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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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Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Travel
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Accreditation Handles: @samletchford
My Primary B/W Film

HP5 is a fantastically diverse and reliable film, offering beautiful grain structure and a subtle contrast which looks fantastic in it's own regard, whilst also providing the perfect basis for tweaking in post, or experimenting with different development techniques. The latitude of this film is the best I have found, preserving detail in both shadows and highlights and easily malleable to suit your creative intent and desired look. For those wanting to get into developing their own film, I would highly recommend HP5 as a starting point.

Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: Horatiu Eduard
My favourite film

Yes, my favourite film. You know, I tried them all, and although Ektar 100 has a special place in my heart, I cannot use that film all the time. Portra 800 on the other hand has a more versatile ISO speed that helps a bit when the sun goes down, and you forgot your tripod at home. I'm always amazed by its color rendering, and although the grain is a lot more visible than the other Portra films, I think it gives an atmospheric look to my photos. This is the only film constantly missing from my bag, it doesn't even make it to the fridge. I did stay away from it, mainly because of the praise that Portra 400 was getting from everyone and the price, but man, what was I missing...anyway, it's not too late.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Accreditation Handles: Jason G
Good film worth trying

Saw this and its a new film to me and to most I think.

The colour rendition is fantastic and was very please taking photo in the snow. The whites and reds are particularly good. The grain is fine for a 400iso film Apart from 1 of them I used 28mm lens which is slightly soft but the statue was taken with a 50mm lens and that is very sharp.

Will I be back for more when its available again differently!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
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Accreditation Handles: @alx_inactive
Good test Roll

Bought this for testing a Yashica Mat 124G I had got off eBay. Very happy with the results from the camera, film and the price

Perfect for: Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Studio work
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Contrast - you got it

I was excited to try this high silver content, high contrast film, and, in the right conditions, it delivered. Exposure is quite critical and I used a hand held meter, exposing at box speed. I developed it in Ilford DD-X 1:6 dilution for 15 minutes at 20.5 deg C.
Some negs looked really 'rich' whereas others much lighter, but the latter had some detail in the blacks. Difficult to assess the negs prior to scanning. The emulsion is possibly more scratch prone than some, so care in direct contact. It dries reasonably flat.
It gave high contrast which was pleasing with the right sort of images. Definitely better for graphic pictures with bold shapes and composition, less so for general landscape though I have included a couple of those in my samples. Fine grained. Not an everyday film, especially with its low ISO, that requires a tripod all the time on my M3. I have another roll which I will try pulling by 1 stop.

Perfect for: Beginners, Landscapes, Travel
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Accreditation Handles: @josefsaddington
Perfect Adventure Film!

Gotta be a go-to film when out on a Sunny day, with some friends and capturing everyday life. Strong colours, saturated nicely. I personally love the blues you get from it and pretty spot on skin tones. I shot a lot of this while travelling South America and I'll always have some rolls with me!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
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Accreditation Handles: @milesmh | WholeHog Media | www.wholehogmedia.co.uk
Gorgeous contrasty tones

This is my favourite black and white film I've used so far. The detail is fantastic, very thin grain, and the contrast in the photos is just perfect. It's especially good for street photography and architecture, but honestly, it worked beautifully in every scenario for me.

Perfect for: Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: @milesmh | WholeHog Media | www.wholehogmedia.co.uk
It's so popular for a reason!

This was my first time trying CineStill after wanting to for ages, thanks to my WonderBox subscription! Whenever I see photos on this film you can instantly tell that they were shot on CineStill thanks to the gorgeous, unique warm glow it gives when pointed at artificial lighting, so I tried to make the most of that when I took it out in my Olympus OM-10 on a foggy night. It was a great experience getting the scans back and seeing how the roll turned out, I just love the tone of the photos you get from it. Will 100% be ordering many more of these in the future!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
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A great film, indeed!

Before buying it I was sceptical about this film. There was so much hype about it, I read people praising it as the best black and white film out there etc. And, to be honest, I don't see much difference between most of the b&w films on the market. But Kodak Tri-X is a really amazing film! It renders punchy photos with high contrast but still retaining the subtle tonalities. It's sharp, retains a great amount of detail and has a rather distinct but very pleasant grain. Use Tri-X if you want your everyday photos look like taken by one of the B&W classics like Cartier-Bresson, it has so much character!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
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Kodak Gold 200

Good film for it's price point. For someone who has mainly shot with Fuji over the last 12 years, it's been great to use Kodak Gold again for it's warmer tones.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Warm, comfy, cheap but bit grainy

A great film for every occasion. Has a nice film look, and warm colours that make you enjoy looking back on those moments you captured. Film is expensive and this one is mroe affordable and offers great results. ISO 200 is sometimes a little low for British winters but outdoors with some sun and it glows! A staple for any regular shooter.

Squeejeez this is good

Struggled with water spots after developing film. I don’t always have access to photo flow or distilled water & this does exactly what it says on the tin, haven’t had any water spots or streaks since using this. I would highly recommend especially for anyone starting out with home development.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
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Very satisfying

I love the look of this film. Just shot my first roll and was very happy with the results. Nice 400 speed and I personally love the blacks and the slight grain at 400. Really satisfying.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes
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So soft and colourful

I have used this film once before but in 120 format and I loved it then just as much as I do now. It is such a colourful film, filled with great vibrancy and softness. It works wonderfully well for nature and landscapes of nature especially woodlands. And although it is probably recommended to shoot with plenty of light, I like the results it does give on a dull day when it comes to browns, greens and oranges. I am planning on getting some more rolls ready to photograph the blooms of spring.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Street Photography
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Accreditation Handles: @hook_line_floater
Good Quality Reasonably Priced B&W Film

Tried this out for some general day-to-day shooting and my first attempt at home developing. Shot at box speed and developed in Cinestill df96 monobath and DSLR scanned, and I am happy with the results! Just bear in mind for development it takes extra time compared to regular film (I think Cinestill recommend triple the processing time) and also requires pre-soaking.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Street Photography, Architecture, Travel
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Just looks amazing.

I can see why this film has stuck around for so long! I got a roll when in The Netherlands as an emergency B&W film and now it'll be a mainstay of my B&W photography. It simply comes out brilliantly.

Perfect for: Landscapes, Pinhole/Long-Exposure
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A Fine Film that Fits my Fancy

O K ... dumb title :-)

But not @ all a dumb film. Admittedly I've not used any other 120 of this ISO, and I do use it for one paticular project. I'm into tree-silhouettes, so I don't need, or want, subtle - indeed any - tonal gradations. What I want is stark silhouettes against a featureless sky. And that's what I get. I usually stand dev. in Rodinal, scan the negs on an Epson V 700 and edit in PS 6.

I shoot in a Mamiya C330 - this has a bellows, so I sometimes give an exposure of 1sec and defocus during the exposure, which gives the zoomy effect in some of my images.

Shortly, I'll mod a knackered Lubitel into a pinhole and try Foma 100 in it.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract
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Accreditation Handles: rich langer
Another fomapan bargain

Can be difficult to tell what you're losing relative to the other 2 speeds fomapan offer, grain doesn't become that much more noticeable. Not very interesting with a red filter but great for conventional photography, and certainly the most appropriate for street and action

Perfect for: Landscapes, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Studio work
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Accreditation Handles: rich langer
Flexible sub 100 ISO stock

Great in high contrast situations, producing strong blacks with little noticeable grain. Extended red sensitivity for IR work, though probably not as flexible as superpan in this respect. Will definitely buy again.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners
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Rebranded Fomapan in a nice box

Does what Fomapan 100 does but with nicer box art. For those more interested in the contents, buy Fomapan as its usually cheaper.

Easier than expected!

I bought this some time ago but have avoided shooting it until today because, frankly, I was a little worried about getting it wrong! But, finally, it got loaded into my faithful old Chinon CE5 (the camera I'm most familiar with so least likely to mess up with) and set off armed with a 28mm f2.8 lens, a light meter, a normal red filter, and a 720nm opaque IR filter.

The instructions say to expose as 400ASA unfiltered or 25ASA with an IR filter but said nothing about normal reds. So I started off guessing at 100ASA for that but soon discovered that the TTL metering, with the camera set to the base 400ASA, seemed to be agreeing with the hand-held set to the "filtered" speeds so I just trusted the TTL for the rest of the roll - really couldn't have been easier!

The biggest problem was framing and focusing with the IR filter. First, you can't see through it, and, second, especially on close shots, there can be a significant difference between visible and IR focus.

Very happy indeed with most of the results, with both the IR and the red filters!

In the attached images, the two similar shots of the boat are red-filtered and IR filtered, it's hopefully clear which is which! The gate is red filtered, and you can already see some lightening of the foliage creeping in. The others are IR filtered.

Developed for 7.5 minutes in Rodinal 1:25 and scanned @ 1440dpi.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes
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Accreditation Handles: @angus__duncan
Fantastic Beginner Film

This is a fantastic beginner film, brilliant for those who want to immerse themselves in the world of black and white photography!

Perfect for: Street Photography, Architecture, Studio work, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: https://www.flickr.com/photos/redversphotography/
Super fine grain

Once again another great film contrast levels high but not objectionable and shows little grain.
I had problems developing this film because of the thin base, had to cut it and load it onto two Patterson spirals
Developed in Rodinal 1:50 for 11 min.
This film needs handling with care to avoid scratching the negs .
Otherwise I am happy with the results

I wanted to try 120mm format without going all out on a camera. Although this camera is not the best I think its great for beginners.
The camera has a very mechanical feel to it, its very lightweight (Great if you want to get younger people into film photography) plus its very inexpensive compared to other 120mm cameras.
I used the camera with the Ilford HP5 as this film is a safe choice for a first shoot. The images were better than I expected, a few photographs came out quite blurry and dark but this could have been due to the low lighting I was shooting in. Some of the landscape photos actually look quite nice and perfectly show the films style.
This camera is great for beginners/inexperienced photographers but I would not recommend if you're planning to do full shoots with great images.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Travel, Low light/Night
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Decided to use the Ilford HP5 for my first 120mm shoot on the Diana F+ camera.
The film is very beginner friendly (In all formats). I chose the film as I am quite confident with the 35mm format the film in general is a great safety film for beginners or inexperience photographer but that doesn't mean you don't get some wonderful photographs with the film.
The 400iso also means that the film is very forgiving in low light situations perfect for day or night.