Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS 700

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 4, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in your Canon EOS 700 will have to be based on the available light, 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 higher.

If you intend to take photos in low light, such as inside, ensure you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film works well in a variety of lighting conditions and is a terrific option for a color film. Using this film you should have the ability to handhold the EOS 700 in the majority of circumstances.

The images will have great colors and tend to be on the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on where you are in the world, this film could be more widely available. It is a fantastic alternative to Kodak film.

In comparison to Kodak, Fujifilm appears to be a little cooler with stronger blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color 35mm film, there are only a small number of choices. For film stocks focused on consumers, Lomography 800 is the single available choice.

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

Kodak Gold 200 - A great way to achieve that mid-80s through 90s feeling. For the authentic shooting experience have an on-camera flash.

To really bring the best look out of the film, make sure to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will provide the attractive colors everyone loves Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is without a doubt the most widely used color film. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the overall look the film is well-known for.

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

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equivalent to Kodak's Portra, but with a distinctive color appearance. Expect to see stronger greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have reasonable prices and good quality, making them favorable to use in the Canon EOS 700.

The primary draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very affordable price. Even if you wouldn't put yourself in that group, it's great to have affordable rolls of film readily available for evaluating recently purchased camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable considering that allows this to be the most commonly available film out of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It is much easier to purchase in Europe as the film is produced out of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A pretty good film emulsion to choose for your first few attempts at home developing or analog photography. Additionally, a good choice if you are testing out a camera to be sure that it's fully functional.

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

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

Professional

The 2 top-selling black & white film emulsions are Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400. They do have a large amount of capabilities in common that helps make them so well received while preserving distinctive looks.

You can achieve good quality photos after pushing both emulsions 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them very useful.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The most important differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable when compared to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be advantageous because contrast can be changed when making a print in the darkroom or through digital post-processing.

The film has subdued grain and still looks good when pushed 2-stops.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film stock provides a more distinctive aesthetic to it. To produce the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in Kodak D-76.

You're going to without a doubt notice higher levels of contrast with this film emulsion. That is helpful if that is the look and feel you need because it requires less work when through digital processing or making a print in the darkroom.

Slide Film

Transparency film, also known as slide film or reversal film, gives you a positive image. This allows the pictures to be displayed with a lightbox or projector.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewable, as opposed to the more often used negative film emulsions.

Slide films have far less dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative films and so they are thought to be tougher to use.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and superb skin tones. There is almost no hypersaturation of colors. Ektachrome has been balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Delivers unique looking photos that have high levels of contrast and saturation. It is sharp daylight balanced film. Matched against all the slide films available for purchase, it has the highest resolving power.

An ISO 100 speed is also out there.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Produces realistic and vibrant colors with medium contrast and color saturation. It is an ultra-fine grain film balanced for daylight.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black and white transparency film, reported by Fomapan as having very fine grain, elevated levels of contrast, and excellent resolving power. It's also regarded as an alternative for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala transparency film.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and larger latitude, which is why they cost more.

There will be a disparity in businesses that sell film. Consumer film emulsions can often be bought in big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic amounts. Pro film stocks has to be purchased from an online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

Film speed is represented by ISO, which may also be thought of as the film's light sensitivity.

The less light there's available to capture an image, the bigger the ISO of the film will be necessary. Additionally, be prepared for larger film grain.

It is often tough to handhold the EOS 700 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc). They will probably be longer than what you could handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you're in full sun.

To prevent motion blur you are going to need to use a tripod, a fast lens, and/or a flash. Using a fast ISO 800 or ISO 400 film will make the additional accessories not needed.

The ISO is electronically set by the Canon EOS 700. This is a change from previous SLRs that use a physical ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while retaining good results. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude to go along with a somewhat higher price.

Reversal film has less latitude when compared to negative film. That is one of the reasons why it's viewed as more challenging to shoot.

Dynamic Range

The difference between the darkest and brightest details of an image is described as dynamic range. Areas of a photograph that fall out of this range will be seen as totally black underexposed shadows or totally white overexposed highlights.

When shooting in a wide variety of quickly changing lighting situations, film stocks 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

Reversal film is regarded as tough to use on account of the constrained dynamic range. A fantastic time to test it out would be during the golden hour.

Film Type

35mm film that comes in metal canisters is used by the Canon EOS 700. The film can also be described as 135 film, and it's the most widely used type of film.

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

One of the terrific things about film is that you can change the film stock you work with and get a fresh look to your shots.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Nearly all new 35mm film manufactured currently has DX encoding. This makes it possible for cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded into the camera.

The ISO on the Canon EOS 700 will be set automatically. That is because the camera has electronics to read the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon EOS 700 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

There are only a few choices for where to have 35mm film processed. For a more detailed explanation of the possible choices, check my article on Where to Develop Film.

WARNING: Film does not get developed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship film off-site to be developed by a third party. Because of this, you won't receive 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

The most straightforward option and the method I suggest using if you are just getting started shooting film is to send off your film to a photo lab to be developed and scanned. If you frequently shoot film, this may be a disadvantage since it can get really expensive.

So long as you're going through a medium to high-volume of film, there are two things that can be done to greatly reduce your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Getting a bulk roll of 100 feet of film and loading it into canisters by hand is among the most common options to reduce costs.

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

Be aware that you are only going to find bulk rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black and white film is a lot easier and more affordable to process at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

It's simple to process and scan film at home. In fact, it's a smart way to cut costs so you can use more film with your Canon EOS 700.

Black & white film is by far the least complicated to develop. Developer temperature and development times are not as imperative to do correctly with black & white films as they are for transparency or color negative.

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