Best Film for the Canon EOS 750

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

The best film to use in your Canon EOS 750 is going to depend on the lighting, lens, and type of film you want to use.

Using an ISO 400 35mm or faster will allow you to avoid needing to haul around a flash or tripod.

If you have a need to shoot pictures in low light, such as inside, make sure you are using a fast lens.

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 pick for a color 35mm film. Kodak UltraMax 400 is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the EOS 750 in most scenarios.

Expect photos to appear slightly warm with outstanding colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - An alternative to Kodak that may have far better availability based on what country you are in.

Fujifilm photos appear to have cooler tones with notable greens and blues compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - There are just a small number of offerings if you want a color ISO 800 35mm film. This is literally the only film stock focused on consumers.

The emulsion is available in the 120 film format, for use in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film emulsion that was released in the mid-1980s. The film gives the look of family snapshots from the 1980s and 90s. Use a flash to get the "classic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the most popular look the film can achieve. This will help you achieve the spectacular colors everyone loves Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is hands down the most popular color 35mm film emulsion. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the look and feel the film is known for.

Kodak Portra is also for sale in ISO 800 and 160 emulsions. Portra is also offered in rolls of 120, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equivalent to Kodak's Portra, but with "Fuji colors." Expect to see stronger blues and greens.

It's available in rolls of 120, but not in sheets of 8x10 or 4x5.

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have reasonable costs and more than acceptable quality, making them favorable to use in the Canon EOS 750.

The major draw for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the reasonable price. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it's good to have inexpensive rolls of film readily available for testing recently delivered used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's produced by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is excellent considering that allows this to be the most broadly available B&W film out of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It will probably less difficult to obtain in Europe as the film is made by Foma Bohemia inside of the Czech Republic.

A good quality film stock to work with for your first few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also, a good selection if you happen to be testing out a camera to be sure that it's fully operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The best store to get this film is straight from Ultrafine.

They make chemical developer kits for 35mm color film, so if you develop film at home you could have previously interacted with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 most frequently used black & white film emulsions. While they both possess individual styles, they do have a large amount of attributes in common that help makes them so well-liked.

You can create great images after pushing both film stocks 2-stops. A 35mm roll 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 - Between the two film emulsions, HP5 Plus has less contrast and is less expensive. Minimal amounts of contrast can be nice because of the fact that contrast can be added when making a darkroom print or through digital post-processing.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film stock has got a stronger look. To achieve the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in D-76.

You're going to undeniably see greater contrast with Tri-X 400. That is notable if it happens to be the overall look you are after because it requires considerably less work when through digital processing or making a print in the darkroom.

Transparency Film

Transparency film, also known as reversal film or slide film, gives you a positive picture. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to view the slides.

The colors do not need to be inverted to be viewable, in contrast to the more widespread negative film emulsions.

Slide films have a lot less dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative films and so they are viewed as challenging to work with.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. There's virtually no hypersaturation of colors. Ektachrome is daylight color balanced.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Provides distinct looking photos that have significantly increased levels of contrast and saturation. It is sharp daylight balanced film emulsion. Out of all the slide films you can get, it has the highest resolving power.

It is also available in an ISO 100 speed.

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

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black and white reversal film, reported by Fomapan as having very fine grain, increased levels of contrast, and excellent resolving power. It's also mentioned as a substitute for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala film emulsion.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

You should expect a disparity in availability. Consumer film emulsions can more often than not be seen in pharmacies and big-box stores in limited amounts. Professional film stocks needs to be purchased from camera store or online retailer.

Film ISO

The film speed is listed as ISO, which may also be regarded as the film's light sensitivity.

The higher the ISO of the film, the less light will be necessary to capture a film frame. Additionally, be prepared for more film grain.

ISO 100 and slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc) are often a challenge to shoot handheld with the EOS 750. They will probably take longer than what you’re able to handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you're in full sun.

A flash, fast lens, and/or tripod are going to help you with longer shutter speeds. The extra gear may not be needed if you choose to use a higher speed ISO 400 or ISO 800 film.

The ISO is set by the Canon EOS 750 electronically. This is a change from older cameras that use a physical ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while producing usable results. Pro film stocks have a greater latitude paired with a slightly increased cost.

Reversal film has a smaller amount of latitude than negative film. That is one of the reasons why it's deemed to be more challenging to use.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range is the range between the brightest and darkest details of an image that can be recorded. Sections of an image that don't fit within this range will be rendered as totally black underexposed shadows or totally white overexposed highlights.

When shooting in a variety of quickly shifting 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

The small dynamic range of transparency film is a second reason why it's considered to be tough to shoot. The golden hour is the best time to shoot slide film.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in metal canisters is used by the Canon EOS 750. In addition, it is the most widely used film format and in some instances is described as 135 film.

The only other film format you are probably going to come across is 120 or 220 film that is used with medium format cameras.

One of the best properties of film is that you can change the film stock you work with and get a completely different look to your shots.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Most new 35mm film offered today has a DX code. This makes it possible for electronically controlled cameras to auto-detect and set the ISO of the film canister put in the camera.

The ISO on the Canon EOS 750 will automatically be set. This is due to the fact that the camera has contacts for reading the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon EOS 750 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find only a few options for where to get film developed. For a more in-depth discussion of the possible choices, check out my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Big box stores and pharmacies have ended processing film on site. They mail film away to be processed by a third party. That is why, you won't 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 lab to be processed and scanned is the simplest choice if you are just getting started using film. If you consistently use film, this may be a downside since it can get very expensive.

As long as you are shooting a medium to high-volume of film, there are a few things that you can do to greatly reduce your expenses.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the ideal methods to save some money on film is to buy a bulk roll of 100' of film and manually load canisters by hand.

A 100' bulk roll will fill typically around 18 canisters of film with 36 frames each. Look forward to savings of 20-30% based on the film you purchase.

Keep in mind that you are going to be limited to 100-foot rolls of black & white film. This is due to black and white film is easier and less expensive to process at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

Any film can be processed at home. In fact, it's an intelligent option to save money so you can shoot more film with your Canon EOS 750.

Black & white film is significantly less difficult to develop. Developer temperature and time are not as imperative to do correctly with black & white film as time and temperatures are for transparency or color negative.

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