Best Film for the Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: May 25, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in your Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35 will have to depend on your lens, available light, and if you want to use color or black & white.

Buying an ISO 400 35mm or faster will let you eliminate having to haul around a tripod or flash.

Make sure that you have a fast lens if you want to shoot pictures in low light, conditions that are frequently encountered indoors.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film handles a large range of lighting conditions well and is a terrific pick for a 35mm color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the Nikkorex Auto 35 in lots of scenarios.

Expect images to look a little bit warm with wonderful colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - A different option than Kodak that might have better availability based on where you are in the world.

Fujifilm photos tend to have cooler tones with stronger blues and greens, compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - There are just a small number of possibilities if you want an ISO 800 speed color film. For film focused on consumers, this is the single available choice.

Furthermore, if you own a medium format camera, it's also for sale in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A reliable option to achieve that mid-1980s through 90s feeling. Use a flash to get the "classic" look.

To bring the best look out of the film, make sure to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will ensure that you get the outstanding colors everyone loves Kodak Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

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

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

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm emulsion that is most similar to Portra, but with a distinctive color appearance. Expect stronger greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have low costs and very good quality, making them very popular to try in the Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35.

The biggest attraction for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the affordable price. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it's nice to have low-priced rolls of 35 film readily available for trying out recently purchased camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It is manufactured by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable due to the fact that makes this the most broadly sold film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Can be easier to purchase in Europe as the film is made in the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A very good film to choose for your initial few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also, a good option if you are trying out a camera to ensure that it is fully operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest place to get this film is straight from Ultrafine.

If you process film yourself, you might have done that with chemicals produced by them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the two most commonly used black and white films. They possess a number of attributes that are equivalent that help makes them popular while preserving unique rendering.

You can create professional photographs after pushing both films 2-stops. A roll of film can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them quite versatile.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The major differences are that HP5 Plus is less expensive and has less contrast compared to Tri-X. A lack of contrast can be good because of the fact contrast can be changed when making a print in the darkroom or during digital processing.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion has a more distinctive rendering. To create the legendary grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it should be processed in Kodak D-76.

You will certainly notice considerably more contrast with Tri-X 400. That is great if it is the look you need because it involves less work when during digital processing or printmaking.

Transparency Film

Film emulsions that make a positive image are typically referred to as transparency, reversal, or slide film. That means a light box or projector can be used to view the pictures.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewable, contrary to the more prevalent negative film emulsions.

Slide films are viewed as hard to work with due to the fact slide film has much less dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative film.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and terrific skin tones. There's not any hypersaturation of colors. Ektachrome is daylight color balanced.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Produces distinct looking pictures that have highly increased levels of contrast and saturation. It is a razor-sharp daylight balanced film emulsion. It has the top resolving power of any available slide film emulsion.

There is also another speed that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Produces vivid and natural colors with medium contrast and color saturation. It's a daylight color balanced film with ultra-fine grain.

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stocks cost more due to the fact that they have better latitude, are easier to push, and bigger dynamic range.

You should expect to see a disparity in business that sell rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can quite often be purchased from big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic quantities. Professional level film stocks will 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 less light there is available to expose an image, the higher the film's ISO will be necessary. Also, be prepared for increased film grain.

ISO 100 and slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc) is often challenging to use handheld with the Nikkorex Auto 35. They will most likely take more time are going to take more time than what you could handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you are out in full sun.

A fast lens, tripod, and/or flash can assist you with longer shutter speeds. Using a high-speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film can make the additional gear not needed.

The ISO knob is marked as ASA/ISO on the Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35. The transition to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) came after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the number of stops a film can be overexposed while producing good images. Pro film stocks have a larger latitude to go along with a somewhat higher price.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to transparency film. That is one of the reasons why it is believed to be more difficult to shoot.

Dynamic Range

The range between the darkest and brightest details of a photograph is described as dynamic range. Sections of a picture that fall out of this range will be seen as completely black underexposed shadows or completely white overexposed highlights.

When working in a variety of quickly shifting lighting situations, 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 small dynamic range of reversal film is an additional reason why it's considered tricky to shoot. Golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

35mm film that is in metal canisters is used by the Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35. The film can also be described as 135 film, and it's the best-selling film format.

120 or 220 film, used in medium format cameras, is the only other film format you are probably going to come across.

One of the terrific things about film is that you can swap the film emulsion you work with and get a different look to your shots.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Most new 35mm film manufactured at this time has DX encoding. This will allow cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded.

DX-coding is not going to make a difference for the Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35 because ISO has to be set manually.

Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find a few choices for where to have 35mm film processed. For a more in-depth discussion of the options check my guide on Where to Develop Film.

WARNING: Film doesn't get developed on-site at big box stores and pharmacies. They mail film off-site to be developed by a separate company. Because of this, 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 most convenient solution if you are just starting to use film. A drawback to this is that it ends up being pricey if you are regularly shooting film.

So long as you're shooting a moderate to high volume of film, there are a couple of activities that you are able to do to help reduce your expenses.

Bulk Loading Film

Buying a bulk roll of 100 feet of film and manually loading it into canisters yourself is one of the most common options to lower your costs.

A 100-foot roll can fill approximately 18 rolls of film containing 36 frames. Depending on the film stock you will probably save 20%-30%.

Keep in mind that you're going to be limited to 100' rolls of black & white film. This is due to the fact black and white film is less difficult and cheaper to develop yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be processed at home. In fact it's a very good option to reduce costs so that you can shoot more film with your Nikon Nikkorex Auto 35.

Black & white film is by far the least complicated to develop at home. Developer temperature and development times are not as imperative to do correctly with black & white film as time and temperatures are for slide or color negative.

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