Best Film for the Nikon N5005 (F-401x)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: May 26, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in your Nikon N5005 will be based on your lens, available light, and type of film you want to shoot.

Buying an ISO 400 35mm or faster will enable you to eliminate being burdened with a flash and/or tripod.

If you intend to take pictures in low light, such as inside, make sure that you have a fast lens.

Color Film


Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film handles a plethora of lighting conditions well and is a great selection for a 35mm color film. Kodak UltraMax 400 is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the N5005 in the majority of situations.

The photographs will have great skin tones and is on the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - A different option than Kodak that could have far better availability depending on what country you are in.

In comparison to Kodak, Fuji tends to be a little cooler with stronger blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color 35mm film with an ISO of 800, there are only a few offerings. For 35mm film focused on consumers, this is the single available choice.

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

Kodak Gold 200 - An outstanding solution to achieve that mid-80s through 90s feeling. Use a flash to get the "nostalgic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to reveal the best the film has to offer. This will produce the wonderful colors everyone loves Kodak Gold 200 for.


Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is by far and away the most frequently used color 35mm film emulsion. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the rendering the film is known for.

Portra is also available for purchase in ISO 800 and 160 versions. Portra is also offered in rolls of 120, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm film that is most similar to Kodak Portra 400, but with a different color appearance. Expect more vibrant blues and greens.

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

Black and White Film


With reasonable costs and very good very popular to be used in the Nikon N5005.

The main draw for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the very affordable price. Even if you don't put yourself in that group, it's good to have affordable rolls of 35 film on hand for trying out recently obtained used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's produced by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is good considering that makes this the most widely sold B&W film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Is likely to be much easier to find in Europe as the film is produced by Foma Bohemia inside of the Czech Republic.

A good quality film stock to employ for your initial few attempts at film photography or developing film at home. Also, a good option if you happen to be trying out a camera to confirm that it is working correctly.

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

They manufacture developer kits for color 35mm film, so if you develop film at home you might have previously done business with them.


Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 most popular black & white 35mm films. They possess a large number of characteristics that are comparable that helps make them popular while preserving distinctive rendering.

You can create quality images after pushing both films 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film can be used 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 fundamental differences are that HP5 Plus is cheaper and has lower levels of contrast when compared to Tri-X. Lower levels of contrast can be a benefit because of the fact that contrast can be added when making a print in the darkroom or editing digitally.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film stock has a stronger style. To create the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in Kodak D-76.

Kodak Tri-X unquestionably has higher levels of contrast. That is helpful if that is the look you will want because it requires a smaller amount of work when editing digitally or printmaking.

Slide Film

Film emulsions that create a positive image are referred to as transparency, reversal, or slide film. This means the pictures can be exhibited with a lightbox or projector.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewed, as opposed to the more prevalent negative films.

Slide films have substantially less dynamic range and latitude than negative film and so they are perceived as difficult to work with.

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 has been balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Produces distinctive-looking images that have high levels of saturation and contrast. It is a razor-sharp daylight color balanced film emulsion. Matched against all the transparency films you can get, it has the best resolving power.

It is also available in an ISO 100 emulsion.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Produces vibrant and natural colors with medium color saturation and contrast. It is an ultrafine grain film balanced for daylight.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, reported by Fomapan as having high resolving power, elevated contrast, and fine grain. It's also billed as a replacement for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala film emulsion.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

There's a disparity in businesses that sell it. Consumer film stocks can often still be bought from pharmacies and big-box stores in anemic amounts. Professional quality film stocks often need to be purchased from an online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

The film speed is listed as ISO, which can also be regarded as the film's sensitivity to light.

The less light available to properly expose an image, the bigger the film's ISO will need to be. In addition, be prepared to see larger sized film grain.

It might be a challenge to handhold the N5005 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc). They will likely take more time will likely take longer than what you’re able to handhold without producing motion blur unless you are out in full sun.

A fast lens, flash, and/or tripod can assist you with longer shutter speeds. The additional accessories might not be needed if you choose a higher speed ISO 400 or ISO 800 film.

The ISO is electronically set by the Nikon N5005. This is different from older SLRs that have an ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops film can be overexposed while keeping adequate results. Pro film stocks have a larger latitude paired with a somewhat higher price.

Slide film has a smaller amount of latitude when compared to negative film. That is one of the reasons why it's deemed to be challenging to use.

Dynamic Range

The range between the shadows and highlights details of a photograph is described as dynamic range. Areas of a photograph that fall out of this range will be seen as totally black underexposed shadows or solid white overexposed highlights.

A bigger dynamic range is ideal due to the fact that a bigger range helps make working in variable lighting situations easier.

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

Reversal film is considered to be hard to shoot due to the limited dynamic range. The golden hour is the prime time to shoot transparency film.

Film Type

The Nikon N5005 uses 35mm film that is sold in metal canisters. 35mm film can also be described as 135 film, and it's the best-selling film format.

120 or 220 film, used in medium format cameras, is the only other film format you are probably going to come across.

One of the fantastic properties of film is that you can swap the film you work with and get a fresh look to your shots.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All available 35mm film distributed at this point has DX encoding. This will allow cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded into the camera.

The Nikon N5005 can read the DX codes on canisters and set the correct ISO when the film is loaded.

Nikon N5005 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find a range of possible choices for where to get 35mm film processed. For a more complete explanation of the possibilities you can check out my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is not processed on location at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship film away to be developed by a separate company. As a result, you won't 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 most straightforward method and what I would suggest doing if you're just getting started shooting film is to send off your film to a photo lab to be processed and scanned. A downside to this is that it will get pricey if you are frequently using film.

There are a few things that you are capable of doing to help reduce the expenses required to use film, given that you're going through a moderate to high volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Purchasing a roll of 100 feet of film and loading it into canisters yourself is considered one of the leading options to lower expenses.

After you've finished, you will find yourself with approximately 18 canisters of 36 frames. Based on the film you can expect to save 20%-30%.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you're going to be limited to 100-foot rolls of black and white film. This is due to black & white film is quite a bit easier and more affordable to develop at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be processed by hand. In fact, it's a very good method to cut costs so that you can shoot more film with your Nikon N5005.

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

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