Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS 10S (EOS 10)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 7, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Canon EOS 10S will be based on the lighting conditions, lens, and type of film you want to use.

To avoid having to haul around a flash and/or tripod, purchase a film that has an ISO of 400 or faster.

Make sure you have a fast lens if you want to shoot photos in low light, conditions that are frequently found indoors.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - A great selection for an array of conditions. Kodak UltraMax 400 is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the EOS 10S in almost all situations.

Expect images to appear a bit warm with pleasant colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on your location, this film could have greater availability. It's a top-quality alternative to Kodak film.

Fuji photographs tend to have cooler tones with notable blues and greens compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color film with an ISO of 800, there are only a small number of choices. For film focused on consumers, this is the sole available option.

Additionally, if you own a medium format camera, Lomography 800 is also offered in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - An excellent solution to obtain that mid-80s through 90s feeling. Use a flash to get the "authentic" look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to produce the most popular look the film has to offer. This will produce the appealing colors everyone loves Kodak Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - By far the most popular color negative film among film shooting enthusiasts online. Overexpose the film by 1 or 2-stops to get the rendering the film is well-known for.

Plus, ISO 160 and ISO 800 emulsions of Kodak Portra. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 are also available to buy.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equal to Portra 400, but with a distinctive color profile. Expect to see more vibrant blues and greens.

8x10 or 4x5 sheets of film are not produced, but 120 film is available.

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have reasonable prices and excellent quality, making them favorable to try in the Canon EOS 10S.

The primary draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very low price. Even if you wouldn't put yourself in those groups, it's great to have comparatively cheap rolls of 35 film readily available for evaluating recently delivered used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It is made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable considering that allows this to be the most broadly sold B&W film out of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - This is likely to be less difficult to acquire in Europe as the film is manufactured inside of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A very good 35mm film to choose for your initial couple of attempts at analog photography or developing film at home. Additionally, a good selection if you happen to be trying out a camera to guarantee that it is functioning properly.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest store to buy this film is straight from Ultrafine.

They distribute developer kits for color 35mm film, so if you process film at home you could have already done business with them.

Professional

Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 are the 2 most commonly used black & white 35mm film emulsions. While they both possess unique looks, they have several traits that are equivalent that makes them so popular.

Both film emulsions can be pushed 2 stops and still deliver very good photographs. A roll can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them quite flexible.

Box of Ilford HP5 Plus ISO 400 35mm Black & White Film

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The primary differences are that HP5 Plus is more affordable and has lower levels of contrast when compared to Tri-X. A lack of contrast can be advantageous because of the fact that contrast can be increased when making a print in the darkroom or through digital post-processing.

The film emulsion still appears good when pushed 2-stops. It is also recognized for having subdued grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film stock provides a more distinctive style. To achieve the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it will need to be developed in Kodak D-76.

You're going to clearly see considerably more contrast with Kodak Tri-X. That is awesome if it is the overall look you are after because it requires not as much work when making a print or editing digitally.

Reversal Film

Film emulsions that create a positive image are referred to as slide, transparency, or reversal film. That means a lightbox or projector can be used to view the photographs.

This is unique from the more often used negative film stocks that produce photographs that require the colors to be inverted in order to be viewable.

Slide films have much less dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative film and so they are perceived as harder to shoot.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. The colors don't look oversaturated. It has been color balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is an extraordinarily sharp daylight color balanced transparency film with high levels of contrast and saturation, giving photos a distinctive look. Matched against all the transparency films offered, it has the best resolving power.

An ISO 100 emulsion is also available for purchase.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Delivers realistic and vibrant colors with moderate color saturation and contrast. It has an ultrafine grain with a daylight color balance.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white reversal film, marketed by Fomapan as having very good resolving power, increased levels of contrast, and very fine grain. It's also mentioned as a replacement for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Professional film stock have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and increased latitude, which is why pro-film costs more.

There is a big difference in businesses that sell it. Consumer film stocks can more often than not be seen in big-box stores and pharmacies in meager quantities. Professional film will need to be ordered from camera store or online.

Film ISO

A film's sensitivity to light is represented by the ISO.

The bigger the film's ISO, the less light will be necessary to get a photograph. This comes at the expense of larger sized film grain.

It is often quite challenging to handhold the EOS 10S with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). This is due to the fact that if you do not have full sun, the shutter speeds might take longer than what you could handhold without creating motion blur.

A flash, tripod, and/or fast lens are going to assist you with longer exposure times. The extra accessories might not be needed if you decide to use a higher speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

The ISO is set by the Canon EOS 10S electronically. This is a change from previous SLRs that use an ISO knob.

Film Latitude

Latitude is the range of stops film can be overexposed while retaining satisfactory images. Pro films have a greater latitude paired with a somewhat increased cost.

Negative film has a larger amount of latitude than reversal film. That is a reason why it is deemed to be harder to shoot.

Dynamic Range

The range between the highlights and shadows details of a photo is known as dynamic range. Parts of a picture that don't fit within this range will be seen as totally black underexposed shadows or completely white overexposed highlights.

A larger dynamic range is advantageous given that it makes working in variable lighting situations easier.

  • Digital cameras 14+ stops
  • Negative film up to 13 stops
  • Slide film 6-8 stops

Slide film is regarded as a challenge to shoot resulting from the limited dynamic range. An extremely good time to try it out would be during the golden hour.

Film Type

The Canon EOS 10S uses 35mm film that is sold in metal canisters. It’s also the best-selling film format and is on occasion called 135 film.

120 or 220 film, used in medium format cameras, is the only other type of film you are probably going to notice.

Switching the film you are working with will alter the look of your pictures. This is an example of the excellent things about shooting film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Just about all commercially available 35mm film offered at this point has DX encoding on the canister. This makes it possible for cameras to auto-detect and set the ISO of the film put in the camera.

The Canon EOS 10S will set the film ISO automatically. That is due to the fact that the camera is capable of reading the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon EOS 10S Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a variety of possibilities for where to process 35mm film. For a more complete discussion of the possible choices, check out my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film does not get developed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship film away to be developed by a 3rd party. As a consequence, you will not be given your processed negatives back.

  1. Develop Film at Home
  2. Use a Local Photography Lab
  3. Use a Mail Order Photo Lab
  4. Pharmacy or Big Box Store

Shipping film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the easiest solution if you are just starting to shoot film. If you regularly use film, this may be a drawback since it can get very expensive.

There are a few things that can be done to lower the costs required to use film, provided that you're going through a moderate to high-volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Investing in a roll of 100 feet of film and loading it into canisters by hand is one of the leading options to lower your expenses.

A 100-foot bulk roll should fill up around 18 canisters of film with 36 exposures. Expect cost savings of 20-30% depending on your pick.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you are only going to find 100-foot rolls of black and white film. This is due to the fact black & white film is easier and more cost-effective to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

It's easy to develop and digitize any film yourself. In fact, it's an intelligent way to lower your costs so that you can use more film with your Canon EOS 10S.

Black & white film is significantly less complicated to process at home. Chemical temperature and time are both not as imperative to get correct with black & white film as time and temperatures are for transparency or color negative.

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