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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, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
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Accreditation Handles: @natbphotog
The best consumer colour negative film

Ultramax is my go-to general purpose film stock. Good latitude, gorgeous colours, as high-speed as consumer film comes.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Travel
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Accreditation Handles: Joe Horner
A good, solid, film at a nice price point

Shot a roll of thisin an EOS5 with kit zoom lens a couple of weeks ago at a local church and then nature reserve. Had intended to develop in ID11 but used HC-110 by mistake (it's been a long week!) but the film didn't seem to care.

Even with the development oops, it gave nice contrast and a good range of tones with visible but pleasantly smooth grain. Shot at the slightly unusual box speed it may not be the most high impact film out there but it performs solidly enough that I suspect it's a prime candidate for pushing a stop or two, or possibly even pulling with the right subject matter.

Dried reasonably flat after developing and scanned easily on Epson V600 using Vuescan.

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Cinestill 50D - 35mm Film
Fung Ying Cheng
Perfect for: Landscapes, Street Photography, Travel
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Pushing It Works Well

I pushed my roll by 3 stops so the results may look a bit different. I find pushing it makes it more saturated but it still looks pretty good.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Creative/Abstract, Studio work
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Accreditation Handles: @hardwickstudio for both Instagram and Facebook
Lovely grain and fabulous character

I've been using Bergger Pancro 400 almost exclusively since its release in 35mm, 120 and 5x4 and have just fallen in love with this film. I tend to develop in Rodinal 1+25 and adore the grain this combination produces, it has an aesthetic quality and character I find is missing in so many other emulsions. A lot of my work is experimental and Pancro 400 allows me to try things knowing how the film will respond well with a good tonal range and contrast.

I'm experimenting with a few different developers with this film with a wide range of results. Bergger BER49 produced negatives with significantly finer grain and will provide a different option.

This is by far my favourite film and I really don't plan to use anything else for the foreseeable future.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
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Awesome

Using this film for the first time and I am very impressed, it is not as contrasting as HP5, but still it’s a great all rounder, I would certainly recommend this film

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Architecture
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Nice film, First time using this film. I developed the film with Ilfosol 3 for 8.5 Minutes with 1+9 Dilution. Got a few different results which overall I'm quite happy with. The film offers some great tonal ranges.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Travel
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Accreditation Handles: @chuckbbird35mm
Not Ilford's best, but...

This still gave great results, just not as good (in my humble opinion) as F Pan 50 - my all time favourite from Ilford. Nice mellow grain, just make sure it's sunny out!

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

Responsive when shooting indoors & has a real classic black & white richness, pretty smooth grain. Try a roll instead of an Ilford for a change.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Street Photography
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Accreditation Handles: thirty5mill_uk
Surprising results

This was an order equivalent of a 'stocking filler'. I grabbed a roll of this and the 100 speed simply because it was cheap and I was curious. After shooting it and home developing using Kodak D-76, I'm really pleased with the results. So much so, I have since picked up a bulk roll too!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: Instagram: @paulindewsbury
Couldn't wait to try

Having shot double x in 35mm format I just had to give the 120 version a go and I was not disappointed. Shot at 250 iso this film is every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Skies were a little blown out bit I suspect this was operator error..no doubt I'll be buying more of this film stock again very soon. Thank you Cinestill for bringing this to market.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
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My go-to budget B&W stock

Love this film, I've shot more rolls of it than any other stock. Better contrast than Fomapan and plenty of exposure latitude. Pushes quite happily to 400 but still exhibits less grain than HP5

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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A step up from colorplus/gold

A solid colour film stock that has consistently provided better results for me than any other similarly priced stock with the possible exception of Fuji Superia Xtra 400 (although the Fuji stock usually costs £1 or so more per roll). Good colour rendition if a little over-saturated at times - great for bright subjects that pop but possibly less appropriate for more muted tones.

Perfect for: Portraits, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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FERRANIA P30

To my surprise this film is absolutely excellent. I am a long standing analogue photographer and always associated Ferrari with "own brand" cheap labels and colour reversal film with deep blue/cyan casts! The current iteration of P30 film is magnificent it gives great contrast, excellent sharpness and surprising exposure latitude. The negatives are easy to scan and look wonderful with a wide range of tones and significant "punch". i have had excellent results by developing in Foma Excel developer for 13minutes at 20 degrees Centigrade. I am so impressed with the quality of this film that I may use it instead of my long term preferred combination of FP4/microphen.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography
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An excellent budget option

I originally bought this for a project which ended up not happening, and it sat in the drawer until I needed a roll. I used this in a half-frame Olympus Pen EE, with UV + yellow filters and pushed to 200. At this price, it's perfect for experimental work or just messing around. Great tones and contrast, making it a good all-rounder.

Perfect for: Landscapes, Architecture
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Accreditation Handles: monkeypuncher (flickr)
Great for sunny walks

Really happy with the results from this stock, was expecting the decreased red sensitivity would have a negative impact but quite the reverse - good contrast and well controlled grain paired with reasonable exposure latitude. Will definitely be adding this to my list of preferred B&W films

Perfect for: Street Photography, Architecture
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Accreditation Handles: jellyscout_uk
Contrasty, but get your exposure right.

Having seen some of the reviews and Sample photos, I was keen to try this film out. It isn't the cheapest B&W Film but I got it on a special offer.

I was particularly impressed with the shots of buildings, which came out beautifully contrasty and with very little in the way of grain - resizing the scans for this review almost obliterated any grain.

Where it didn't shine so much was in very bright scenes, with lots of sky, probably due to being under exposed by my camera's meter - these pictures seemed much more flat and with far more in the way of grain.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: monkeypuncher (flickr)
HP5 killer!

To make things clear, I'm not a fan of the chunky grain in HP5 and so Delta is a much more attractive proposition for me. Took my first roll out at night and pushed it two stops - from the results you'd think this was it's native speed! Really impressed, this is now my go-to for low light/night photography. Finished up the roll taking some macro shots in the garden and these were equally impressive, so pushing could also be a good choice if you don't want to compromise either shutter speed or depth of field

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Studio work
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Nice but lacks character

A good quality ISO 100 stock suitable for enlarging but lacks the character of Tri-X. Unless you're planning on making largish prints, I'd go with a cheaper stock like Rollei RPX or Agfa APX

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Travel, Low light/Night
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Accreditation Handles: @vintagesnapper on Instagram
Great value film

I'm working my way through as many film types as I can and I really like how the ultramax turned out.

I will be using this one again as the price is reasonable and iso400 covers 90% of my photography.

Beautiful

I didn’t think I’d love this film as much as I do! Gorgeous warm earthy tones.
The examples were taken on a very bright day.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
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Budget black and white that will amaze you

This is easily my favoured stock at this point. I immediately fell in love with the flat nature of the negative, you can easily push and pull this in post - whether it be digitally or in the darkroom. It's very very very forgiving when it comes to exposure, so great for learners too!

Perfect for: Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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Affordable black and white film

Bought this to test an old Kiev 6C I bought cheap online. Easy to process, and you end up with lovely flat images to push and pull in post. Will probably shoot with it some more once I'm able to leave the house again!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners
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A good film

I want to say I am disappointed with the film but that is down to me. I developed it in Rodinal and its not the most recommended to use it mentions this on Silberra website. I am going to have another go with a developer that is more suited to it. Having said that the results are OK however a little grainy. It was a very bright day and the contrast was very high. I did read on Silberra website it is based on Agfa 100ISO film

Delightful!

Lovely little well made pin. A fantastic addition to any camera strap, bag, or anything else. A+

Perfect for: Beginners, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract
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Accreditation Handles: @inagryscale (Instagram)

Nice and cheap film for beginners. Amazing for bright and sunny days. Nice contrast. I used that film in my lomography fisheye2 camera plus I developed myself. During developing film I experimented with time and temperature (because why not?). And I'm happy from results.