Best Film for the Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: May 30, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

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

To avoid having to lug around a tripod or flash, pick a 35mm film that has an ISO of 400 or higher.

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

Color Film


Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - A terrific option for an array of conditions. Using this film you should be able to handhold the Nikkorex Zoom 35 in almost all circumstances.

Expect pictures to look a little warm with wonderful colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on your location, this film could be more widely available. It's an excellent alternative to Kodak film.

When compared to Kodak, Fujifilm appears to be a little bit cooler with an emphasis on blues and greens.

Lomography 800 - If you want a color film with an ISO of 800, there aren't very many possible choices. For film stocks focused on consumers, this is the sole available choice.

Furthermore, if you own 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. Kodak Gold 200 produces the look and feel of home snapshots from the 80s and 90s. Use a flash to get the "classic" film look.

To bring the best look out of this film, make sure to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will give you the appealing colors everyone loves the film for.


Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - By far the most popular color negative film among photography enthusiasts online. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the overall look the film is highly regarded for.

Additionally, ISO 800 and 160 emulsions of Kodak Portra. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 are also available to buy.

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

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

Black and White Film


These film emulsions have low costs and good quality, making them very popular to use in the Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35.

The largest draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the very low price. Even if you wouldn't put yourself in those groups, it's good to have affordable rolls of film readily available for trying out recently acquired used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It is made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is excellent because that makes this the most widely sold B&W film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It's less difficult to obtain in Europe as the film is produced inside of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

An appropriate film stock to try for your initial few attempts at analog photography or developing film at home. Additionally, a good choice if you're trying out a camera to be sure that it's totally operational.

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

They manufacture chemical developer kits for color 35mm film, so if you develop film at home you might have already interacted with them.


Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 are the 2 most commonly used black & white film stocks. They possess many attributes that are comparable that help makes them so popular while keeping different rendering.

You can create excellent photos after pushing both film emulsions 2-stops. A roll can be used 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 - The most significant differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is less expensive when compared to Tri-X. Minimal contrast can be an advantage due to the fact contrast can be changed when making a darkroom print or through digital post-processing.

The film stock still appears very good when pushed 2-stops. It is also notable for having subdued grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

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

You will unquestionably notice far more contrast with this film stock. That is great if it happens to be the overall look you need because it requires not as much work when editing digitally or printmaking.

Slide Film

Film stocks that make a positive image can be called reversal, transparency, or slide film. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to showcase the photographs.

This is unique from the more often used negative film emulsions that result in pictures that require the colors to be inverted so that they can be viewed.

Slide films have substantially less dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative films and so they are viewed as challenging to shoot.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. The colors will not be seen as oversaturated. Ektachrome has been color balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Makes beautiful looking photos that have greatly increased amounts of contrast and saturation. It is razor-sharp with a daylight color balance. Matched against all the slide films available, it has the best resolving power.

An ISO 100 version is also available to buy.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Creates realistic and vivid colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It's an ultra-fine grain film with a daylight color balance.

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

There may be a significant difference in businesses that sell rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can quite often still be bought in big-box stores and pharmacies in limited amounts. Pro film stocks will need to be ordered from an online retailer or specialized camera store.

Film ISO

A film's sensitivity to light is displayed by the ISO.

The bigger the ISO of the film, the less light will be needed to expose a picture. Furthermore, be prepared for noticeably increased film grain.

It may be frustrating to handhold the Nikkorex Zoom 35 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They will likely be longer will take more time than what you are able to handhold without producing motion blur unless you're in full sun.

A tripod, flash, and/or fast lens are going to assist you with longer exposure times. The extra accessories may not be needed if you use a faster ISO 400 or ISO 800 film.

As a quick note, the ISO knob is labeled as ASA/ISO on the Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35. The move to using ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) came after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).


Film latitude is the range of stops film can be overexposed while holding onto adequate images. Professional films have a larger latitude to go along with a somewhat increased cost.

Transparency film has a smaller amount of latitude in comparison with negative film. That is a reason why it's deemed to be harder to work with.

Dynamic Range

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

When shooting in a wide 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

Reversal film is regarded as challenging to use because of the constrained dynamic range. Golden hour is the prime time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

The Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35 takes 35mm film that is sold in metal canisters. The film can also be called 135 film, and it's the most frequently used type of film.

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

Switching the film stock you are working with will alter the look of your shots. This is an example of the best things about film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Most new 35mm film sold today has DX encoding. This allows cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO when the film canister is put in the camera.

DX-coding is not going to change anything for the Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35 because ISO has to be manually set.

Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find just a few choices for where to process 35mm film. For a more extensive explanation of the possible choices go look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film doesn't get processed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship film off-site to be processed by a 3rd party. As a consequence, you won't get 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

Shipping your film to a mail-order lab to be processed and scanned is the simplest solution if you are new to using film. If you regularly shoot film, this might be a downside since it can get expensive.

As long as you're shooting a medium to high volume of film, there are a few things that can be done to minimize your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the most widely used ways to lower your expenses on film is to buy a roll of 100' of film and load it into canisters yourself.

A 100-foot roll will fill typically around 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames. You should expect to save 20-30% based on your choice.

Keep in mind that you are only going to be able to get 100-foot rolls of black and white film. This is due to the fact black & white film is quite a bit easier and more affordable to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

You have the ability to process and scan film yourself. In fact, it's an excellent method to reduce costs so that you can use more film with your Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35.

Black & white film is significantly simpler to develop yourself. Temperature and development times are not as critical to get correct with black and white films as time and temperatures are for transparency or color negative.

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