Category: Analog film review

Kodak Portra 400

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Name: Kodak Portra

ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Accurate skin tone, high sharpness

 

Film Review brief Summary

Introducing you another essential film manufactured by Kodak and which is quite popular in the market with it’s well known character for natural skin tone and ideal for most lighting conditions. Kodak Portra is another popular stock film in everyone’s fridge including myself. Except Agfa Vista 400, it is the second film that I used extensively for my work.

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Colour and sharpness

It offers a natural skin tone which is great for shooting portraits. The most distinct character of it is that other film will result in a slightly reddish skin colour and it is quite obvious when comparing with different film using the same lens, such as Agfa Vista 400 and Kodak Ektar 100. The tone from Portra is definitely better as it has a more comfortable colour.

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Also, it is suitable to be used in different lighting conditions such as indoor, outdoor and low light situation (at night) and achieve its natural colour palette whereas Kodak Ektar 100 offers you more contrast and saturated colour. Personally I like Portra more than Ektar as it is more “all-rounded” to be used for different kinds of photography  except landscape. I prefer Portra to be shot with street photography and portraits, while Ektar’s character is more deep and better to be used for landscape photos.

I normally only use Portra 400 during my trips mainly because it is more expensive than other colour negative film available in Hong Kong but I think its quality is much better. It is great for street photographers who wants to achieve a consistent colour rendering. Especially if you are a warm tone person which choose Kodak over Fujifilm.

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Compare Kodak Portra 400 with Agfa Vista 400, Fujifilm Pro400H, Fujifilm X-tra 400 and Kodak Super Gold 400

Agfa Vista 400 has more reddish skin tone, super sensitive to red colour and saturated colour, sharpness is lower than Portra 400.

Fujifilm Pro400H achieves a more pastel colour palette but the grain is more coarse than Portra 400. So Portra 400 has finer grain. But both has really good highlight details without overblown and great to pushed with.

Fujifilm X-tra 400 has greenish tint and coarser grain but price is relatively cheaper than Portra 400 but it has discontinued in 2017.

Kodak Super Gold 400 results much warmer tone than Portra 400 but it is not as sharp as the Portra. But is is cheap bargain for serious film shooters.

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Film is very pushable

To be honest, I haven’t tried pushing the film or overexposing it at different ISO speed. But from what I have heard from other film users. They like it to be overexposed 1 or 2 stops to give you or pushed at ISO800 and still give you an optimal result.

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Using Portra 400 at night

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More images shot with Portra 400

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古巴-夏灣拿-菲林-Barber-salon-haircut-men-portrait-indoor-Portra-400-iso400-Kodak-Leica-M2-Summicron-35mm-f2-35-IV-7elements-cienfuegos-Cuba-Analog-film-reviewCienfuegos, Cuba (Leica MP Summilux 35/1.5 asph FLE) (Top and bottom left and right)

 

 

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JCH Street Pan 400

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An alternative for Black and White Film Shooters?

I am always so excited whenever there is new film launched in the market, so I picked few rolls of JCH Street Pan 400 out of curiosity. I pre-assumed that this film is just a normal black and white film with high contrast and little details. But after the film was developed by lab. I was happy with the result and decided to try few rolls more. I spoke to the lab about it and they said the film base is similar to Rollei/AGFA, very thin and top and bottom unexposed areas are transparent after developed.

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Name:
 JCH Street Pan 400

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with fine grain structure

 


The Reborn of a Surveillance film

JCH Street Pan 400 is not having a newly invented emulsion, it is an old discontinued surveillance film that was made by AGFA. In 2016, Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter decided to bring this film back to life. JCH website mentioned that It has high sensitivity to red lights, and it is optimal for different weather conditions and under low light environments.

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Contrast and Greyscale 

The contrast of JCH Street Pan is fairly high at box speed. But it helps to bring out the mood with such contrast level keeping a great tonality. It has rich greyscale, but not as broad as Kodak Tri-X and the tone is great for street photography which performs really well under different weather conditions. So you don’t have to worry about getting a grey and flat result on a cloudy day as other black and white film needs more sunlight and push the film to get the same tonality.

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Compare JCH Pan 400 with Kodak Tri-x, ilford HP5 (Grain, Contrast, Mood)

I would describe JCH Pan 400 is a film between Tri-x and ilford HP5, a mixture of both. JCH Street Pan 400 is characterised by its fine grain structure. It is not as grainy as Tri-X or HP5 and the grain structure is similar to HP5. It can easily render the mood that I want at box speed. However, to get the same mood with HP5 or Tri-X you have to push the film to ISO800 or even 1600.     

Development times:

R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 25 10:30
R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 50 22:00
R09 Spezial / Studional 1 + 15 8:30
R09 Spezial / Studionial 1 + 31 17:00
Rollei Supergrain 1 + 12 7:00
Rollei RLS (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 4 14:30 (24°)
Ilford Ilfosol 3 1 + 3 5:00
Illord ID-11 / Kodak D-76 1 +1 10:50
Ilford Perceptol 1 + 1 10:00
Kodak HC-110 B (1+31) 5:00
Kodak X-Tol 1 + 1 17:00
Tanol (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 1 + 100 19:30
T-max Dev 1+4 at 20c 9:00

Source from JCH Website

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What cameras/gears did I use to take the images?

Leica M2 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV
GW690II

Where to buy?

Barton1972
JCH Offical website

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400

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Name: AgfaPhoto Vista Plus

ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Sensitive to red colour, saturation is high

 

Brief Summary

ISO 400 is the perfect box speed to shoot under different conditions. Since my beloved Kodak Super Gold 400 has already been discontinued. I need to find a replacement for it. I tried Kodak Portra 400 but we didn’t really work out. I always have the impression that the Agfa Vista 400 is cheap with low quality reflected on its price tag. But I was totally wrong to have this impression to it. Why? Let me explain with the follow points.

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Sharp colour and fair sharpness

“RED” is the first impression of Agfa Vista, at the same time it is the signature. It has great skin tone reproduction which I am quite surprised. I love how it can enhance my presentation on street snaps. When I do photo walk in Hong Kong, I always wanted to bring up colour as one of the key matter in my content. Agfa Vista 400 helps me a lot with bringing up the sharp colour rendering. Also, it is great to use under different weather as other film cannot really bring up the right mood when the weather is bad. And normally I will just shoot with black and white film immediately when I knew it is going to rain on that day. Frankly speaking, I like it more than X-tra 400 or Superia Premium 400 because it doesn’t has the Fuji green tint. I like it presented in warmer tone like the Kodak film and it is cheap in price. Sharpness is fair, not so sharp compare with Kodak Portra 400 but you couldn’t ask for more with such price.

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Grain

Even though they stated it has fine-grain structure on their website. But I think their grain formation is a bit coarse. When you compare other film with ISO400. Agfa’s grain is less appealing. I find Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and Portra 400 are much better in grain structure with more consistent and smooth grain particles.

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Why do I prefer Agfa Vista 400 than Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400?

Based on my experience of using these films. The main reason I love Agfa is that it has wide exposure latitude that makes me achieving consistent result under different lighting environment. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, it maintains great grey balance. However, for Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400, when you use it on cloudy day and lack of sunlight, the mood will be more depressed. So I would describe Agfa Vista as a happy film, it absorbs colour and present it in high saturation. On the other hand, the thing that I like Agfa Vista more than Kodak Portra 400 is that I can get better tone in various environment, such as landscape, portrait even though the grain is not as fine as Portra 400. But all these characteristics shape the Agfa Vista 400 to be an all -rounded film.

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Rollei Vario Chrome 200-400

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Name: Rollei Vario Chrome

ISO: 320

Film type: Positive Slide

Character: High saturation with warm tone

 

Vintage feel and Warm tone

Rollei Vario Chrome is a daylight highspeed colour reversal film with good sharpness. The warmth produced from the film depends on the environment that you use, the brighter the sun is, the warmer the picture will be. Besides, I discovered that it is quite similar to its brother, Rollei CR200 slide film. Except that CR200 tends to be more attracted to green or blue colour. Rollei Vario Chrome tends to be more sensitive to yellow and orange colour. Also, it has strong orange cast in it and Vario tends to has a more vintage looking.

All of the sample images was taken on a dazzling day.

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mmRollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a
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Quite special when you look at it again and again

At first, I was attracted by its fancy packaging and the beautiful film cassette. After the film was developed at my local lab. I was shocked looking at the slides, even Mike, the owner from Colourluxe lab also has his jaw dropped. Both of us were thinking why is it so warm? Few days later when I look at it again and again, I think it is quite special and distinguished from my other images.

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mmRollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mmRollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a

Which ISO speed to shoot at? 200? 320? 400?

The box speed is at ISO320. But offical website mentioned that the ISO speed is ranging from 200 to 400. The concept is that if you use it at ISO200, it will be slightly overexposed and achieve with lower saturation. At ISO400, the image will be slightly underexposed. So you can follow this rule to set the ISO to determine what kind of images result you would like to have. In my opinion, I like it at ISO400, exposure is similar to other positive slide film.

200 – 320 ISO: Lower saturation (preferable for scanning applications)

320 – 400 ISO: Higher saturation (preferable for slide projection)

Source from macodirect

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm king of bokeh Warm tone New film reviewRollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a

 


What lenses did I use
to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-asph

CineStill 50 Daylight

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What so special about CineStill 50D?

Same as CineStill 800T, it is a cinema film with emulsion from Kodak motion picture and modified to be suitable with C-41 processing too. For more information, you can refer to CineStill official website.

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Name: CineStill 50 Daylight

ISO: 50

Film type: Daylight Colour Negative

Character: High resolution and sharpness

Weather determines your colour palette!

CineStill 50D is different from its brother, CineStill 800T. It is a colour balanced daylight film at 5,500K. If any of you who is not familiar with colour temperature, you can have a look at B&H’s website. It renders a super cool tone if there is a lack of sunlight but at the same time it can gives you a normal tone on a bright sunny day. I strongly believe that colour temperature determines your image palette and it affect the mood and emotion in it. In general, it has an orange cast compare with Kodak Ektar 100 and Skin tone is abit “off” with CineStill 50D.

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High resolution and Superb Sharpness

Images from CineStill 50D were with super high sharpness at ISO50, 100 and 200. I think the grain from it is even finer than Ektar 100. They also claimed to be the world’s sharpest and finest grain colour film at their official website. Seriously, it is almost the same as the images taken with a Digital SLR.

Afraid of using such a low ISO film?

Not sure any of you would have the same thought that low ISO speed film are often tend to be harder to use. In order to make good use of the film, and be able to use at smaller apertures After testing the film with  ISO100 and ISO200, both results gave me more solid colour palette, increased contrast and the outcome is better than using it at ISO50. So any of you who have not tried CineStill 50D, you can try to use it at higher ISO speed. Another similar exposure latitude, you may also try Kodak Ektar 100 to gives you a higher saturated colour and warmer tone.

Sample images below with film pushed to ISO100 and 200

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taxi-fit-righti-into-the-perfect-spot-geometry-asymetrical-asia-street-photography-streetsnap-hong-kong-HK-Cinestill-50D-iso50-movie-film-kodak-analog-summicron-35mm-f2-iv-pre-a-king-of-bokeh-50D-iso200-pushed
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Tourist-visiting-palace-in-bangkok-thailand-wearing-sunglasses-with-shiny-gold-decoration-interior-street-snap-hk-cinestil-cine-cinestill50-50D-film-analog-leica-m2-Noctilux-50mm-f1-e58-v1

What lenses did I use to take the images?

Nikon 35mm f2D

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-asph

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58

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so-hot-but-chill-on-beach-with-cold-drinks-Pattaya-Thailand-using-film-leica-m2-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-8elements-hk-cinestill-Cine-movie-film-analog-c41-unique-color-film-review-street-streetsnap-streetphotography-50D-iso50
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the-unique-landscape-of-rock-formation-granite-geography-hongkong-hk-hong-kong-cinestill-cinestill50-cinestill50D-iso200-pushed-hot-weather-east-dam-water-portrait-Nikon-f100-film-camera-50mm-f1.4D-1.4
the-unique-landscape-of-rock-formation-granite-geography-hongkong-hk-hong-kong-cinestill-cinestill50-cinestill50D-iso200-pushed-hot-weather-east-dam-water-portrait-Nikon-f100-film-camera-50mm-f1.4D-1.4
Laam-denise-prewedding-pre-wedding-hongkong-hk-hong-kong-cinestill-cinestill50-cinestill50D-iso200-pushed-hot-weather-east-dam-water-portrait-Nikon-f100-film-camera-50mm-f1.4D-1.4
Laam-denise-prewedding-pre-wedding-hongkong-hk-hong-kong-cinestill-cinestill50-cinestill50D-iso200-pushed-hot-weather-east-dam-water-portrait-Nikon-f100-film-camera-50mm-f1.4D-1.4

Kentmere 400

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Ilford B&W negative alternative?

Ilford film is pricy but with high quality. If you are looking for low-budgeted film that allows you to shoot more extensively, Kentmere is the best option for you to take some nice black and white photos. It is cheap, reliable and has the “Classical” grey tone. This film only available in 135 format. It would be great if it has medium format too.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Broad tonal range, fine grain and good sharpness

Broad tonal range with good contrast

I would say the Kentmere 400 is with great price and quality. I discovered this film from Free Style Photographic Supplies back in 2010 (mainly because of the cheap price offered). After trying several of it I was quickly attracted by its tone, a classic mood with nice texture produced in the images, the tone gradation has so many layers. I have been shooting the film under daylight, indoor or even with studio flash, under different situation the film produced stable and unique character, especially the silver glittering highlight and it gives you a general nice grey tone. Overall, the white tone stands out more than other black and white film. Here is some images review below.

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Fine grain and good sharpness

It is a relatively grainy B&W film. Even I developed it with Ilford DDX developer (Great pair with fast film). However, the grain makes the film quite special because it enhanced the micro-contrast and the grain is not heavily done. I would describe Ilford HP5 grain is “Heavy” and this Kentmere film grain is “Soft and light”. If you are looking for fine grain black and white film, I would suggest you to use Ilford Delta series. It has high sharpness and portrait every detail in the film.

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Pushing the film

This film is not that flexible to push compare with Ilford Delta, HP5 or Kodak Double-X. It will lose details and textures in the highlight easily and also the darker shadow will become rich dark black. I have tried to use it at ISO800 or up to ISO1600.

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What lenses did I use?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 v3

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Holocaust-Berlin-travel-visit-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-35-v1-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review
Making-new-friends-Munich-Germany-Black-and-white-analog-film-leica-summilux-50mm-50-f1.4-v2-Kentmere-400-iso400-film-review-snapshot
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Fujichrome Provia 100F (RDPIII)

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Name: Fujifilm Fujichrome Provia 100F (RDPIII)

ISO: 100

Film type: Positive Slide

Character: Medium saturation with fine grain

 

Colour and Character

Provia 100F is a daylight balanced colour slide film with super fine grain. Medium contrast and saturation character make this film ideal for use in landscape, portrait and nature photography. I would recommend you to use the film at ISO 100 or maximum at ISO 200 and to avoid pushing the film beyond this as it will cause the contrast to go up and lose the details in shadow. It has the signature green tint inherited from Fujifilm and this film is sensitive to blue and purple colour. Compare with Velvia 50 or Velvia 100F, Provia 100F tends to render a cooler mood and skin tone is more natural.

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Accurate metering is the Key

Sometimes RDP III can be difficult to use. Not too bright or too dark is the key of success with this transparency film. You have to get the right exposure in order to have great picture result. My advice is to use light meter to check on different spots and get an average exposure. Otherwise, the picture will be overblown or too dark that cannot be saved from post processing.

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Dynamic Range is narrow

The film is too rigid to shoot under different conditions. Thus, it is the main reason why slide film is not my daily film even it gives you vibrant, accurate colour correction and “3D” feeling. Negative film is more flexible that can let you set +/- EV for 2/3 stops but slide film will mess up your images if you do that.

When should I use Provia 100F?

Bright sunny day would be the best time to snap with the Provia 100F because if the light is too dim, the picture will look more flat and muddy. Therefore, I prefer using it outdoor with sunlight. But if you love to take dramatic pictures at night with colour shift, then Provia 100F is the film that you should work with.

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Long Exposure with RDPIII?

Base on Provia 100F (RDP III) data sheet for long exposure more than 4 minutes, it needs a colour correction filter of 2.5G with an exposure correction of +1/3 stop otherwise it will lead to a colour shift.

What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58

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lithgow-cecilia-jumping-in-ruins-blast-furnace-shadow-voigtlander-15mm-f4.5-v1-ltm-leica-sydney-australia-provia-100f-RDPIII-RDP-Fuji-Fujifilm-Slide-E6-positive-135format-study-road-trip
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Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

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Motion picture black and white film?

Most of you must have already been using motion picture colour negative film such as CineStill 50D, CineStill 800T…etc. Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X is Kodak’s legendary 35mm black and white cine film available for use in 35mm camera. Films such as Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000) and Casino Royale (2006) have used Double-X to evoke strong emotions like only black-and-white can do.

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Name: Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

ISO: 200 (Tungsten), 250 (Daylight)

Film type: Black and white

Character: Medium contrast with medium grain structure

 

Wide greyscale and sharpness 

Double-X has the subtleties in tone scale with a scratch-resistant backing layer. It also has a great depth of field without increased illumination. With its stunning tones and dynamic range, any developer in the market could have it developed nicely and resulted in good sharpness. Comparing the Eastman Double-X with Kodak Tri-X, the later one gives you a relatively harder sharpness. If you like softer tone and use with vintage Leica glass, then Double-X for sure is something that you are looking for.

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Superb dynamic range and Fine grain

It has very long density range and with medium contrast for movie making. When you use the film in high contrast environments, highlights and shadows are kept in great details. I have developed some of them in Kodak HC-110 (B) before and resulted in low contrast. Some online forum suggested that using Kodak D76 developer is the perfect match! Eastman Double-X is mainly for movie making and the grain is much finer than Kodak Tri-X and I think the grain intensity is between Ilford HP5 and Delta 400.

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Comparing Double-X with other black and white film

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

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Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test filmBlack and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Double-X is flexible to be pushed up to ISO800 and usually I rate it at ISO 400 for street snaps in daylight. At ISO 400, aperture step down, compose and shoot! It gives you autonomy to use at different ISO speed in different circumstances and it ease the pain to consider which film to bring for your own trip.

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What lenses did I use?

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2 asph

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58 v1

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Ilford Delta Professional 400

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Ilford Delta 400

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Name: Ilford Delta Professional

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Fine grain, high sharpness with medium contrast

Difference between Delta 400 and HP5+

Ilford Delta 400 is a high-speed black and white film which has a modern emulsion (tabular-grain film) that can result with finer grain but with less latitude. I would say its tone belongs to the modern days while Ilford HP5+ belongs to the past with more grain and tonal range. Delta 400 gives you a much cooler tone and produce “cleaner” images especially using it for portrait.

Greyscale and sharpness 

Delta 400 offers superior depth in greyscale. It has more even tonal range which gives you a modern feeling and absolute predictability on the image result. While HP5 plus is more classic and artistic and producing images in charcoal like drawings. Beside, it has great sharpness at ISO 400 or even up to ISO 1600. With such a great gradation on tone, it is one of the best high speed films for portrait photography.

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How is Delta different from other brands?

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Grain

With the use of core-shell crystal technology, it produced fine grain structure at ISO 400. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 is more modern because of its uniform grain structure. But why do some of us still prefer HP5+ instead of Delta 400 even its grain is so smooth? The reason might be the smoother grain lack of strong character and images are relatively flat. However, the coarser grain from HP5+ gives you better texture and a more unique character.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford Delta has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO800 or even at ISO3200, same as HP5+ and the result is excellent, except that HP5+ will be grainy but Delta Professional can keep its contrast consistently at different rate. I would recommend it to be processed using Ilford DDX developer to achieve the finest grain and improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Rolleiflex 2.8F

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CineStill 800 Tungsten

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CineStill 800 Tungsten Xpro

Is it a motion picture film?

It is a cinema film with emulsion from Kodak Vision 3 5219, but the film is modified and suitable for C-41 processing. The gamma yielding is increased from ISO 500 to ISO 800. For more information, you can visit the CineStill official website.

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Name: CineStill 800 Tungsten Xpro

ISO: 800

Film type: Tungsten Colour Negative

Character: Tungsten, pushable and not contrasty

 

Colour and Character

It is a high speed negative film for low light situation and most importantly, the film is “pushable” which means it gives you flexibility to rate the ISO up to 3200 (2 stops faster). CineStill 800T is great to pair with neon lights at night with its distinctive cool colour tone. The overblown red colour and natural skin tone impressed me and I immediately think of the movie Chungking Express, directed by Wong Kar Wai; while other high speed film such as Fujifilm Natura 1600 will give you a warmer tone.

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Recommended ISO and acceptable exposure for push processing:

ISO 800 – No push – EI 200-1600
ISO 1250 – 1 stop push – EI 800-2000
ISO 1600 – 2 stop push – EI 1250-3200
ISO 3200 – 3 stop push – EI 1600-3200 (added contrast)

Source from CineStill

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Grain

At ISO 800, the film is surprisingly smooth and I have seen so many sample pictures that even pushed to ISO 3200 and the grain is not really an issue. At the same time, it beats Fujifilm Natura with finer grain and it gives you higher sharpness and details.

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Should I try CineStill 800T?

If you are a fan of bokeh with colourful lights and love shooting at night. I would highly recommend you to use this film. Even though Fujifilm Natura has announced to discontinue its production, I still prefer CineStill more than other high-speed negative film. It became my “only” film to use at night. With the flexibility to push the film, I don’t have to worry about blurring my pictures caused by the slow shutter speed. It also create the movie feeling that stands out from the traditional negative film that we have been using for many years.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 II ASPH

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 e58 version 1

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