Best Film for the Nikon N75 (F75)

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

The best film to use in your Nikon N75 should be based on the lighting conditions, lens, and type of film you want to shoot.

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

Make sure you have a fast lens if you want to capture pictures in low light, conditions that are commonly found indoors.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film works well in a large range of lighting conditions and is a terrific pick for a 35mm color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should be able to handhold the N75 in lots of scenarios.

The photos will have extremely good colors and tend to be on the warm side.

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

Fujifilm pictures appear to have cooler tones with stronger greens and blues when compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - There are a few offerings if you want an ISO 800 speed color 35mm film. For 35mm film emulsions focused on consumers, Lomography 800 is the sole available choice.

It is also for sale in the 120 film format, to be used in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film emulsion that started production in the mid-1980s. Gold 200 gives the look and feel of family snapshots from the 80s and 1990s. Use an on-camera flash to get the "nostalgic" look the film is known for.

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 outstanding colors people love Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is without a doubt the most widely used color 35mm film emulsion. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the rendering the film is highly regarded for.

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

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

Sheets of 8x10 or 4x5 film are not offered, but 120 film is available.

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film emulsions have affordable costs and good quality, making them favorable to try in the Nikon N75.

The main draw for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the affordable cost. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it is good to have comparatively cheap rolls of film on hand for trying out recently delivered camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's manufactured by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable considering that makes this the most broadly sold 35mm film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It will be less difficult to buy in Europe as the film is produced by Foma Bohemia inside of the Czech Republic.

A great film stock to employ for your initial couple of attempts at developing film at home or film photography. Also, a good selection if you happen to be trying out a camera to check that it's totally operational.

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

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

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 most commonly used black & white film stocks. They have a large number of qualities that are comparable that makes them so well received while preserving individual looks.

Both film emulsions can be pushed 2 stops and while still delivering high-quality results. This makes the film versatile as a roll can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600.

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 cheaper when compared to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be nice because of the fact that contrast can be changed when making a darkroom print or editing digitally.

The film stock still appears outstanding when pushed 2-stops. It is also recognized as having subdued grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion has got a more distinctive style. To showcase the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be processed in Kodak D-76.

Kodak Tri-X 400 clearly has higher levels of contrast. That is ideal if that is the style you are after because it results in not as much work when printmaking or during digital processing.

Reversal Film

Film stocks that make a positive image are typically referred to as transparency, slide, or reversal film. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to showcase the photos.

Colors do not need to be inverted to be viewable, in contrast to the more common negative film emulsions.

Slide films have much less dynamic range and latitude when compared with negative films and so they are perceived as harder to use.

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 - Makes beautiful looking images that have highly increased amounts of saturation and contrast. It is astonishingly sharp with a daylight color balance. Velvia has the best resolving power of any available slide film emulsion.

An ISO 100 version is also available to buy.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Creates realistic and vivid colors with moderate color saturation and contrast. It's an ultrafine grain film balanced for daylight.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, claimed by Fomapan as having very good resolving power, fine grain, and elevated levels of contrast. It's also regarded as a substitute for the discontinued Agfa Scala slide film.

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 they are more expensive.

You should expect to see a disparity in where rolls of film can be purchased. Consumer film stocks can usually be obtained from big-box stores and pharmacies in meager amounts. Pro film needs to be purchased from an online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

A film's light sensitivity is represented by the ISO.

The less light available to get an image, the bigger the film's ISO will have to be. Also, expect to see larger sized film grain.

It is often a challenge to handhold the N75 with ISO 100 or slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They are going to be longer will probably take longer than what you can handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you're out in full sun.

A flash, tripod, and/or fast lens are going to help you with longer shutter speeds. The additional gear might not be needed if you choose to use a higher speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

The ISO is set by the Nikon N75 electronically. This is different from previous SLRs that have a physical ISO knob.

Film Latitude

Latitude is the amount of stops film can be overexposed while still having good images. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude along with a slightly increased cost.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to reversal film. That is one of the reasons why it's regarded as difficult to work with.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range is the range between the brightest and darkest details of a picture that can be captured. Areas of a photograph that are not in this range will be seen as totally white overexposed highlights or totally black underexposed shadows.

A bigger dynamic range is advantageous due to the fact that a bigger range makes working in variable lighting conditions easier.

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

The small dynamic range of transparency film is a further reason why it is considered to be challenging to shoot. The golden hour is the best time to shoot slide film.

Film Type

35mm film that comes in metal canisters is used by the Nikon N75. In addition, it’s the most widely used film format and is on occasion described as 135 film.

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

Swapping the film you are working with will change the look of your photos. This is one of the marvelous things about shooting film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Most new 35mm film for sale these days has a DX code. This enables cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO of the film canister loaded into the camera.

The Nikon N75 will set the film ISO automatically. That is because the camera will electronically read the DX-coding on film canisters.

Nikon N75 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a variety of options for where to have 35mm film processed. For a more comprehensive explanation of the possible choices go look at my guide on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film doesn't get processed locally at pharmacies and big box stores. They ship film off-site to be processed by a separate company. This means that you won't be given your 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 film to a mail-order lab to be processed and scanned is the easiest solution if you are just beginning to shoot film. A drawback to this is that it ends up being expensive if you regularly shoot film.

So long as you are going through a moderate to high volume of film, there are two actions that can be done to lower your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

One of the most well-known methods to save some money on film is to buy a roll of 100' of film and load canisters yourself.

A 100' bulk roll can fill up around 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames. Expect cost savings of 20-30% based on your pick.

Bear in mind that you're only going to be able to get 100' rolls of black & white film. This is because black & white film is much easier and more affordable to develop yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

You can process and digitize any film at home. It's a smart option to save money so that you can use more film with your Nikon N75.

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

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