Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS Rebel K2 (EOS 3000V)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 6, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Canon Rebel K2 will be based on the lens, available light, and type of film you want to use.

Taking advantage of an ISO 400 35mm or higher speed will let you avoid needing to haul around a flash and/or tripod.

If you want to be able to capture photos inside or anywhere there is low light, make sure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film handles a large range of lighting conditions well and is a very good choice for a 35mm color film. Using this film you should have the ability to handhold the Rebel K2 in the vast majority of circumstances.

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

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on your location, this film might have greater availability. It's a fantastic alternative to Kodak.

In comparison to Kodak, Fujifilm appears to be a bit cooler with notable blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color 35mm film with an ISO of 800, there aren't very many options. This is literally the only 35mm film focused on consumers.

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

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film stock that was released in the mid-1980s. The film provides the look of family snapshots from the 80s 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 best look the film has to offer. This will ensure that you get the appealing colors people love Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

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

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

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm emulsion that is closest to Kodak Portra 400, but with a distinct color appearance. Expect more vibrant greens and blues.

8x10 or 4x5 sheets of film are not available, but 120 is available.

Black and White Film

Consumer

With low prices and good very popular to be used in the Canon Rebel K2.

The major appeal for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very low price. Even if you wouldn't put yourself in those groups, it's great to have comparatively cheap rolls of 35 film available for evaluating recently purchased used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Manufactured by Harmon Technology, which is also the owner of Ilford. This is great because that allows this to be the most widely available B&W film out of the three.

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

A good quality film stock to work with for your initial few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Additionally, a good selection if you're testing out a camera to make sure that it's functioning properly.

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

If you develop film at home, you may have done that with developer produced by them to process your film.

Professional

Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 are the 2 most commonly used black & white 35mm films. While they both possess different rendering, they possess a lot of attributes that are similar that help makes them so well-liked.

You can create great photographs 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 major differences are that HP5 Plus has less contrast and is less expensive when compared to Tri-X. Lower levels of contrast can be beneficial because contrast can be changed when making a print or through digital post-processing.

The film emulsion still appears great when pushed 2-stops. It is also notable for having a subtle grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion features a more distinctive look to it. To produce the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it will need to be processed in D-76.

You are going to clearly see greater contrast with Kodak Tri-X 400. That is notable if that is the overall look you are looking for because it involves a great deal less work when during digital post-processing or printmaking.

Transparency Film

Film stocks that create a positive image can be called reversal, slide, or transparency film. This means the pictures can be showcased with a lightbox or projector.

This is different from the more commonplace negative film stocks that result in images that require inverting the colors in order to be seen.

Slide films have a smaller amount of latitude and dynamic range when compared with negative films and so they are believed to be tougher to shoot.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

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

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is an unbelievably sharp daylight color balanced reversal film with lots of saturation and contrast, giving pictures a beautiful appearance. Compared to all the reversal films you can get, it has the greatest resolving power.

An ISO 100 emulsion is also out there.

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

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

You should expect to see a significant difference in where it can be purchased. Consumer film stocks can often still be found in big-box stores and pharmacies in meager quantities. Professional level film stocks should really be purchased from an online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

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

The less light there's available to capture an image, the higher the ISO will be required. Additionally, be prepared to see more film grain.

ISO 100 and slower speed films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc) are often frustrating to shoot handheld in the Rebel K2. They will likely take more time than what you could handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you're shooting in full sun.

To stop motion blur you will need to use a fast lens, flash, and/or tripod. Using a high-speed ISO 400 or ISO 800 film often makes the extra equipment unnecessary.

The ISO is set by the Canon Rebel K2 electronically. This is a change from previous SLRs that have a physical ISO knob.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while producing tolerable photographs. Pro films have a larger latitude paired with a slightly higher cost.

Negative film has a greater amount of latitude when compared to reversal film. That is one of the reasons why it's considered more challenging to work with.

Dynamic Range

The difference between the brightest and darkest details of a photograph is described as dynamic range. Areas of a picture that don't fit within this range will appear as totally white overexposed highlights or solid black underexposed shadows.

When working in a variety of quickly changing lighting conditions, film stocks with a larger dynamic range are a better choice.

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

Reversal film is regarded as tricky to shoot on account of the constrained dynamic range. The golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

35mm film that comes in metal canisters is used by the Canon Rebel K2. 35mm film can also be called 135 film, and it is the best-selling film format.

120 or 220 film, used in medium format cameras, is the only other type of film you are likely to see.

Swapping the film you are using will change the look of your photographs. This is an example of the fantastic things about using film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Virtually all new 35mm film manufactured these days has a DX code. This will allow electronically controlled cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film is loaded.

The Canon Rebel K2 will set the film ISO automatically. That is because the camera has electronics to read the DX-coding on film canisters.

Canon Rebel K2 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find a handful of options for where to have 35mm film processed. For a more extensive discussion of the choices, you can check out my article on Where to Develop Film.

WARNING: Film doesn't get developed on location at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship the film off to be developed by a third party. This means that, 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 photo lab to be processed and scanned is the simplest solution if you're just starting to use film. A drawback to this is that it gets very expensive if you regularly use film.

As long as you're going through a medium to high-volume of film, there are a few activities that you can do to cut back on your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the best methods to reduce costs on film is to buy a roll of 100 feet of film and manually load canisters by hand.

A 100-foot bulk roll can fill up around 18 rolls of film containing 36 frames. Look forward to savings of 20-30% based on your choice.

Be aware that you're only going to find 100' rolls of black and white film. This is because black & white film is less difficult and more cost-effective to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

Any film can be processed by hand. In fact, it's a smart method to reduce costs so you can use more film with your Canon Rebel K2.

Black & white film is much easier to process yourself. Temperature and time are not as critical to do correctly with black and white films as time and temperatures are for slide or color negative.

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