Best Film for the Canon EOS Rebel G (EOS 500N)

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

The best film to use in your Canon Rebel G should depend on the lighting, lens, and type of film you want to use.

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

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

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - A very good option for an array of conditions. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should be able to handhold the Rebel G in just about all scenarios.

Expect photos to look slightly warm with pleasant colors.

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

Fujifilm photographs tend to have cooler tones with stronger blues and greens when compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color 35mm film with an ISO of 800, there are only a few possible choices. For 35mm film emulsions targeted towards consumers, Lomography 800 is the sole available option.

Lomography 800 is sold in the 120 film format, to be used in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A great option to obtain that mid-80s through 90s style. For the authentic shooting experience try a flash.

To bring the ideal look out of the film, you'll need to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will produce the beautiful colors everyone loves Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is by far and away the most frequently used color 35mm film emulsion. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the appearance the film is highly regarded for.

Plus, ISO 160 and ISO 800 emulsions of Kodak Portra. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also available.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm film that is most similar to Kodak Portra 400, but with a distinct color appearance. Expect stronger greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With low costs and good very popular to try in the Canon Rebel G.

The main draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very low price. Even if you do not put yourself in that group, it's great to have relatively cheap rolls of 35 film readily available for evaluating recently delivered used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's manufactured by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is good because that allows this to be the most broadly sold 35mm film out of the 3.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Can be less difficult to purchase in Europe as the film is manufactured out of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

An excellent 35mm film to work with for your initial few attempts at home developing or analog photography. Additionally, a good selection if you are trying out a camera to guarantee that it is working properly.

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

They produce developer kits for 35mm film, so if you process film at home you might have previously interacted with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 most commonly used black & white 35mm film stocks. While they both have individual looks, they have numerous capabilities in common that help makes them a favorite.

Both films can be pushed 2 stops and deliver great photographs. A roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them quite flexible.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The fundamental differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable when compared to Tri-X. A lack of contrast can be nice due to the fact that contrast can be added when making a darkroom print or editing digitally.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film possesses a more distinctive rendering. To reveal the traditional grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in Kodak D-76.

You're going to undeniably see far more contrast with Kodak Tri-X. That is helpful if it happens to be the overall look you want to have because it results in a smaller amount of work when editing digitally or printmaking.

Transparency Film

Film emulsions that create a positive image are typically referred to as reversal, transparency, or slide film. This allows the slides to be showcased with a lightbox or projector.

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

Slide films have a lot less dynamic range and latitude than negative film and so they are thought to be tougher to use.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. The colors won't be seen as oversaturated. It's daylight-balanced.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Provides beautiful looking shots that have elevated amounts of saturation and contrast. It is exceptionally sharp and color balanced for daylight. Velvia has the best resolving power of any available transparency film emulsion.

An ISO 100 speed is also available.

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

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Professional film stock have greater dynamic range, latitude, and are easier to push, which is why pro-film costs more.

There's a disparity in where 35mm rolls of film can be purchased. Consumer film emulsions can more often than not still be found in big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic amounts. Pro film often need to be bought from photography store or online.

Film ISO

A film's sensitivity to light is represented by the ISO.

The less light available to get an image, the bigger the ISO of the film will be needed. This comes at the trade-off of noticeably increased film grain.

It is often frustrating to handhold the Rebel G with ISO 100 or slower films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc). They will take more time than what you could handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you are working in full sun.

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

The ISO is electronically set by the Canon Rebel G. This is a change from previous SLRs that have an ISO knob.

Latitude

Latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while still holding onto usable images. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude to go along with a somewhat increased cost.

Negative film has more latitude compared to reversal film. That is one of the reasons why it is deemed to be harder to work with.

Dynamic Range

The range between the brightest and darkest details of a photograph is known as dynamic range. Parts of an image that do not fit within this range will be seen as totally white overexposed highlights or black underexposed shadows.

A larger dynamic range is ideal since a bigger range helps make working in variable lighting conditions easier.

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

The small dynamic range of reversal film is an additional reason it's considered challenging to shoot. The golden hour is the prime time to shoot transparency film.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in canisters is used by the Canon Rebel G. In addition, it’s the most widely used film format and is on occasion referred to as 135 film.

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

One of the wonderful properties of film is that you can switch the film you work with and get a different look to your photos.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Almost all new 35mm film on the market currently has a DX code. This lets electronically controlled cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film is put in the camera.

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

Canon Rebel G Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find several choices for where to get 35mm film developed. For a more extensive explanation of the options, you can check out my guide on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is no longer processed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship film off-site to be processed by a third party. This means that, 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

Sending film to a mail-order lab to be developed and scanned is the easiest solution if you are just beginning to use film. If you frequently shoot film, this could be a disadvantage because it can get very expensive.

There are a few things that you can do to limit the costs involved in using film, given that you're going through a medium to high-volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Investing in a roll of 100 feet of film and loading it into canisters yourself is among the best options to lower expenses.

A 100-foot bulk roll should fill up approximately 18 canisters of film with 36 frames each. Expect cost savings of 20-30% based on your selection.

Be aware that you're limited to 100-foot rolls of black & white film. This is due to black and white film is easier and more cost-effective to process at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be processed at home. It's a smart option to lower your costs so that you can shoot more film with your Canon Rebel G.

Black & white film is much less difficult to process. Temperature and time are not as important to get correct with black and white film as time and temperatures are for transparency or color negative.

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One comment on “Best Film for the Canon EOS Rebel G (EOS 500N)”

  1. I have shot and developed a roll of 200 Fujifilm on my Rebel G. Next time I will shoot and develop a roll of 400 Fujifilm. I usually shoot on my Rebel SL2 DSLR but I decided to try out my Rebel G. Film is a challenge. You must get the exposure right or you waste film. You must develop it right also. There isn't any room for error.

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