Film Tips and Reviews

old-rolls-of-film
20
Jul 2019

Need to develop an old roll of film? We can help.

“My wife found an undeveloped film roll in a kitchen drawer. She thought the pictures were from her 2003 vacation, but when she got it developed she was amazed to find that they were of her First Communion, 20 years ago!”* Have an old roll of film to develop? We can help Develop your film...

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Light Metering for Photography
17
Jun 2019

Metering for Film Photography: How to Get a Good Exposure

Metering is one of the most important aspects of film photography.  A properly exposed photo will yield the best results–but what is good exposure and how do you get it?  It all depends on the film you’re shooting, the light you’re shooting in, and the look you want. There are many types of meters and...

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Lomo LC-A 120 vs. Holga 120N
5
Jun 2019

Lomo LC-A 120 v Holga 120N

We compare two Lomo cameras – The $400+ LC-A 120 and a Holga 120N which can be found for under $50. See how they compare. The Holga is a fully mechanical, 6×6 medium format toy camera that is made of 99% plastic, including its 60mm fixed f/8 lens. It has 4 zone focus distances, a...

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Accidentally exposed film
5
Jun 2019

Accidentally exposed film… what does it look like?

Ever wonder what your film will look like if you accidentally open the back of your camera? Well, here you go…   A Canon Elan7 with a 36 exposure 35mm roll of Lomo800 film was accidentally dropped 0n the 36th frame. The camera back opened up, exposing the film to bright sunlight. Yikes!  It was quickly closed...

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E-6 slide film ektachrome and transparency film processing
4
Jun 2019

Convert Your Negatives and Slides to Digital Images – Liberate Your Treasured Memories

Free your hidden memories from their dark and decaying box in your closet by converting your negatives and slides to digital files. From holidays, family photos and vacations, your treasured memories remain hidden, stored away as slides or negatives. With computers, social media (#ThrowbackThursday or #TBT) and smartphones, memories are now easily accessible and sharable. We...

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1
Apr 2019

Using smartphone metering apps

There are a lot of great smartphone metering apps – they all pretty much work the same and produce great results. These were all captured on 35mm TMAX 400 with a Leica M3 which doesn’t have a light meter. How to light meter for photography I used the Lumu light meter app. Black & white...

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Arista Edu Ultra 400 Film
28
Mar 2019

Film Review – Arista EDU Ultra 400 ISO 120

Looking for an inexpensive, but quality 120 B&W film?   The Arista Edu Ultra 400 is under $5 (as low as $4.25 with a Google search) and has relatively fine grain with a mild contrast, wide exposure latitude, and very pleasant tones. We shot the Arista film with a Pentax 67 and an old Mamiya...

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20
Mar 2019

Create redscale film from a standard roll of 35mm film

Explore the seriously intense red, orange, and yellow tones of redscale images. Converting your regular 35mm film to redscale is easy and here's the step by step instructions on doing it.

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Kodak Ektar 100
10
Mar 2019

Kodak Ektar 100

Ektar 100 is often the go-to low ISO color negative film. It’s a very versatile professional grade film known for its fine grain and poppy saturated color, great for landscapes, portraiture, and pushes well.  If you’re looking for vibrant color and super fine grain we highly recommend Kodak Ektar 100 which is a color negative film that resembles...

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10
Mar 2019

Ilford Delta 3200 – 35mm and 120 Comparison

Ilford makes Delta 3200 B&W film in both 35mm and 120 formats. This post compares the two formats shot with the same settings and similar focal lengths. See our Delta 3200 vs. TMAX p3200 35mm comparison We love the look of both but there’s a noticeable difference when it comes to the grain. 35mm film grain...

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120-film to a 620-camera
8
Mar 2019

Resurrect Old 620 Film Cameras With 120 Film

Modifying 120 Film for a 620 Film Camera There’s a lot of awesome old cameras out there the use 620 film. To use these cameras, your options are either to buy rerolled 620 film (filmphotographyproject 620 film) or modifying an inexpensive roll of 120 film. 120 film has the same focal length characteristics and is the same...

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HP5 vs Tri-X
7
Mar 2019

A comparison of two B&W classic 120 films – HP5 vs Tri-X

Kodak Tri-X 400 OR Ilford HP5+ 400 Which 120 film do you prefer? Kodak Tri-X 400 is known for its classic grain structure, great contrast with deep blacks and pure whites, while Ilford HP5 PLUS 400 has less contrast with a subtle grain and very pleasant tones. Both are 120 film pushed 1 stop to 800 and...

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22
Feb 2019

How To Make Every Frame Count

We’ve talked about pushing & pulling film, done many film comparisons, and reviewed how to take double-exposures. So far, our blogs have been very technically-driven. But there’s more to shooting film than gear and the technical process. It’s about capturing moments in a unique way that only film can. The catch? You’re capturing life 24-36...

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E6 Slide Film
6
Jan 2019

Choosing 35mm or 120 film

Photographers choosing to shoot with hand-held cameras using film have two main, film formats to choose. The 35mm film format is the more popular film format in the world. It is a very flexible format in which to work. It was first introduced by Kodak in 1934. It can be found in just about any...

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3
Nov 2018

Ektachrome is Back. A comparison of Ektachrome vs. FujiFilm slide film

There are 3 types of film: black & white, color negative, and slide film. While slide film (also known as transparency film, color reversal film, or E-6 film) is not nearly as popular as B&W and color negative, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great film. At one point it was the go-to film for...

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18
Sep 2018

How to Create Double Exposures on Film

Portraits layered over mountain ranges, flowers dotting the contents of a coffee cup, a cityscape rising from the ocean. The possibilities for creative captures are limitless when you dive into the world of double exposures. While they may seem intimidating at first, film double exposures are not as complicated as you may think. Here are...

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6
Aug 2018

15 creative ways to mail your film!

Photography is creative and film photographers are inspired and original. Aside from seeing some truly amazing images, we see some very creative techniques… or at least interesting ways our customers pack their precious little time capsules of film. Below are some of our favorites.   Hmm, what’s this little present? Oh, more work to do...

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19
May 2018

Pushing and Pulling Film

Everything you need to know about Shooting and Developing Pushed or Pulled Film

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20
Mar 2018

T-MAX Test – The New “old” Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 Film

Kodak Alaris  Revives T-MAX P3200, a multi-speed panchromatic black-and-white negative film. This film has a nominal film speed of ISO 800 and the “P” means that it’s designed to be push-processed to EI 3200 or higherP3200. Here are the results of our first test roll of Kodak T-MAX P3200. We were very impressed – this film is...

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27
Jan 2018

First of the roll images – Tip

If you shoot with a manual advance film camera you’ve experienced that the first frame of the roll is usually a partial image. This happens when you take photos prior to your camera hitting zero on the frame counter. These photos are often looked over or forgotten when loading the film. If you advance the...

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Kodak Tri-X 400 vs. Ilford HP5 400 post hero photo
9
Oct 2017

Kodak Tri-X vs. Ilford HP5 – 35mm Film Camparison

Kodak Tri-X 400 vs. Ilford HP5 400 - Which do you prefer?

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18
Sep 2017

Bergger Pancro 400 vs JCH Street Pan 400 film

The Bergger Pancro 400 and JCH Street Pan 400 film are new to the black and white film scene, but have quickly gained traction in the film community and developed a large fanbase. So much so that many online stores have a hard time keeping them in stock. Based on that popularity we set out to...

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Ektar-100-vs-Lomography-100---film-types
21
Jun 2017

Ektar 100 vs Lomography 100 – 35mm Film

By tracy mikulec In Film Tips and Reviews

Ektar 100 is often the go-to low ISO color negative film. It’s a very versatile professional grade film known for its fine grain and poppy saturated color, great for landscapes, portraiture, and pushes well. For an inexpensive alternative, consider Lomography 100. Below is an overview of how each compares on film grain, color and price. Ektar 100 v Lomo...

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Photo Comparison - Film vs Digital
28
May 2017

Film vs Digital – A Photo Comparison

With film usage and adoption on the rise, we wanted to resurrect the debate of digital photos versus analog photos.  As a film processing lab we obviously have a bias, so not going to say which is better, but just to present the differences and list advantages. While in Eastern Sierra Nevada we shot two photos,...

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x-ray-film
13
Apr 2017

Tips for bringing film through airport security and the effects X-rays have on film

Is it true that TSA security X-rays will not affect film below 800 ISO?

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rangefinder-vs-slr
15
Jan 2017

Rangefinder vs SLR

Rangefinder and SLR (single-lens reflex) are the two most common types of film cameras. We detail the differences in each camera style with photo examples.

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Slide film vs
22
Sep 2016

Slide Film vs Color Negative Film

In short, slide film produces a positive image on a transparent base, while color negatives the lightest areas of the photographed subject appear darkest and the darkest areas appear lightest. The color negative film is then reversed during scanning. Slide film is commonly referred to as “E-6” because of the development process consists of 6 baths which includes developer, stop and fixer. While...

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photography Film storage
30
Aug 2016

Tips for storing photographic film… and it is not always the refrigerator.

Most everyone knows about storing film in the refrigerator, but there's more to know.

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Ektar-100-vs
26
Aug 2016

How does a cheap roll of Fujicolor 200 film compare the professional grade Ektar 100?

We decided to head down to our local beach and compare an inexpensive roll of $3 Fujicolor 200 and the professional grade $7 roll of Ektar 100 film. Both are lower iso color negative film, but Ektar 100 with it’s 36 frames and super fine grain costs twice as much as a roll of Fujicolor 200 with 24 frames. Fujicolor 200 vs...

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heat-comparison-film-photography
24
Aug 2016

See what effect heat can have on a roll of film.

Side-by-side comparison - you won't believe how heat can affect film.

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