Best Film for the Nikon Nikkorex 35II

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: May 29, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Nikon Nikkorex 35II will be based on the lens, lighting, and if you want to shoot color or black & white.

Taking advantage of an ISO 400 35mm or higher speed will help you skip having to carry around a flash or tripod.

If you have a need to shoot photos in low light, such as inside, ensure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film handles a multitude of lighting conditions well and is a great option for a color 35mm film. The film is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the Nikkorex 35II in most situations.

Expect pictures to look slightly warm with amazing colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - An alternative to Kodak that could have greater availability based on what country you are in.

Fuji photographs appear to have cooler tones with notable greens and blues when compared to Kodak.

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

Furthermore, if you have a medium format camera, it's also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film stock that started production in the mid-1980s. It produces the look of family snapshots from the 80s and 1990s. Use a flash to get the "nostalgic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to reveal the best the film can achieve. This will help you achieve the gorgeous colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - By far the most popular color negative film among film shooting enthusiasts online. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the rendering the film is known for.

Kodak Portra is also for sale in ISO 800 and ISO 160 emulsions. As well as in rolls of 120, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm emulsion that is closest to Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect to see more vibrant blues and greens.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With low costs and good favorable for use in the Nikon Nikkorex 35II.

The biggest draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the competitive price. Even if you would not put yourself in those groups, it's good to have inexpensive rolls of 35 film on hand for evaluating newly acquired used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Produced by Harmon Technology, which is also the owner of Ilford. This is great considering that allows this to be the most commonly sold B&W film out of the three.

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

A good film stock to choose for your initial couple of attempts at home developing or film photography. Additionally, a good choice if you happen to be attempting to check out a camera to confirm that it is completely operational.

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

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

Professional

Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 are the 2 top-selling black & white 35mm films. They possess a large number of capabilities that are similar that help makes them a favorite while keeping distinctive styles.

You can get good photographs after pushing both films 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film 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 most significant differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable when compared to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be an advantage because of the fact contrast can be changed when making a darkroom print or during digital processing.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film possesses a more distinctive style to it. To reveal the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it will need to be developed in Kodak D-76.

Kodak Tri-X 400 clearly has far more contrast. That's perfect if it's the overall look you would like because it involves less work when editing digitally or printmaking.

Transparency Film

Film emulsions that create a positive image are referred to as reversal, transparency, or slide film. That means a lightbox or projector can be used to view the photographs.

This is different from the more often used negative film emulsions that make photographs that need inverting the colors for the image to be viewed.

Slide films are thought to be very difficult to work with due to the fact slide film has substantially less dynamic range and latitude than negative film.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - The film is known for fine grain and great skin tones. There's almost no hypersaturation of colors. It has been color balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is an amazingly sharp color balanced for daylight transparency film with high levels of saturation and contrast, giving pictures a distinctive appearance. Out of all the slide films available, it has the highest resolving power.

There's another speed that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Creates vibrant and natural colors with moderate color saturation and contrast. It's an ultrafine grain film with a daylight color balance.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white reversal film, noted by Fomapan as having high resolving power, higher levels of contrast, and fine grain. It's also mentioned as a substitute for the discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro films cost more because they have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and larger latitude.

There may be a significant difference in supply. Consumer film stocks can often be bought from big-box stores and pharmacies in meager quantities. Pro film emulsions will need to be bought from an online retailer or specialized camera store.

Film ISO

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

The less light available to capture an image, the bigger the ISO of the film should be. This comes at the expense of noticeably increased film grain.

It can be quite challenging to handhold the Nikkorex 35II with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc). They will most likely take longer will probably be longer than what you could handhold without leading to motion blur unless you're out in full sun.

A tripod, a fast lens, and/or a flash are going to assist you with longer shutter speeds. The extra accessories might not be needed if you get a faster ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

The ISO knob is labeled as ASA/ISO on the Nikon Nikkorex 35II. The shift to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Latitude

Film latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while still having adequate photographs. Professional films have a larger latitude paired with a somewhat increased price.

Negative film has more latitude compared to transparency film. That is one of the reasons it's viewed as more challenging to shoot.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range is the difference between the highlights and shadows details of a photograph that can be recorded. Sections of a photograph that don't fit within this range will appear as totally white overexposed highlights or completely black underexposed shadows.

A bigger dynamic range is ideal since a larger range can make 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 reversal film is another reason why it's considered to be hard to shoot. The best time to try it is during the golden hour.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in metal canisters is used by the Nikon Nikkorex 35II. In addition, it is the most popular type of film and is on occasion referred to as 135 film.

The only other film format you are probably going to come across is 120 or 220 film that is used with medium format cameras.

Swapping the film emulsion you are working with will transform the look of your shots. This is one of the fantastic things about using film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All new 35mm film for sale at this point has a DX code. This lets cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO of the film canister loaded.

The ASA/ISO on the Nikon Nikkorex 35II has to be selected manually. For that reason DX-coding is not going to be of any use.

Nikon Nikkorex 35II Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

There are limited possibilities for where to process 35mm film. For a more thorough explanation of the choices take a look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is no longer processed on-site at big box stores and pharmacies. They send the film off to be processed 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 option and what I suggest using if you are just starting to use film is to mail your film to a lab to be developed and scanned. A drawback of this is that it can become very expensive if you are frequently using film.

Assuming that you're 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 widely used options to spend less money on film is to buy a roll of 100 feet of film and load canisters yourself.

A 100-foot bulk roll can fill up roughly 18 rolls of film containing 36 exposures. Based on the film you are likely to save 20%-30%.

Keep in mind that you are going to be limited to 100-foot rolls of black and white film. This is because black & white film is easier and more cost-effective to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

Any film can be processed at home. In fact, it's an intelligent way to reduce costs so you can shoot more film with your Nikon Nikkorex 35II.

Black and white film is much less complicated to develop. Temperature and development times are not as essential to get correct with black & white films as time and temperatures are for color negative or transparency film.

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