Best Film for the Nikon N2000

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: May 10, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Nikon N2000 should be based on the lens, lighting conditions, and type of film you want to use.

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

Make sure that you have a fast lens if you want to shoot images in low light, conditions that are often encountered indoors. For lens suggestions, take a look at my guide on the 5 Best Lenses for the Nikon N2000.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film handles a variety of lighting conditions well and is a great choice for a color film. Using this film you should be able to handhold the N2000 in the vast majority of scenarios.

Expect images to appear a little bit warm with wonderful skin tones.

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

In comparison to Kodak, Fujifilm tends to be a small amount cooler with notable greens and blues.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color 35mm film with an ISO of 800, there are only a small number of choices. For 35mm film emulsions focused on consumers, this is the only choice.

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

Kodak Gold 200 - A reliable means to get that mid-1980s through 90s look. Use an on-camera flash to get the "nostalgic" look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to reveal the most popular look the film can achieve. This will produce the gorgeous colors everyone love's the film for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is the most widely used color 35mm film emulsion. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the look and feel the film is known for.

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

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

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film emulsions have affordable costs and excellent quality, making them favorable to be used in the Nikon N2000.

The biggest draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very affordable cost. Even if you do not put yourself in that group, it is good to have inexpensive rolls of 35 film on hand for testing recently obtained used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Produced by Harmon Technology, which is the owner of Ilford. This is notable considering that allows this to be the most broadly sold B&W film out of the three.

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

A solid 35mm film to choose for your initial couple of attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also, a good option if you happen to be trying out a camera to be sure that it's fully functional.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - You can get the cheapest price on this film by buying it straight from Ultrafine.

They make chemical developer kits for 35mm film, so if you develop film at home you might have already had interactions with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 best black and white films. They have a number of characteristics in common that help make them a favourite, while keeping unique rendering..

You can achieve quality results after pushing both film emulsions 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them remarkably useful.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The major differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable compared to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be beneficial because of the fact contrast can be adjusted when making a print in the darkroom or through digital processing.

The film emulsion has a subtle grain and still looks outstanding when pushed 2-stops.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film stock has got a more distinctive rendering to it. To showcase the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it should be developed in D-76.

You'll certainly notice far more contrast with Tri-X. That is excellent if that is the look and feel you are after because it involves a great deal less work when through digital post-processing or making a darkroom print.

Transparency Film

Film emulsions that create a positive image are typically referred to as reversal, slide, or transparency film. That means a light box or projector can be used to show the photos.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewed, contrary to the more commonly available negative film emulsions.

Slide films have substantially less latitude and dynamic range when compared to negative film and so they are viewed as difficult to shoot.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. There's not any hypersaturation of colors. Ektachrome is daylight color balanced.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Creates signature looking pictures that have elevated amounts of saturation and contrast. It is exceptionally sharp and balanced for daylight. Out of all the reversal films you can buy, it has the greatest resolving power.

An ISO 100 speed is also available to buy.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Delivers realistic and vibrant colors with medium color saturation and contrast. It is a film balanced for daylight with ultra-fine grain.

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Professional films cost more due to the fact they have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and increased latitude.

You should expect a disparity in supply. Consumer films can often be bought from big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic quantities. Pro film emulsions usually need to be ordered from an online retailer or specialized camera store.

ISO

The ISO refers to the film speed, which can also be thought of as the film's light sensitivity.

The less light available to expose an image, the bigger the ISO of the film will be needed. Also, be prepared for bigger film grain.

It may be tricky to handhold the N2000 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc). The will likely be longer will probably take more time than what you could handhold without leading to motion blur unless you are working in full sun.

A flash, fast lens, and/or tripod are going to assist you with longer exposure times. The extra accessories might not be needed if you go with a faster ISO 400 or ISO 800 film.

The ISO knob is marked as ASA on the Nikon N2000. The move to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while retaining acceptable images. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude along with a slightly higher price.

Reversal film has a smaller amount of latitude in comparison with negative film. That is one of the reasons why it's regarded as harder to use.

Dynamic Range

The range between the brightest and darkest parts of an image is described as dynamic range. Sections of a picture that don't fit within this range will be seen as totally black underexposed shadows or totally white overexposed highlights.

When shooting in a wide variety or quickly shifting lighting situations, films 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

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

Film Type

The Nikon N2000 uses 35mm film that is in metal canisters. The film can also be described as 135 film, and it's the best-selling film format.

120 or 220 film, used by medium format cameras, is the only other film format you are likely to come across.

One of the best properties of film is that you can change the film you use and get a new look to your photos.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All commercially available 35mm film for sale at this point has a DX code. This allows cameras to auto detect and set the ISO when the canister is loaded into the camera.

DX-coding will not make a difference for the Nikon N2000 because ISO needs to be manually set with the ASA knob.

Nikon N2000 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find just a few possible choices for where to have 35mm film developed. For a more thorough discussion of the choices read my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film does not get processed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They send film away to be processed by a separate company. Consequently, 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 developed and scanned is the easiest choice if you're just getting started using film. If you frequently shoot film, this may be a drawback since it can get very expensive.

There are two activities that can be done to help reduce the costs required to use film, assuming that you're using a moderate to high volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Purchasing a bulk roll of 100 feet of film and loading it into canisters by hand is one of the best options to lower expenses.

A 100' bulk roll of film will fill up around 18 canisters of film with 36 frames each. Based on the film you will probably save 20%-30%.

Be aware that you are only going to be able to get bulk rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black & white film is quite a bit easier and less expensive to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

It's simple to develop and scan film at home. It is an excellent method to cut costs so that you can shoot more film with your Nikon N2000.

Black and white film is much less difficult to process. Developer temperature and development times are not as critical to do correctly with black & white films as they are for transparency or color negative.

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