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05-22-2017, 06:32 PM   #16
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The shutter speeds of the FE2 are controlled by a battery-powered crystal oscillator. It doesn't suffer from slow shutter speeds like old mechanical cameras do. Put the camera on Automatic and shoot a roll of slide film. The results will tell you yes or no on the metering circuitry.

You've listed three ASA-400 black & white films. Two are tabular-grain (Delta & TMAX). You likely won't see much difference between those two. You WILL see a difference between the T-grain films and the traditional grain of Tri-X. It's like switching from polished marble to chiseled granite. Pick one of the three and buy several rolls of it. Buy ten if you can. Buy 100 feet of it and a bulk-loader if you can. Keep shooting that film until you know exactly what it's going to look like when developed. Keep shooting it until you know what to do to get it to look exactly the way you want it to look when developed. If you're developing your own film, stick to one developer for your one film until you know how long to develop and what happens if you go longer or shorter and your rhythm for agitation is subconscious.

Recommendations: Tri-X and HC-110 are a tried & true combination. Every film photographer should know Tri-X. B&H has 100' bulk rolls of short-dated Tri-X on sale right now...

Color film? I only use it in 35mm for special occasions, and then I buy whatever is cheapest.

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