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B+W film suggestion

felix5616

Member
i am about to start shooting film again. I would like to pick a single B+W film. I shoot mostly landscape. Looking for a suggestion for something with nice tonality and sharpness. I would most likely send off the film for development to a dip and dunk process.
 

glenerrolrd

Workshop Member
FUJI ACROS 2 . ISO 100 ..Fine Grain . Superb Tonal Range . After testing a few rolls ...I like THEFINDLAB but the Darkroom Lab is also good . None of the Labs I tried were perfect and they were all almost the same . If I was near NYC I would use a NY lab as mail is really slow .
 

MartinN

Active member
In sheet film I prefer Fomapan 100. Cheap and quite good. In rollfilm I need more sharpness and finer grain. Therefore Kodak T-max 100. And in 35mm, well there is always a lot of grain so minimizing is not so appropriate.
 

MartinN

Active member
By the way, developing B&W is so much fun. Immediate fun. And really experimenting with time and strength of different developers. One film simply can't be said to represent something because developed in different developers can be worlds apart. And very special hi resolution technical ortho film can't be developed in normal developers.
 
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spijker

New member
What format are you planning to use; 120, 35mm, sheets? If it's 120 or 35mm, I'd suggest Ilford XP2. It's developed in the C41 (color negative) process so practically every lab can do it. It also scans easily and allows the scanner to use ICE for dust removal. That saves you a lot of hassle with cloning out dust in post. If you'd ever decide to do some darkroom printing, it prints well as it doesn't have an orange mask. My experience with XP2 was that I got the best results when exposed at 200 ISO.

On the other hand, as MartinN said, developing is not difficult and it gives you much more control over the end result. Kodak and Ilford films are of high quality and widely available. So if you decide to go that route, start with something that is easy to get in your area and develop it in the recommended developer of the same manufacturer. Liquid concentrate works easier than powder that you need to mix first yourself. Personally I use Ilford Delta 100 and 400 in 120 rolfilm, developed in Ilford DD-X. That works for me. I can buy it all at a local store, the developer keeps well and the film/dev combination gives me good results. I still print in the darkroom and (DSLR) negative scans are just for the web. I also use the scans for the catalogue and to determine what/how to print in the darkroom sessions.
 

jdphoto

Well-known member
Try Ilford's Pan F plus 50 ISO for really clean, high resolution photos. I also shoot with Kodak's Portra 400 rated at 200 iso and convert to B/W. It has a wide latitude and likes a slight bit of over exposure, hence, the 200 iso. It's a surprisingly good film for B/W. If you want more grain, go with a higher iso.
 
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anyone

Well-known member
I shoot Ilford Delta 100 for all my landscape work, it is fine grained with nice tonality. Developing with DD-X.
 

Alkibiades

Active member
For my experience Ilford Delta 100 is the best film if you want to get best sharpness, resolution, finest grain and very good tonality. And it is easy to develope.
the tonality is better and easier to use then T-max, and you get the film in all sizes.
Fuji acros is very, very sharp but with special tonality and hard to get, no large format sizes...
T max is sharp also but not easy to develope well, not an easy film.
all modern films are also good for scanning, better than the classic.
 
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