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03-25-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Recommended film for B&W landscapes

Hi,
This is very late notice, but I'm heading off on a holiday to New Zealand in a few days and will be taking my Super Program (as well as digital).
I came to the realisation recently that I have almost no clue about using B&W film for landscapes. So I would appreciate a little bit of a discussion about it, and if possible some recommendations of film types and usage. I should have the time to get another roll or two on Saturday if required.

Here is what I will be taking (so far):
- Super Program with M50 f1.4 and M28 f3.5
- Polarizing filter and Cokin GND filter set (bought for digital but could use on either, all 49mm)
- Few rolls of Kodak BW400CN and Tri-X 400, as well as some Ektar 100 for colour.

Would lower ISO B&W film be better suited to landscapes in general? Or is it just a matter of grain and detail?

cheers,
Jason

03-25-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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I am a fan of Agfa APX100 and that is the only 135-100ASA that I shoot now so I am biased but I love the tones that this film gives.

Cheers,

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But the APX100 is hard to find at the moment. I'd go for either Fuji Acros or Rollei Retro 80S.
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Thanks guys, I'll try and get to the camera shop soon - they seem to have a good selection of film so hopefully they will have at least one of the 3 suggestions above
Luc, nothing wrong with a bit of bias, I have seen a couple of your B&W shots on here and they look very nice...

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QuoteOriginally posted by goddo31 Quote
Luc, nothing wrong with a bit of bias, I have seen a couple of your B&W shots on here and they look very nice...
Thank you and good luck sourcing film for your trip.

Cheers,

Luc
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+1 for the fuji acros, this is low in cost and quite high in quality, and easy to handle to boot (less curling than Kodak and Ilford). The difference to the ASA 400 films is fairly significant, in my experience, in 35mm. You may consider taking a tripod - or at least a cable release so you won't have to mess with the self timer in lower light. Just situate the camera on something, this will help keep things sharp.
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Re: film for landscapes

I second the opinion of APX 100, a wonderful film. I also very much like Ilford PAN F+, although at ISO 50 a tripod is usually a requirement.

With APX 100 harder to come by these days I use Ilford FP4+ when PAN F+ is too slow.
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It depends on what you can find....
and what you want to achieve.... I do not find the grain of 400 films objectinable and have done some landscape picutres with it.
In the 100s you'll find grain to be much finer; which can render better details
Fuji Acros is great, but also Delta 100 or Tmax 100 (exposed as 50)
PlusX is hard to beat in the Kodaks; better than FP4 IMHO

BUT if you have a tripod/time I would go for EFKE/ADOX 25 or Ilford PanF+ which are a real step up
OR Ilford SFX for Infrared

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I forgot to mention the tripod, so yes I will definately be bringing a tripod and shutter release cable. Thanks for all the great suggestions, I'll see what I can find tomorrow. I like a bit of grain from the 400 films too, but I think the suitability depends on subject IMO.

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Agfa APX100 film is available from this online seller: ultrafineonline.com
Freestyle sells Kodak Plus-X film rebranded as Arista Premium 100 and Fuji Neopan 100 (SS): freestylephoto.biz

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Ok, so I managed to get my hands on some Fuji Acros and some Ilford FP4, will see how it goes!
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Agfa APX100 film is available from this online seller: ultrafineonline.com
Freestyle sells Kodak Plus-X film rebranded as Arista Premium 100 and Fuji Neopan 100 (SS): freestylephoto.biz

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Chris,
Have you used the "private label" APX100 from ultrafineonline.com?

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