Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS-1v

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 5, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in your Canon EOS-1v is going to be based on the available light, lens, and type of film you want to use.

Choosing an ISO 400 film or higher speed will allow you to avoid having to haul around a flash and/or tripod.

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

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film handles a large range of lighting conditions well and is a good selection for a color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the EOS-1v in just about all scenarios.

The images will have excellent skin tones and lean towards the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on your location, this film can be more widely available. It's an excellent alternative to Kodak emulsions.

Fuji photographs appear to have cooler tones with notable blues and greens when 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 35mm film emulsions targeted towards consumers, Lomography 800 is the sole available option.

Additionally, if you own a medium format camera, it's also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film that started production in the mid-1980s. Kodak Gold 200 has the look and feel of snapshots from the 80s and 1990s. Use a flash to get the "classic" film look.

To bring the best look out of the film, make sure to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will provide the idyllic colors everyone loves the film for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the most frequently used color negative 35mm film. Overexpose the film by 1 or 2-stops to get the overall look the film is known for.

There's also ISO 160 and 800 emulsions of Portra. Portra is also offered in rolls of 120 film, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm counterpart to Kodak Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect more vibrant blues and greens.

Sheets of 8x10 or 4x5 film aren't offered, but 120 film is available.

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have reasonable prices and more than acceptable quality, making them quite popular to try in the Canon EOS-1v.

The major appeal for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the reasonable cost. Even if you don't put yourself in those groups, it is nice to have low-cost rolls of 35 film available for trying out recently purchased used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It is manufactured by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable considering that allows this to be the most broadly sold 35mm film out of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - This is likely to be easier to obtain in Europe as the film is manufactured out of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A decent film to choose for your first couple of attempts at developing film at home or film photography. Additionally, a good option if you are trying out a camera to be sure that it's fully operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - You can get the cheapest price by purchasing it straight from Ultrafine.

They distribute developer kits for color 35mm film, so if you develop film at home you could have previously had interactions with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the two most commonly used black and white 35mm films. While they both have distinctive rendering, they do have numerous traits that are similar that help makes them so popular.

You can obtain high-quality images after pushing both films 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them quite useful.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The most important differences are that HP5 Plus is more affordable and has lower levels of contrast compared to Tri-X. Lower levels of contrast can be good due to the fact that contrast can be changed when making a darkroom print or editing digitally.

The film stock still appears great 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 possesses a more distinctive rendering to it. To showcase the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be processed in Kodak D-76.

Tri-X clearly has considerably more contrast. That is ideal if that is the overall look you are after because it involves a great deal less work when through digital post-processing or making a print.

Transparency Film

Slide film, also known as transparency film or reversal film, generates a positive image. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to showcase the photographs.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewed, contrary to the more commonly available negative film emulsions.

Slide films are believed to be tricky to work with due to the fact slide film has much less latitude and dynamic range compared to negative film.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. The colors do not be seen as oversaturated. It has been balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Offers appealing looking shots that have greatly increased amounts of saturation and contrast. It is incredibly sharp with a daylight color balance. Velvia has the greatest resolving power of any available reversal film stock.

You can also get it in an ISO 100 speed.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers vibrant and realistic colors with medium color saturation and contrast. It has a daylight color balance and ultra-fine grain.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white reversal film, described by Fomapan as having high resolving power, fine grain, and increased contrast. It's also regarded as a substitute for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala reversal film.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro films cost more since they have increased dynamic range, latitude, and are easier to push.

You should expect to see a big difference in businesses that sell it. Consumer film emulsions can frequently be purchased from pharmacies and big-box stores in meager quantities. Professional film stocks usually need to be bought from an online or camera store.

Film ISO

A film's sensitivity to light is listed as the ISO.

The less light available to expose an image, the higher the ISO of the film should be. This comes at the trade-off of increased film grain.

ISO 100 and slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc) are often frustrating to shoot handheld in the EOS-1v. This is due to the fact that if you do not have full sun, the exposure times might be longer than what you’re able to handhold without creating motion blur.

To prevent this you are going to need to use a fast lens, flash, and/or tripod. Using a high-speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film probably will make the additional gear unnecessary.

The ISO is set by the Canon EOS-1v electronically. This is a change from previous SLRs that have an ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Latitude is the number of stops a film can be overexposed while holding onto good photographs. Pro film emulsions have a greater latitude paired with a slightly increased cost.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to transparency film. That is a reason why it's thought of as more challenging to work with.

Dynamic Range

The range between the darkest and brightest parts of an image is described as dynamic range. Sections of a photograph that don't fit within this range will be seen as totally white overexposed highlights or solid black underexposed shadows.

When shooting in a wide variety of quickly shifting lighting situations, films with a bigger dynamic range are a much better choice.

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

Transparency film is thought to be tough to use resulting from the constrained dynamic range. The golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

The Canon EOS-1v takes 35mm film that is in metal canisters. 35mm film can also be described as 135 film, and it's the most frequently used film format.

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

One of the best properties of film is that you can swap the film you use and get a new look to your pictures.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Just about all commercially available 35mm film for sale today has DX encoding on the canister. This allows cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded.

The ISO on the Canon EOS-1v will be set automatically. This is because the camera is capable of reading the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon EOS-1v Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find several possible choices for where to develop 35mm film. For a more in-depth explanation of the possible choices, take a look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is no longer processed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship the film off-site to be processed by a third party. As a result, you won't get 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 your film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the most convenient choice if you are just beginning to use film. If you consistently use film, this could be a disadvantage because it can get really expensive.

As long as you're going through a moderate to high-volume of film, there are two activities that can be done to minimize your expenses.

Bulk Loading Film

One of the ideal options to save some money on film is to buy a bulk roll of 100 feet of film and manually load canisters by hand.

A 100' bulk roll will fill up typically around 18 canisters of film with 36 frames each. You should expect to save 20-30% based on your selection.

Be aware that you are limited to 100-foot rolls of black & white film. This is because black and white film is much easier and less expensive to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

It's simple to process and scan film at home. It's an excellent option to lower your costs so that you can use more film with your Canon EOS-1v.

Black and white film is much less difficult to process. Chemical temperature and development times are not as crucial to do correctly with black & white films as temperatures and time are for color negative or slide film.

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