Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS Elan 7e (EOS 30)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 1, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in your Canon Elan 7e should be based on the lighting conditions, your lens, and type of film you want to shoot.

Using an ISO 400 35mm or faster will let you skip being weighed down with a flash and/or tripod.

Make sure that you have a fast lens if you want to take photographs in low light, conditions that are often encountered indoors.

Color Film


Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film works well in a variety of lighting conditions and is a good choice for a color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the Elan 7e in lots of circumstances.

The photographs will have great colors and is on the warm side.

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

Compared to Kodak, Fujifilm appears to be a small amount cooler with notable blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color 35mm film, there aren't very many possible choices. For 35mm film emulsions targeted towards consumers, this is the single available choice.

In addition, if you own a medium format camera, it's also for sale in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film emulsion that was released in the mid-1980s. It provides the look and feel of home snapshots from the 1980s and 1990s. Use a flash to get the "nostalgic" look the film is known for.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the most popular look the film can achieve. This will produce the striking colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.


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 Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the appearance the film is well-known for.

There's also ISO 800 and 160 versions of Kodak Portra. As well as in rolls of 120, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

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

It's sold in 120, but not in 8x10 or 4x5 sheets.

Black and White Film


With reasonable costs and good very popular to try in the Canon Elan 7e.

The main appeal for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very low cost. Even if you would not put yourself in those groups, it's nice to have low-priced rolls of film available for evaluating newly delivered used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is good due to the fact that allows this to be the most widely sold B&W film out of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It's much easier to obtain in Europe as the film is made inside of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A suitable film emulsion to work with for your initial few attempts at film photography or home developing. Additionally, a good option if you happen to be attempting to check out a camera to ensure that it's totally functional.

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

If you develop film yourself, you might have done that with developer sold by them.


Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the two most commonly used black & white film stocks. They do have a number of traits that are similar that makes them so well-liked while preserving individual rendering.

You can get excellent photos after pushing both film emulsions 2-stops. This makes the film versatile as a roll can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600.

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 in comparison to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be an advantage due to the fact that contrast can be adjusted when making a print or through digital post-processing.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion has got a more distinctive style. To showcase the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in Kodak D-76.

The film undoubtedly has higher levels of contrast. That's notable if it is the overall look you want because it requires much less work when through digital post-processing or making a print in the darkroom.

Slide Film

Reversal film, also known as transparency film or slide film, results in a positive picture. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to view the pictures.

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

Slide films are viewed as tricky to work with because slide film has a lot less latitude and dynamic range when compared with negative film.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

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

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Provides unique looking shots that have noticeably increased amounts of contrast and saturation. It is sharp daylight color balanced film. Velvia has the top resolving power of any available slide film stock.

An ISO 100 speed is also offered.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers natural and vibrant colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It's a daylight color balanced film with an ultra-fine grain.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, noted by Fomapan as having excellent resolving power, elevated levels of contrast, and fine grain. It's also mentioned as a substitute for the discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

You should expect to see a significant difference in where 35mm rolls of film can be purchased. Consumer film stocks can frequently still be found in big-box stores and pharmacies in limited quantities. Pro film stocks often need to be ordered from an online or specialized camera store.

Film ISO

A film's light sensitivity is displayed by the ISO.

The bigger the ISO of the film, the less light will be needed to get a film frame. This comes at the expense of larger sized film grain.

It may be quite challenging to handhold the Elan 7e with ISO 100 or slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). This is because if you do not have full sun, the shutter speeds will most likely be longer than what you are able to handhold without creating motion blur.

A flash, fast lens, and/or tripod will help you with longer exposure times. Using a high-speed ISO 400 or ISO 800 film will help make the extra accessories not needed.

The ISO is set by the Canon Elan 7e electronically. This is a change from previous SLRs that have a physical ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while still producing adequate photographs. Pro films have a larger latitude paired with a somewhat higher cost.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to reversal film. That is one of the reasons it's deemed to be harder to shoot.

Dynamic Range

The difference between the brightest and darkest details of a photograph is described as dynamic range. Sections of a photograph that are not in this range will be seen as white overexposed highlights or completely black underexposed shadows.

When shooting in a wide variety of quickly shifting lighting conditions, 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 limited dynamic range of reversal film is one more reason why it's considered to be tough to shoot. An extremely good time to try it would be during the golden hour.

Film Type

35mm film that is in canisters is used by the Canon Elan 7e. It can also be described as 135 film, and it is the most often used type of film.

120 or 220 film, used with medium format cameras, is the only other film format you are likely to encounter.

One of the wonderful things about film is that you can swap the film you use and get a fresh look to your pictures.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Almost all new 35mm film for sale at this point has DX encoding on the canister. This lets cameras to detect and set the ISO when the canister is put in the camera.

The ISO on the Canon Elan 7e will be set automatically. That is due to the fact that the camera is capable of reading the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon Elan 7e Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find a variety of choices for where to have film developed. For a more in-depth discussion of the possible choices, go to my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is no longer developed on location at pharmacies and big box stores. They ship film off to be processed by a separate company. Consequently, 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 your film to a mail-order lab to be processed and scanned is the easiest solution if you are just getting started shooting film. If you consistently use film, this may be a drawback because it can get very expensive.

There are a few activities that can be done to decrease the expenses required to shoot film, if you're going through a moderate to high-volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the most common ways to reduce costs on film is to buy a roll of 100 feet of film and manually load it into canisters yourself.

A 100' roll will fill up about 18 canisters of film containing 36 exposures. Count on cost savings of 20-30% depending on your selection.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you are only going to be able to get 100' rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black and white film is much easier and more cost-effective to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be developed at home. In fact, it's a good option to lower your costs so that you can use more film with your Canon Elan 7e.

Black and white film is by far the least complicated to process at home. Developer temperature and development times are both not as crucial to get correct with black & white films as time and temperatures are for color negative or transparency film.

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