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

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 2, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Canon Elan 7NE will be based on the lens, available light, and type of film you want to use.

Taking advantage of an ISO 400 35mm or faster will enable you to avoid needing to haul around a flash or tripod.

If you need to shoot photographs indoors or anywhere there is low light, make sure you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film handles a wide variety of lighting conditions well and is an excellent selection for a 35mm color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should be able to handhold the Elan 7NE in the majority of situations.

Expect images to appear slightly warm with amazing colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on where you are in the world, this film may have greater availability. It is a fantastic alternative to Kodak film.

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

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

Lomography 800 can also be purchased in the 120 film format, to be used in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film that debuted in the mid-1980s. It produces the look of snapshots from the 80s and 90s. For the genuine photography experience take advantage of a flash.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the best the film has to offer. This will produce the gorgeous colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the most popular color film. Overexpose the film by 1 or 2-stops to get the color the film is highly regarded for.

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

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

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and very good favorable to try in the Canon Elan 7NE.

The primary attraction for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the affordable price. Even if you do not put yourself in that group, it is great to have comparatively cheap rolls of 35 film available for testing recently purchased camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Manufactured by Harmon Technology, which is also the owner of Ilford. This is good since that makes this the most commonly sold film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It will be easier to buy in Europe as the film is manufactured by Foma Bohemia inside of the Czech Republic.

An ideal film emulsion to use for your initial couple of attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Additionally, a good selection if you happen to be attempting to check out a camera to guarantee that it's fully functional.

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

If you process film yourself, you could have done that with chemicals sold by them to process your film.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 best black & white film stocks. While they both do have individual rendering, they possess a number of capabilities in common that makes them popular.

You can get professional photos after pushing both 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 primary differences are that HP5 Plus has less contrast and is cheaper when compared to Tri-X. A lack of contrast can be nice because contrast can be increased when making a darkroom print or through digital processing.

The film emulsion has a subtle grain and still looks great when pushed 2-stops.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

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

Tri-X certainly has far more contrast. That is beneficial if it's the overall look you need because it means a smaller amount of work when through digital processing or printmaking.

Transparency Film

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

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewed, as opposed to the more commonly available negative film stocks.

Slide films have far less dynamic range and latitude than negative film and so they are considered challenging to work with.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and appealing skin tones. The colors do not seem oversaturated. Ektachrome has been color balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a seriously sharp color balanced for daylight reversal film with high levels of contrast and saturation, giving shots a signature look. When compared to all the slide films you can get, it has the best resolving power.

There's another speed that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers vivid and realistic colors with medium color saturation and contrast. It's a film balanced for daylight with an ultra-fine grain.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white reversal film, claimed by Fomapan as having elevated contrast, fine grain, and excellent resolving power. It's also billed as an alternative for the discontinued Agfa Scala transparency film.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have better dynamic range, latitude, and are easier to push, this is why they cost more.

You should expect to see a disparity in availability. Consumer films can generally be purchased from big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic quantities. Professional quality film stocks has to be bought from an online retailer or specialized photography store.

Film ISO

A film's light sensitivity is shown as the ISO.

The less light there is available to expose an image, the higher the ISO of the film will have to be. In addition, be prepared for larger film grain.

ISO 100 and slower films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc) are often frustrating to shoot handheld with the Elan 7NE. They can take more time than what you are able to handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you are in full sun.

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

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

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the number of stops film can be overexposed while having satisfactory photographs. Professional film stocks have a greater latitude paired with a slightly increased cost.

Transparency film has a smaller amount of latitude compared to negative film. That is a reason why it is thought of as difficult to work with.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range represents the difference between the brightest and darkest details of a photo that can be captured. Areas of an image that are not in this range will be seen as completely white overexposed highlights or totally 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

Transparency film is viewed as a challenge to shoot as a consequence of the limited dynamic range. A great time to try it would be during the golden hour.

Film Type

The Canon Elan 7NE takes 35mm film that comes in metal canisters. It can also be referred to as 135 film, and it is the most popular type of film.

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

Swapping the film stock you are using will transform the look of your shots. This is an example of the marvelous things about using film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Nearly all available 35mm film for sale today has a DX code. This makes it possible for cameras to detect and set the ISO of the film loaded into the camera.

The Canon Elan 7NE will set the film ISO automatically. That is because the camera has contacts for reading the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon Elan 7NE Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

There are limited options for where to get 35mm film developed. For a more thorough explanation of the options, have a look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is not processed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They mail the film off-site to be processed by a 3rd party. As a consequence, you will not 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

The least difficult solution and the method I suggest doing if you are just getting started using film is to ship your film to a photo lab to be processed and scanned. A drawback to this is that it gets really expensive if you regularly use film.

As long as you're shooting a medium to high-volume of film, there are two activities that you are able to do to minimize your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Investing in a roll of 100' of film and manually loading it into canisters yourself is considered one of the ideal options to save money.

A 100-foot bulk roll can fill about 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames. You should expect to save 20-30% depending on your selection.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you're limited to rolls of black & white film. This is because black and white film is much easier and more cost-effective to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be developed by hand. It's a great method to lower your costs so that you can use more film with your Canon Elan 7NE.

Black & white film is significantly simpler to process. Temperature and development times are both not as necessary to do correctly with black and white films as temperatures and time are for slide or color negative.

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