Best Film for the Nikon Nikkorex 35

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

The best film to use in the Nikon Nikkorex 35 is going to depend on the lens, lighting conditions, and type of film you want to use.

Working with an ISO 400 film or higher speed will allow you to skip being burdened with a tripod or flash.

Make sure that you have a fast lens if you want to take images in low light, conditions that are commonly encountered indoors.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - An excellent selection for a plethora of lighting conditions. The film is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the Nikkorex 35 in the vast majority of situations.

The images will have extremely good skin tones and leans towards the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on your location, this film may be more widely available. It is a great alternative to Kodak film.

In comparison to to Kodak, Fuji appears to be a small amount 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. This happens to be the only 35mm film emulsion focused on consumers.

The emulsion is available in the 120 film format, to be used in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film stock that was launched in the mid-1980s. The film gives the look of snapshots from the 80s and 1990s. For the authentic shooting experience try an on-camera flash.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the most popular look the film can achieve. This will produce the wonderful colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among film enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the most widely 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 sold in ISO 160 and 800 emulsions. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 are also available.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equivalent to Kodak Portra 400, but with a different color profile. Expect to see stronger greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable prices and more than acceptable very popular to be used in the Nikon Nikkorex 35.

The primary draw for budget minded photographers and photography students is the very affordable price. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it's great to have economical rolls of 35 film around for trying out recently obtained used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

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

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

A good quality film stock to work with for your initial couple of attempts at home developing or analog photography. Additionally, a good choice if you are attempting to check out a camera to confirm that it's completely functional.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - You can get the cheapest price by getting it straight from Ultrafine.

They produce chemical developer kits for 35mm film, so if you process film at home you might have previously interacted with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the two most commonly used black & white film stocks. They possess a number of capabilities that are equivalent that make them so well liked, while retaining unique styles.

Both films can be pushed 2 stops and deliver professional photos. A roll of film can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them very flexible.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The main differences are that HP5 Plus has less contrast and is cheaper when compared to Tri-X. Less contrast can be a benefit because of the fact contrast can be changed when making a print in the darkroom or through digital post processing.

The film emulsion still looks outstanding 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 a more distinctive look. To showcase the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it will need to be developed in Kodak D-76.

You're going to undeniably see considerably more contrast with Kodak Tri-X. That is excellent if it happens to be the overall look you would you like because it means not as much work when through digital processing or making a print in the darkroom.

Transparency Film

Film stocks that make a positive image are known as reversal, transparency, or slide film. That means a light box or projector can be used to view the photographs.

The colors do not need to be inverted to be viewable, contrary to the more prevalent negative film emulsions.

Slide films are perceived as tricky to work with due to the fact slide film has a lot less dynamic range and latitude compared to negative film.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - The film is known for fine grain and excellent skin tones. There's not any hypersaturation of colors. The film has been balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a seriously sharp color balanced for daylight film with lots of contrast and saturation, giving pictures a distinctive appearance. Compared to all the transparency films that are available, it has the top resolving power.

There's another emulsion that is ISO 100.

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

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and larger latitude, that is why pro-film costs more.

There will also be a disparity in business that sell rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can generally be purchased from pharmacies and big-box stores in limited amounts. Professional film usually need to be purchased from a online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

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

The less light there is available to get an image, the bigger the ISO of the film will need to be. This comes at the tradeoff of more film grain.

It might be a challenge to handhold the Nikkorex 35 with ISO 100 or slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They might take longer will probably be longer than what you could handhold without causing motion blur unless you are working in full sun.

To get around motion blur you will need to use a fast lens, flash, and/or tripod. The additional equipment may not be needed if you decide to use a higher speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

As a quick note, the ISO knob is listed as ASA/ISO on the Nikon Nikkorex 35. The shift to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops film can be overexposed while producing usable results. Pro film emulsions have a greater latitude paired with a slightly higher cost.

Reversal film has less latitude when compared to negative film. That is a reason why it's regarded as difficult to use.

Dynamic Range

The range between the shadows and highlights details of a photo is referred to as dynamic range. Parts of an image that are not in this range will be seen as solid white overexposed highlights or totally black underexposed shadows.

When working in a wide variety of quickly shifting lighting situations, films with a bigger dynamic range are a better choice.

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

Reversal film is considered tricky to use due to the limited dynamic range. The golden hour is the prime time to use transparency film.

Film Type

The Nikon Nikkorex 35 uses 35mm film that is sold in canisters. 35mm film can also be called 135 film, and it's the most widely used film format.

120 or 220 film, used by medium format cameras, is the only other type of film you are likely to encounter.

Switching the film stock you are using will change the look of your shots. This is an example of the wonderful things about using film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All available 35mm film manufactured at this point has a DX code. This will allow cameras to detect and set the ISO when the canister is loaded.

DX-coding does not matter for the Nikon Nikkorex 35 because ISO has to be selected manually with the ASA/ISO knob.

Nikon Nikkorex 35 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find limited choices for where to get 35mm film processed. For a more complete explanation of the possible choices, you can check out my guide on Where to Develop Film.

WARNING: Big box stores and pharmacies don't process film locally. They ship the film off to be processed by a third party. As a result, 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 film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the least difficult solution if you're just beginning to shoot film. If you regularly use film, this may be a drawback due to the fact that it can get pricey.

There are two things that can be done to greatly reduce the costs required to shoot film, if you're going through a medium to high volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

One of the ideal ways to cut costs on film is to buy a roll of 100 feet of film and load canisters yourself.

A 100-foot bulk roll of film should fill up roughly 18 rolls of film with 36 frames each. Count on discounts of 20-30% based on your pick.

Take into account that you're limited to 100-foot rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black & white film is less difficult and more cost-effective to develop at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

Any film can be developed by hand. It is an intelligence method to reduce costs so that you can shoot more film with your Nikon Nikkorex 35.

Black & white film is much easier to develop yourself. Developer temperature and time are not as imperative to do correctly with black and white films as temperatures and time are for color negative or slide film.

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