Recommended Beginner Film for the Canon EOS Rebel S (EOS 1000F)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 5, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

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

Working with an ISO 400 35mm or higher speed will let you eliminate being weighed down with a flash and/or tripod.

If you would like to shoot images inside or anytime there is low light, make sure you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film can be used in a plethora of lighting conditions and is a terrific pick for a color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the Rebel S in the majority of scenarios.

Expect photographs to look a little bit warm with pleasant skin tones.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Another option that may have far better availability depending on where you are in the world.

When compared to Kodak, Fuji tends to be a small amount cooler with notable blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color 35mm film with an ISO of 800, there are only a small number of offerings. This is literally the only 35mm film emulsion targeted towards consumers.

In addition, if you have a medium format camera, it is also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - An outstanding option to obtain that mid-1980s through 90s look. Use a flash to get the "classic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to bring out the most popular look the film can achieve. This will give you the exceptional colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.

Professional

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 look and feel the film is well-known for.

Plus, ISO 160 and ISO 800 emulsions of Kodak Portra. It is also offered in rolls of 120, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm counterpart to Portra, but with a different color profile. Expect to see more vibrant greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and very good quite popular to try in the Canon Rebel S.

The primary appeal for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the competitive cost. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it is good to have low-priced rolls of 35 film around for evaluating recently acquired camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

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

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It's much easier to buy in Europe as the film is produced in the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

An appropriate film stock to try for your initial few attempts at developing film at home or film photography. Additionally, a good selection if you happen to be testing out a camera to guarantee that it's totally operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - You can get the best price by ordering it straight from Ultrafine.

They distribute chemical developer kits for color 35mm film, so if you process film at home you may have previously interacted with them.

Professional

The two most frequently used black and white 35mm film emulsions are Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5 Plus 400. While they both possess distinctive styles, they have many traits that are equivalent that makes them so well-liked.

Both emulsions can be pushed 2 stops and still create professional photographs. A 35mm roll can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them quite useful.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The biggest differences are that HP5 Plus has less contrast and is more affordable in comparison to Tri-X. A lack of contrast can be beneficial because of the fact that contrast can be increased when making a darkroom print or during digital processing.

The film stock has subdued grain and still appears very good when pushed 2-stops.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film stock has got a stronger aesthetic. To achieve the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it should be processed in Kodak D-76.

You are going to unquestionably see higher levels of contrast with Kodak Tri-X 400. That is excellent if it happens to be the overall look you are looking for because it results in a great deal less work when during digital post-processing or making a darkroom print.

Transparency Film

Films that make a positive image are known as reversal, slide, or transparency film. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to exhibit the photos.

The colors are not required to be inverted to be viewed, contrary to the more often used negative film stocks.

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

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - The film is known for fine grain and superb skin tones. The colors won't be seen as oversaturated. Ektachrome has a daylight color balance.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a remarkably sharp daylight-balanced film with lots of contrast and saturation, giving pictures a beautiful look. Velvia has the highest resolving power of any available transparency film emulsion.

There's another version that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Delivers natural and vibrant colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It has a daylight color balance and ultra-fine grain.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, claimed by Fomapan as having higher contrast, fine grain, and very good resolving power. It is also regarded as a replacement for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala reversal film.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have greater latitude, are easier to push, and increased dynamic range, which is the reason pro-film costs more.

There is a disparity in where 35mm rolls of film can be purchased. Consumer film stocks can commonly still be purchased from big-box stores and pharmacies in limited quantities. Pro film stocks usually need to be ordered from photography store or online.

Film ISO

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

The bigger the ISO, the less light will be necessary to get a picture. This comes at the cost of noticeably increased film grain.

It is often problematic to handhold the Rebel S with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). This is because if you don't have full sun, the exposure times will probably take more time than what you are able to handhold without resulting in motion blur.

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

The ISO is set by the Canon Rebel S electronically. This is a change from older cameras that have a physical ISO dial.

Latitude

Film latitude is the number of stops a film can be overexposed while still keeping usable images. Professional film emulsions have a larger latitude to go along with a slightly increased price.

Negative film has more latitude than transparency film. That is one of the reasons it's viewed as challenging to use.

Dynamic Range

The difference between the highlights and shadows parts of an image is referred to as dynamic range. Parts of a picture that fall out of this range will be seen as white overexposed highlights or solid black underexposed shadows.

A larger dynamic range is advantageous because a bigger range helps make shooting in a wide variety of lighting situations easier.

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

Transparency film is considered to be difficult to use on account of the constrained dynamic range. The golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

35mm film that is in metal canisters is used by the Canon Rebel S. In addition, it is the most widely used film format and in some instances is called 135 film.

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

Swapping the film emulsion you are working with will alter the look of your shots. This is one of the wonderful things about using film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All available 35mm film offered at this time has a DX code. This makes it possible for cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO of the film loaded.

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

Canon Rebel S Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find just a few options for where to develop 35mm film. For a more extensive discussion of the possible choices, look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film doesn't get developed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They send film off-site to be developed by a separate company. As a result, you will not be given 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 least complicated method and the method I would suggest using if you are just getting started shooting film is to mail off your film to a photo lab to be developed and scanned. If you regularly shoot film, this could be a disadvantage since it can get pricey.

So long as you're going through a medium to high-volume of film, there are a couple of activities that can be done to greatly reduce your expenses.

Bulk Loading Film

Investing in a roll of 100' of film and loading it into canisters by hand is considered one of the common ways to lower your costs.

A 100-foot roll of film will fill typically around 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames each. Expect cost savings of 20-30% based on the film.

Keep in mind that you are only going to find bulk rolls of black and white film. This is due to the fact black & white film is less difficult and cheaper to develop at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

You can develop and digitize film yourself. It's an excellent way to lower your costs so that you can shoot more film with your Canon Rebel S.

Black & white film is by far the simplest to develop at home. Chemical temperature and development times are not as imperative to do correctly with black & white films as time and temperatures are for transparency or color negative.

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