it looks great :) This shot is EI1600.

Perfect for: Beginners
Great value film

I chose to push this film to 1600 because I like the contrast and grain that comes with pushing, however, I chose this pushed film to be my first to develop. I think the results would have been better if developed by a professional lab but I’m still pleased with some of the photos.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
THE greatest B&W film

There’s a reason this film only has 5 star reviews, it’s because it’s the greatest black and white film on the market. For £4.50 (24) you can do so much with this film; push, pull, in, out, shake it all about.

Perfect for: Beginners, Landscapes, Travel
Beautifully Sharp

Really nice sharp film with very little grain and great exposure latitude. I overexposed by 1 stop and it still picked up lots of highlight detail.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder

This film is great, I was very pleased with the results.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Low light/Night
Hard to judge

I shot this in a point and shoot with a flash which is hard to judge the film. There were a couple of daytime shots that turned out nice so I think for the price this is a decent film on a budget.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
Great for first timers

I’ve only developed 1 roll of film with these chemicals and the results exceeded my expectations. So simple to mix and then even easier to develop with. A must for anyone considering developing with C-41 chemicals.

I'd love to give this six stars...

Edition 1 of Analog Forever is probably the best issue 1 of anything ever put into print. Well, for me at least. The imagery and accompanying text is super informative - Michaels article about Nils Karlson's pinhole photography being probably my favourite.
The physical publication is of the best quality I have seen for a publication like this, heavyweight paper and cover and for its price it really is more of a coffee table book than a magazine.
This was the 'slightly damaged' copy being sold off cheap, and look at the picture for the extent of the damage...its really nothing, genuinely nothing that affects the enjoyment of the book. I won't call it a magazine.

Lomography CN 400 35mm Film - single rolls - MIS-PACKAGED
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Architecture, Travel
New Favourite Colour Film!!!

Before my favourite colour film was fuji c200 but now this film takes the cake. The saturation, the colour rendering is all just so beautiful, it’s so warm. I love this film so much, I’ve bought a few more packs of 400CN. Also I really like the subtle vignetting.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Architecture
Bergger Pancro 400

I'm still learning about film photography (still turn all the knobs and dials the wrong way when trying to take a photo in a hurry) and am now also starting to learn about developing my own films. I have used this film twice - once with 35mm and once with 120mm and I really like it. I love the tones and contrasts and this film has given me some photos I'm really happy with. There is definite grain in the photos (which I like) but I don't know how much of that is down to my technique when developing.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Travel
Good, cheap alternative to Portra

OK, so we all love Portra. But it's not the cheapest film on the planet. So I picked some of this up last summer and was pleasantly surprised.

Colours are nice and natural and it has a pleasing level of detail. Skin tones are pretty good (although it does sometimes lean towards a slight orange tinge). It was apparently made by Kodak in the late 1990s initially for the Asian market, which would explain why it reminds me of the colour film of my teens in the mid 90s.

I did find that it favours sunny conditions more than overcast days, though. When the light isn't ideal it can start to look a little grungey. And it probably isn't quite as flexible in latitude as Portra... but then it's about 40% cheaper so I can't complain too much.