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

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 should be based on the lighting conditions, your lens, and type of film you want to use.

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

If you need to shoot photos in low light, such as inside, ensure you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film works well in a variety of lighting conditions and is a good choice for a color film. The film is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the Rebel in the majority of scenarios.

Expect photographs to look slightly warm with beautiful colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on your location, this film could be more widely available. It's a very good alternative to Kodak.

Fujifilm pictures tend to have cooler colors with notable blues and greens compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color film with an ISO of 800, there aren't many possible choices. For film focused on consumers, this is the only available choice.

Additionally, if you have a medium format camera, it's also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film that started production in the mid-1980s. The film provides the look and feel of family snapshots from the 80s and 1990s. Use a flash to get the "authentic" look the film is known for.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the most popular look the film has to offer. This will ensure that you get the gorgeous colors everyone loves Kodak Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is hands down the most popular color 35mm film emulsion. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the look the film is known for.

Portra is also available for purchase in ISO 800 and 160 emulsions. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also easily found.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm emulsion that is most similar to Kodak Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect to see more vibrant greens and blues.

It is offered in 120, but not in 8x10 or 4x5 sheets.

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and good favorable to try in the Canon Rebel.

The main appeal for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the reasonable price. Even if you do not put yourself in that group, it's good to have low-cost rolls of 35 film available for testing recently obtained camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable due to the fact that allows this to be the most broadly available film out of the 3.

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

A great film stock to work with for your initial few attempts at film photography or developing film at home. Also, a good selection if you happen to be looking to check out a camera to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest store to buy this film is online directly from Ultrafine.

They make developer kits for film, so if you develop film at home you could have previously interacted with them.

Professional

The 2 top-selling black & white 35mm film stocks are Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400. While they both possess individual appearances, they possess a lot of attributes that are equivalent that help makes them so well received.

You can achieve excellent photographs after pushing both film stocks 2-stops. A roll of film can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them very flexible.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - Between the two film emulsions, HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable. Minimal amounts of contrast can be an advantage because of the fact that contrast can be added when making a print or through digital post-processing.

The film stock still appears excellent when pushed 2-stops. It is also recognized as having a subtle grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion features a stronger rendering. To achieve the classic grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be processed in Kodak D-76.

You're going to clearly see higher levels of contrast with Kodak Tri-X 400. That's ideal if it's the style you are looking for because it involves less work when printmaking or during digital post-processing.

Slide Film

Slide film, also known as reversal or transparency film, provides a positive image. That means a lightbox or projector can be used to display the slides.

This is different from the more often used negative films that result in photographs that need inverting the colors in order to be viewed.

Slide films have a lot less latitude and dynamic range when compared to negative films and so they are viewed as challenging to use.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

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

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Makes special looking images that have greatly increased levels of contrast and saturation. It is incredibly sharp and color balanced for daylight. When compared with all the transparency films that are available, it has the best resolving power.

An ISO 100 emulsion is also available to buy.

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

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white reversal film, noted by Fomapan as having excellent resolving power, fine grain, and elevated levels of contrast. It is also regarded as a substitute for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala transparency film.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro films cost more because they have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and bigger latitude.

There is a difference in where rolls of film can be purchased. Consumer film stocks can quite often be obtained from big-box stores and pharmacies in meager amounts. Professional quality film has to be ordered from a specialized camera store or online retailer.

Film ISO

The film speed is displayed by ISO, which can also be thought of as the film's light sensitivity.

The less light available to get an image, the bigger the film's ISO will have to be. In addition, be prepared for larger sized film grain.

ISO 100 and slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc) can be troublesome to shoot handheld with the Rebel. They will probably take more time than what you could handhold without causing motion blur unless you're out in full sun.

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

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

Latitude

Latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while producing good photographs. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude paired with a slightly increased price.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to slide film. That is one of the reasons it is viewed as more challenging to work with.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range is the range between the brightest and darkest parts of a photograph that can be recorded. Sections of an image that fall out of this range will be rendered as completely black underexposed shadows or solid white overexposed highlights.

When working in a wide variety of quickly changing 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

Reversal film is viewed as tough to use resulting from the constrained dynamic range. The golden hour is the ideal time to shoot slide film.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in canisters is used by the Canon Rebel. It’s also the best-selling 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 come across.

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

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Nearly all new 35mm film offered at this point has a DX code. This will allow cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded into the camera.

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

Canon EOS Rebel Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a few possible choices for where to develop 35mm film. For a more comprehensive explanation of the possible choices, go look at my guide on Where to Develop Film.

WARNING: Film doesn't get processed on location at big box stores and pharmacies. They send 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

Sending film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the most convenient solution if you're just beginning to use film. If you regularly use film, this might be a drawback due to the fact that it can get really expensive.

So long as you're going through a moderate to high-volume of film, there are a few actions that can be done to cut back on your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

One of the ideal methods to cut costs on film is to buy a roll of 100' of film and load canisters by hand.

A 100-foot bulk roll should fill typically around 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames. Based on the film you are likely to save 20%-30%.

Take into account that you are limited to 100' rolls of black & white film. This is due to black & white film is easier and more affordable to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

You can process and scan any film yourself. It's an excellent method to spend less so you can shoot more film with your Canon Rebel.

Black and white film is much simpler to process at home. Chemical temperature and development times are not as vital to do correctly with black & white films as temperatures and time are for transparency or color negative.

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