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Kodak Tri-X 400 - 120 Film
austen g. (Helston, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: Grainy_waves
Try TRI-x

I'm loving TRi-x developed in rodinal 1.50 . Don't try pushing it with rodinal as it ain't pretty

Is it better than HP 5 ? I don't think so ! Sometimes i struggle to tell them apart

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Kodak Ektar - 35mm Film
David (Swindon, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Architecture, Travel
Accreditation Handles: Flikr: ExeterDevonPhotographer
A beautiful film - treat your exotic holiday photos to something special

I was very impressed by this film. The blues, greens and oranges are really beautiful and the greens especially have a very specific jade tinge that is very distinctive. It's a very sharp film and the grain is extremely fine and even. It is slow, so use of a tripod is definitely beneficial for landscape shots, but I was able to get good sharp handheld shots in bright winter sunshine. It renders people well, though I feel it makes the red in skin look a little strong, like everyone's a bit hot or been drinking... Anyway, highly recommended, and pay for the premium jpegs, as the resolution of this film deserves them (and it costs a lot in the first place!!). Is it better than 2 rolls of ColorPlus? Well, the colour saturation in Ektar is really nice and it's a lot sharper, so if you're going to be taking photos of beautiful forests or the beach, then this could be a great film. I think it would be especially nice for exotic travel shots. All shots are unedited apart from downscaling for upload - they are straight out of my Canon 300V with 24-105mm L lens.

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Fujifilm Instax Wide Film - 2-pack
Dave W. (Faringdon, GB)
Perfect for: Portraits, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Accreditation Handles: @davethewalker80 on Instagram
The best instant film produced in 2024

In my opinion, this product is the best instant film currently available. Great colours, sharp images (in a decent camera), fast and even development. Well worth the money.

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Kentmere VC Select Paper - Glossy
Dave W. (Faringdon, GB)
Better than its price might suggest

This stuff is great! I shoot a lot of BW reversal pinhole photographs and this is great paper for that. Beautiful tones, dries quickly and very affordable. Full marks from me!

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Kentmere 400 - 35mm Film
Wednesday (Hayes, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: @dreadful_utopia on Instagram
Decent Daily Driver

This is a great film that has a very nostalgic and vintage feel. This is a good all-rounder film that offers decent quality at an affordable price. Photos can be a little grainy but look good enough for the price. And, it's the cheapest film you can buy right now*. However, please bare in mind that as a true Black and White film it takes much longer to develop and is quite costly to do so. For example, Max Spielmann (a high street lab found within Tesco Stores) on average takes 2-3 weeks to develop this film at the cost of £12 per roll. Gulabi Lab based in Glasgow develops this film at the cost of £13 per roll but you also have to spend about £3 to send the film to them with Evri or Royal Mail. They do develop it much faster, within a few days, however. Analogue Wonderlab charge £16.

Therefore, while this film may seem affordable at face value, when accounting for development costs it actually does not work out to be the cheapest film you can shoot. Currently, that crown goes to Ilford XP2 Super.

*Kentmere 400 costs £4.75 - £6.19 per roll and £12 - £16 to develop and scan. (£16.75 - £22.19)
Ilford XP2 Super costs £8 - £10 per roll and £8 - £11 to develop. (£16 - £21)

Ilford XP2 can also be developed with c41 chemicals, making turnaround extremely fast (hours to days rather than weeks). So that's also something to bare in mind.

Review written on the 23rd of April, 2024. Prices may have changed since then.

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Kodak Gold 200 - 35mm Film
Adam H. (Greenwich, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners
Accreditation Handles: adamphotographsthings - Instagram
A Great Starting Point

I've just got into film photography and Kodak gold was my starting point. It's a great colour film that's really well priced. I feel like this is a very good place to start learning. It renders colours very well and gives you that all important 'film look'. It also keep the price of mistakes low too!

I'm very much enjoying Kodak Gold and I'll be returning too it in the future espically in the summer.

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Kodak Ektar - 35mm Film
Scott S. (Rotherham, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes
Accreditation Handles: @scott.photos
Summer blue sky film!

Definitely best used on a bright, summer day!

It's a good film - sharp, bright and captures scenes well. It's a bit too contrasty for me and produced some odd blues.

Personal preference is Portra or Gold for these scenes but good to try something new.

Perfect for: Beginners
Fun and easy to use!

Little bit of fun and exactly what you would expect: plastic but some great little holiday snaps.

A good one for beginners or a first entry into film photography!

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Kodak ColorPlus 200 - 35mm Film
Scott S. (Rotherham, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes
Accreditation Handles: @scott.photos
A favourite travel film!

Absolute favourite cheap travel film. Quality is always consistently good and a great one to pop in point and shoots.

Obviously not as sharp or grain free as some professional film stocks but perfect for travel and family photos. Definitely recommend!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Street Photography
Accreditation Handles: @scott.photos
Fun little camera!

Great fun little camera. A really good one for travel or holiday - just easy to pop in your pocket and take with you.

... careful that your finger isn't in front of the lens though!

Used both colour and b&w with this. I think colour works a bit better in my opinion but black and white does have a good aesthetic to it.

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Kodak Gold 200 - 35mm Film
Scott S. (Rotherham, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: @scott.photos
New favourite film!

Amazing for autumn shots and just adding a bit of gold hue to your images.

Can't fault the quality either - as sharp as Portra but a little bit more grain. Personally, I prefer the texture and colour this gives to these images as a whole.

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Fujifilm Instax Square Film - Colour
Scott S. (Rotherham, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Travel
Accreditation Handles: @scott.photos
Perfect!

Really can't fault the quality at all.

Sharp, bright and just a great all round film.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: @scott.photos
A little bit of fun!

A really great camera! It's fun, the quality is pretty good for an instant camera and the colour is great.

The only slightly annoying thing is the flash isn't controllable but I haven't really had any issues with this. It goes off in daytime still but not noticeable and sometimes helps with portraits.

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Harman Phoenix - 35mm Film
gerard s. (London, GB)
Perfect for: Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Studio work
Accreditation Handles: Gerard S
Experimental film for experimental shooting

After getting my first roll of this developed I realized its something very special. Repeating what others have said it's not as precise and well rounded as more traditional film, but certainly creates very interesting results. A lot of my own photographs are used as references for paintings, so I love that it captures things a more accurate exposure would miss. Because of this I would say keep a roll of this on hand for when you want something intense and unpredictable, just be aware that theres a wild animal in your camera that you can't fully tame!

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
Accreditation Handles: https://jimgravesphoto.blogspot.com/2024/04/quirky-cameras-kodak-retina-1a-35mm.html
Get's the job done

HP5 got the job done on a grey day when I was testing a vintage Kodak Retina 1a 35mm camera.

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Ilford HP5 Plus - 120 Film
Jim G. (Wigan, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
Accreditation Handles: https://jimgravesphoto.blogspot.com/
Great All Round Performer

HP5 get's the job done every time. These photos were shot on my most challenging photo walk of 2024 so far, and it's only April. HP5 got the job done in my 1930's Balda Baldax 6x4.5 medium format folding camera.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder
Accreditation Handles: https://jimgravesphoto.blogspot.com/
Solid performer

I love using vintage cameras and always like to have a roll or two of Fomapan 100 in my stash for testing purposes. It's a solid performer even in challenging conditions.

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Rollei Superpan 200 - 35mm Film
Keith S. (Wisbech, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Accreditation Handles: Keith "Tank" Sharples
Perfect for a spring afternoon

Superpan is not only a film that's good for infrared images, but is perfect for this time of year, when the sunlight is somewhat softer. Developed in 510 Pyro, it really comes to life.

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Kentmere 400 - 120 Film
Keith S. (Wisbech, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Accreditation Handles: Keith "Tank" Sharples
Fit for Royalty

I shot my latest roll of Kentmere 400 at the Sandringham Royal Estate in Norfolk. It was a bright spring afternoon..just right to bring the best out of this film, that I developed in HC110 (1+49) for 9 mins 10 seconds at 20°C. The results speak for themselves.....

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Lomography Lady Grey 400 - 35mm Film
Stephen Y. (Leicester, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
Accreditation Handles: www.fineartpics.co.uk
3rd Times a Charm

So this was my 3rd time shooting this film, the 1st failed miserably, the 2nd was a camera failure (ruined film) but this time!! Me is a happy Chappy :-). Love the soft graduated tones of this film. Pics developed and scanned by me with some low level PS editing. My only complaint about film is not the film itself but the canister? So I must look to see if there is a 'Tool' for opening this plastic canister. Is there 1?

Perfect for: Beginners, Street Photography, Travel, Studio work, Low light/Night
Accreditation Handles: Instagram
Cheap though a little grainy

Not a bad budget film. Grain a little bit worse than in Kodak. But a good starter film and reasonably sharp.

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Ilford Delta 100 - 120 Film
M.D. (Greenwich, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
Accreditation Handles: Instagram
Sharp Sharp SHARP!!!!

Just dug out this negative from my collection. Can't remember the developer used but I think it was Ilford DD-X. That's a good developer for sharpness!

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Ilford HP5 Plus - 120 Film
M.D. (Greenwich, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Street Photography, Studio work
Accreditation Handles: Instagram
Black and white staple

Classic emulsion with good speed. Not the finest grained but plenty of latitude.

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Kodak T-MAX 400 - 35mm Film
Simon B. (Bourne, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Street Photography, Low light/Night
Accreditation Handles: @photoproject1511
Great film sharp and detailed

This film was a big surprise! My first T-Max and I’m very happy with the results excellent detail and clarity will definitely be buying more. Looking forward to trying the 100 version when the weather allows 😂

great but

these are a great product and work perfectly but unfortunately one one of my broke it still functions but its a bit anoying