Best Film for the Nikon N6006 (F-601)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: May 27, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Nikon N6006 is going to be based on the lens, lighting, and type of film you want to use.

Choosing an ISO 400 35mm or higher speed will let you skip having to carry around a flash or tripod.

If you would like to shoot pictures in low light, such as inside, make sure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film handles a plethora of lighting conditions well and is a fantastic pick for a color film. Using this film you should have the ability to handhold the N6006 in the majority of circumstances.

Expect pictures to appear a little bit warm with pleasant colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on your location, this film could be more widely available. It's an excellent alternative to Kodak film.

When compared to Kodak, Fujifilm appears to be a bit cooler with notable blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - You're limited to just a small number of options if you want a color ISO 800 film. For film stocks focused on consumers, Lomography 800 is the only available option.

The film is available in the 120 film format, to be used with medium format cameras.

Kodak Gold 200 - A guaranteed solution to obtain that mid-1980s through 90s look. For the authentic experience have an on-camera flash.

To bring the best look out of the film, make sure to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will provide the stunning colors everyone loves Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is undoubtedly the most frequently used color film. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the overall look the film is known for.

Plus, ISO 160 and ISO 800 versions of Kodak Portra. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also available to buy.

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

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film emulsions have reasonable costs and excellent quality, making them quite popular to try in the Nikon N6006.

The primary attraction for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the affordable price. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it's great to have low-cost rolls of film on hand for evaluating recently obtained used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is excellent considering that allows this to be the most broadly sold B&W film out of the 3.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Might be less difficult to get in Europe as the film is produced by Foma Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

A great film stock to choose for your initial couple of attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also, a good selection if you happen to be trying out a camera to make sure that it's working properly.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The best store to purchase this film is straight from Ultrafine.

They distribute developer kits for color film, so if you process film at home you could have previously done business with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 are the 2 most commonly used black & white 35mm films. They have quite a few capabilities in common that helps make them so well-liked while preserving individual appearances.

You can create good photographs after pushing both emulsions 2-stops. A roll can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them remarkably versatile.

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. Less contrast can be good because contrast can be increased when making a darkroom print or through digital post-processing.

The film emulsion still appears good when pushed 2-stops. It is also noted for having subtle grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

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

You are going to clearly see a higher level of contrast with Kodak Tri-X 400. That's excellent if it happens to be the overall look you would prefer because it means a great deal less work when through digital post-processing or making a darkroom print.

Transparency Film

Film emulsions that make a positive image can be called slide, reversal, or transparency film. That means a lightbox or projector can be used to showcase the photos.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be seen, contrary to the more commonplace negative film emulsions.

Slide films are believed to be tricky to use due to the fact slide film has less dynamic range and latitude compared to negative film.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

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

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is an incredibly sharp daylight color balanced film with high levels of saturation and contrast, giving photographs a beautiful rendering. Velvia has the greatest resolving power of any available reversal film stock.

It is also available in an ISO 100 version.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Delivers realistic and vibrant colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It is an ultrafine grain film balanced for daylight.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black and white slide film, reported by Fomapan as having very fine grain, very good resolving power, and elevated levels of contrast. It's also mentioned as an alternative for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala film emulsion.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

You should expect to see a disparity in businesses that sell rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can often still be obtained from pharmacies and big-box stores in anemic quantities. Pro film stocks often need to be ordered from a photography store or online retailer.

Film ISO

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

The bigger the ISO of the film, the less light will be necessary to get a film frame. This comes at the tradeoff of more film grain.

It might be troublesome to handhold the N6006 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They will likely be longer are going to take longer than what you could handhold without causing motion blur unless you're out in full sun.

To get around motion blur you are going to need to use a flash, tripod, and/or fast lens. Using a high-speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film is likely to make the additional accessories not needed.

The ISO is electronically set by the Nikon N6006. This is a change from previous SLRs that have an physical ISO dial.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while still keeping adequate images. Professional films have a greater latitude to go along with a somewhat higher cost.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to reversal film. That is a reason it's perceived as challenging to work with.

Dynamic Range

The range between the darkest and brightest details of an image is known as dynamic range. Parts of a photo that fall out of this range will be seen as totally white overexposed highlights or totally black underexposed shadows.

When working in a wide variety of quickly shifting lighting conditions, film stocks with a larger 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 transparency film is one more reason why it's considered challenging to shoot. A great time to give it a try is during the golden hour.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in metal canisters is used by the Nikon N6006. The film can also be called 135 film, and it's the most frequently used film format.

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

One of the best properties of film is that you can switch the film emulsion you use and get a totally different look to your photographs.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Just about all new 35mm film made these days has a DX code. This will allow electronically controlled cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film canister is put in the camera.

The Nikon N6006 will set the film ISO automatically. That is because the camera can read the DX-coding on film canisters.

Nikon N6006 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find only a few possibilities for where to develop film. For a more extensive discussion of the possible choices go look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Pharmacies and big box stores don't process film on location. They ship the film off-site to be developed by a separate company. As a consequence, you will not get 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

Shipping your film to a mail-order lab to be developed and scanned is the least difficult solution if you are just beginning to use film. If you frequently use film, this may be a drawback because it can get expensive.

So long as you're going through a medium to high volume of film, there are a few activities that can be done to help reduce your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Purchasing a roll of 100 feet of film and manually loading it into canisters by hand is among the ideal ways to lower your expenses.

A 100-foot bulk roll of film should fill roughly 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames each. Count on discounts of 20-30% depending on your selection.

Be aware that you're going to be limited to 100-foot rolls of black & white film. This is due to the fact black & white film is quite a bit easier and cheaper to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be developed by hand. In fact, it is a great option to reduce costs so you can use more film with your Nikon N6006.

Black and white film is significantly easier to process at home. Developer temperature and time are not as imperative to get correct with black & white films as they are for color negative or slide film.

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