Best Film for the Nikon N70 (F70)

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

The best film to use in your Nikon N70 is going to depend on the lighting conditions, lens, and if you want to use color or black & white.

To eliminate having to haul around a tripod or flash, opt for a 35mm film that has an ISO of 400 or higher.

If you have a need to shoot images inside or anywhere there is low light, make sure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film handles a variety of lighting conditions well and is a good pick for a 35mm color film. Using this film you should be able to handhold the N70 in most scenarios.

Expect pictures to appear slightly warm with pleasant colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on where you are in the world, this film could be more widely available. It's a top-quality alternative to Kodak film.

Fujifilm photographs tend to have cooler colors with stronger blues and greens compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color 35mm film, there aren't very many possible choices. For film focused on consumers, Lomography 800 is the sole available option.

The emulsion can also be bought in the 120 film format, for use in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film stock that debuted in the mid-1980s. The film has the look of snapshots from the 80s and 90s. Use a flash to get the "nostalgic" look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to bring out the most popular look the film has to offer. This will ensure that you get the striking colors people love Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the top color 35mm film. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the rendering the film is highly regarded for.

There's also ISO 800 and ISO 160 versions of Kodak Portra. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also manufactured.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm counterpart to Kodak Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect more vibrant blues and greens.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and very good quite popular to use in the Nikon N70.

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

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Manufactured by Harmon Technology, which is the owner of Ilford. This is notable because that allows this to be the most broadly sold film out of the 3.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It's much easier to get in Europe as the film is made out of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A solid film emulsion to work with for your first few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also, a good selection if you happen to be attempting to try out a camera to guarantee that it's totally operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - You can get the lowest price by buying it straight from Ultrafine.

They manufacture chemical 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+ 400 are the two top-selling black & white film emulsions. They possess a number of capabilities that are equivalent that makes them so well received while maintaining individual styles.

You can achieve very good photographs after pushing both films 2-stops. A 35mm roll 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 - Between the two film emulsions, HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable. Low amounts of contrast can be advantageous due to the fact that contrast can be changed when making a darkroom print or editing digitally.

The film stock still looks excellent when pushed 2-stops. It is also recognized for having subdued grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

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

You will without a doubt see considerably more contrast with Tri-X. That's excellent if that is the style you need because it means a great deal less work when through digital post-processing or making a darkroom print.

Reversal Film

Slide film, also known as transparency film or reversal film, gives you a positive image. That means a lightbox or projector can be used to showcase the pictures.

This is different from the more often used negative film emulsions that make photographs that require inverting the colors so that they can be viewed.

Slide films have a smaller amount of dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative films and so they are thought of difficult to use.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and picturesque skin tones. The colors won't show up oversaturated. It's daylight color balanced.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Provides appealing looking photographs that have noticeably elevated amounts of saturation and contrast. It is extremely sharp with a daylight color balance. It has the best resolving power of any available transparency film emulsion.

There is another version that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers vivid and natural 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 transparency film, marketed by Fomapan as having very good resolving power, fine grain, and increased levels of contrast. It is also regarded as a substitute for the discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

There may be a significant difference in businesses that sell 35mm rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can more often than not be obtained from big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic amounts. Pro film stocks should really be ordered from an online or specialized camera store.

Film ISO

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

The higher the film's ISO, the less light is required to get an image. Furthermore, be prepared for bigger film grain.

It is often challenging to handhold the N70 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They will take more time will most likely be longer than what you could handhold without producing motion blur unless you're working in full sun.

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

The ISO is set by the Nikon N70 electronically. This is a change from previous SLRs that use a physical ISO knob.

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops film can be overexposed while keeping good images. Professional film emulsions have a greater latitude paired with a somewhat increased price.

Negative film has a greater amount of latitude when compared to reversal film. That is a reason why it is thought of as more difficult to work with.

Dynamic Range

The range between the brightest and darkest parts of a photo is known as dynamic range. Sections of a photograph that do not fit within this range will be rendered as totally white overexposed highlights or solid black underexposed shadows.

When working in a wide variety of quickly changing lighting conditions, film stocks with a bigger dynamic range are a superior choice.

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

The limited dynamic range of reversal film is one more reason why it's regarded as tough to shoot. The golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

35mm film that is in metal canisters is used by the Nikon N70. The film can also be referred to as 135 film, and it's the most popular film format.

The only other film format you are probably going to notice is 120 or 220 film that is used in medium format cameras.

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

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All new 35mm film manufactured at this point has a DX code. This will allow cameras to auto-detect and set the ISO of the film canister put in the camera.

The Nikon N70 will automatically set the film ISO. This is due to the fact that the camera is capable of reading the DX-coding on film canisters.

Nikon N70 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a few possible choices for where to have 35mm film processed. For a more detailed explanation of the options check my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is not developed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They mail film off-site to be processed by a separate company. As a consequence, 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

Sending film to a mail-order lab to be processed and scanned is the most convenient solution if you are new to using film. If you consistently use film, this could be a drawback due to the fact that it can get expensive.

So long as you're using a medium to high volume of film, there are two actions that can be done to lower your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

One of the ideal options to save some money on film is to buy a roll of 100' of film and manually load canisters yourself.

A 100-foot bulk roll of film can fill up approximately 18 canisters of film with 36 exposures. Count on cost savings of 20-30% based on your pick.

Bear in mind that you are going to be limited to bulk rolls of black and white film. This is in part because black and white film is much easier and more affordable to develop yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

It's easy to process and scan film yourself. In fact, it's an intelligent way to cut costs so that you can use more film with your Nikon N70.

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

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