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Best Film for the Canon EOS Rebel G

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Best Canon EOS Rebel G 35mm Film

The best film to use in your Canon EOS Rebel G is going to be based on the lens, lighting, and if you want to shoot color or black & white.

Buying an ISO 400 35mm or higher speed will help you skip needing to haul around a flash and/or tripod.

Make sure that you have a fast lens if you want to take photos in low light, conditions that are frequently encountered indoors. For lens recommendations go to my article on the 5 Best Lenses for the Canon EOS Rebel G.

Color Film

Consumer

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Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film can be used in a variety of lighting conditions and is a great choice for a color 35mm film. Using this film you should have the ability to handhold the EOS Rebel G in just about all circumstances.

Expect pictures to look a little bit warm with outstanding colors.

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Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - A different option than Kodak that might have far better availability based on where you are in the world.

Fuji images tend to have cooler tones with stronger blues and greens, when compared to Kodak.

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Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO

Lomography 800 - You’re limited to a few offerings if you want a color ISO 800 35mm film. This is literally the only 35mm film stock geared towards consumers.

The emulsion can also be found in the 120 film format, for use in a medium format camera.

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Kodak Gold 200

Kodak Gold 200 - An outstanding means to achieve that mid-1980s through 90s style. For the classic shooting experience use a flash.

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

Professional

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Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is definitely the most frequently used color film. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the overall look the film is known for.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have affordable costs and excellent quality, making them favorable to try in the Canon EOS Rebel G.

The biggest draw for photography students and budget minded photographers is the very affordable cost. Even if you would not put yourself in those groups, it’s great to have affordable rolls of film on hand for evaluating recently acquired camera gear.

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Kentmere 400

Kentmere 400 - Made by Harmon Technology, which is also the parent company of Ilford. This is notable considering that allows this to be the most commonly available B&W film out of the three.

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Foma Fomapan 400 Action

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

A pretty good film stock to use for your first couple of attempts at film photography or home developing. Also a good choice if you happen to be trying out a camera to be sure that it’s operating properly.

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Ultrafine eXtreme 400

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

If you develop color 35mm film at home, you could have done that with developer sold by them to develop your film.

Professional

The two top selling black & white 35mm film emulsions are Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400. While they both do have individual appearances, they possess several capabilities in common that makes them so popular.

Both film emulsions can be pushed 1 or 2 stops and produce solid photographs. A 35mm roll can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them remarkably versatile.

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

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

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

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Kodak Tri-X 400

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film possesses a stronger look. To create the classic grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it should be processed in D-76.

You are going to undeniably notice more contrast with Kodak Tri-X 400. That is ideal if it happens to be the overall look you would like because it involves considerably less work when through digital processing or printmaking.

Transparency Film

Slide film, also known as transparency film or reversal film, gives you a positive image. This allows the slides to be viewed with a light box or projector.

This is different from the more widespread negative films that make photographs that need inverting the colors for the image to be viewed.

Slide films have much less latitude and dynamic range when compared to negative films and so they are regarded as tougher to work with.

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Kodak Ektrachrome E100 Transparency Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. The colors don’t appear oversaturated. It is daylight color balanced.

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Fujichrome Velvia 50

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a incredibly sharp daylight color balanced slide film with lots of saturation and contrast, giving shots a signature appearance. Velvia has the highest resolving power of any increased increased.

An ISO 100 emulsion is also out there.

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Fujichrome Provia 100F

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Delivers vivid and natural colors with medium contrast and color saturation. It’s a film balanced for daylight with ultrafine grain.

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Foma Fomapan R100

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black and white slide film, reported by Fomapan as having elevated levels of contrast, high resolving power, and very fine grain. It’s also billed as a alternative for the long discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and expanded latitude, that is why they will cost you more.

There’s a difference in business that sell film. Consumer film emulsions can generally still be found in big-box stores and pharmacies in limited amounts. Pro film emulsions will need to be ordered from a online retailer or specialized camera store.

ISO

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

The bigger the ISO, the less light will be required to properly expose a frame. This comes at the expense of noticeably increased film grain.

ISO 100 and slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc) can be tough to use handheld with the EOS Rebel G. The are going to be longer are going to take more time than what you’re able to handhold without leading to motion blur unless you are working in full sun.

A tripod, flash, and/or fast lens can assist you with longer shutter speeds. Using a fast ISO 800 or ISO 400 film often makes the additional equipment not needed.

The dial to select film speed is marked as ASA on the Canon EOS Rebel G. The move to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) came after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while still keeping adequate images. Pro films have a greater latitude paired with a somewhat increased cost.

Slide film has a smaller amount of latitude than negative film. That is one of the reasons why it is viewed as harder to shoot.

Dynamic Range

The range between the shadows and highlights parts of a photograph is known as dynamic range. Sections of an image that are not in this range will be seen as black underexposed shadows or white overexposed highlights.

When shooting in a wide variety or quickly changing lighting conditions, film stocks with a bigger dynamic range is preferable.

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

The constrained dynamic range of slide film is a further reason why it is thought to be tricky to shoot. Golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal.

Film Type

35mm film that comes in canisters is used by the Canon EOS Rebel G. The film can also be referred to as 135 film, and it’s the most popular type of film.

The only other type of film you are going to encounter is 120 or 220 film that is used by medium format cameras}.

One of the wonderful properties of film is that you can change the film stock you use and get a unique look to your photographs.

DX Coded Film

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DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All commercially available 35mm film manufactured at this point has DX encoding on the canister. This enables cameras to auto detect and set the ISO of the canister loaded into the camera.

ISO (ASA) on the Canon EOS Rebel G is required to be selected manually. Which means DX-coding will not do anything.

Canon EOS Rebel G Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a few options for where to get film developed. For a more thorough discussion of the options check out my guide on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is no longer processed on site at big box stores and pharmacies. They mail the film off-site to be developed by a third party. As a result, you won’t receive your developed 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 convenient choice and the method I suggest doing if you’re just starting to use film is to ship your film to a lab to be processed and scanned. A downside to this is that it becomes very expensive if you’re regularly shooting film.

There are a couple of actions that can be done to minimize the expenses required to shoot film, provided that you’re using a moderate to high volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Investing in a roll of 100 feet of film and loading in into canisters yourself is one of the most well known options to lower your expenses.

A 100’ bulk roll should load around 18 canisters of film with 36 frames. Depending on the film stock you will probably save 20%-30%.

Keep in mind that you’re only going to find 100’ rolls of black and white film. This is due to black & white film is less difficult and less expensive to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

It’s simple to process and scan any film at home. In fact it’s a good way to spend less so you can use more film with your Canon EOS Rebel G.

Black and white film is significantly easier to develop yourself. Temperature and time are both not as critical to get correct with black and white film as they are for color negative or slide film.