Best Film for the Fujica ST701

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

The best film to use in your Fujica ST701 should be based on the lighting conditions, your lens, and type of film you want to shoot.

To eliminate having to lug around a flash and/or tripod, select a 35mm film that has an ISO of 400 or faster.

If you have a need to take pictures in low light, such as inside, ensure you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film works well in a plethora of lighting conditions and is a great selection for a color film. Kodak UltraMax 400 is fast enough so that you should be able to handhold the ST701 in just about all scenarios.

Expect images to look a bit warm with pleasant colors.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on where you are in the world, this film might be more widely available. It is an excellent alternative to Kodak.

Fuji photos tend to have cooler colors with notable greens and blues compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color 35mm film, there aren't many possible choices. For 35mm film emulsions focused on consumers, this is the single available choice.

In addition, if you own a medium format camera, it is also offered in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A guaranteed means to obtain that mid-1980s through 90s rendering. Use a flash to get the "nostalgic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the best the film can achieve. This will provide the appealing colors everyone loves the film 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 Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the look the film is known for.

Plus, ISO 160 and ISO 800 versions of Kodak Portra. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also available to purchase.

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

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With affordable costs and excellent favorable to try in the Fujica ST701.

The biggest appeal for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the low price. Even if you would not put yourself in that group, it's nice to have low-cost rolls of 35 film readily available for evaluating recently purchased used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's produced by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is good because that allows this to be the most commonly available 35mm film out of the three.

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

An appropriate film stock to choose for your initial couple of attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also, a good selection if you happen to be trying out a camera to ensure that it's working properly.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The best store to get this film is straight from Ultrafine.

If you process color 35mm film at home, you may have used developer produced by them.

Professional

The 2 most commonly used black and white 35mm films are Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5 Plus 400. While they both possess unique appearances, they do have numerous attributes that are equivalent that makes them so popular.

Both films can be pushed 1 or 2 stops and result in good photographs. A 35mm roll of film 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 less contrast and is less expensive compared to Tri-X. Lower levels of contrast can be helpful because of the fact that contrast can be adjusted when making a print in the darkroom or through digital post-processing.

The film emulsion has subdued grain and still appears outstanding when pushed 2-stops.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

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

You will unquestionably see greater contrast with Kodak Tri-X. That is notable if that is the overall look you would like because it requires a great deal less work when editing digitally or printmaking.

Slide Film

Slide film, also known as reversal film or transparency film, creates a positive image. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to view the pictures.

This is different from the more often used negative film emulsions that result in images that require the colors to be inverted in order to be viewable.

Slide films have substantially less dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative film and so they are thought of challenging to work with.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and excellent skin tones. There's virtually no hypersaturation of colors. It has been balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a seriously sharp color balanced for daylight reversal film with lots of contrast and saturation, giving pictures a special look. When compared with all the reversal films available to buy, it has the top resolving power.

There's another speed that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers realistic and vibrant colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It has an ultra-fine grain with a daylight color balance.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, noted by Fomapan as having excellent resolving power, increased contrast, and fine grain. It's also regarded as a substitute for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro film stock have a greater dynamic range, are easier to push, and bigger latitude, that is why they are more expensive.

There is a big difference in where rolls of film can be purchased. Consumer film stocks can generally be bought in pharmacies and big-box stores in small amounts. Pro film stocks often need to be purchased from an online retailer or camera store.

Film ISO

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

The less light there's available to get an image, the bigger the ISO of the film needs to be. This comes at the trade-off of bigger film grain.

It might be a challenge to handhold the ST701 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They will likely be longer than what you could handhold without causing motion blur unless you are out in full sun.

A flash, fast lens, and/or tripod can assist you with longer shutter speeds. The additional accessories might not be needed if you use a higher speed ISO 400 or ISO 800 film.

As a quick note, the dial to select film speed is marked as ASA on the Fujica ST701. The shift 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 retaining tolerable photographs. Pro film emulsions have a greater latitude to go along with a slightly higher price.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to transparency film. That is one of the reasons why it's believed to be challenging to work with.

Dynamic Range

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

A larger dynamic range is preferable because a larger range makes shooting in variable lighting situations easier.

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

Slide film is thought to be tough to use due to the small dynamic range. The perfect time to test it out would be during the golden hour.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in metal canisters is used by the Fujica ST701. In addition, it’s the best-selling film format and is on occasion described as 135 film.

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

Swapping the film stock you are using will alter the look of your images. This is an example of the excellent things about film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Virtually all new 35mm film offered for sale at this point has a DX code. This will allow cameras to detect and set the ISO when the canister is loaded.

DX-coding will not change anything for the Fujica ST701 because ISO is required to be dialed in manually.

Fujica ST701 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

You will find limited choices for where to develop 35mm film. For a more in-depth discussion of the possibilities, go to my guide on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is not processed locally at pharmacies and big box stores. They ship film away to be developed by a separate company. Because of this, you will not 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

Sending your film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the least complicated option if you are just beginning to use film. If you consistently use film, this could be a disadvantage due to the fact that it can get really expensive.

As long as you're going through a medium to high-volume of film, there are two things that you are capable of doing to cut back on your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Buying a roll of 100 feet of film and manually loading it into canisters yourself is among the most well-known methods to save money.

Once you're done, you will end up getting about 18 rolls of 36 frames. Look forward to savings of 20-30% based on your selection.

Be aware that you're limited to rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black & white film is quite a bit easier and more cost-effective to develop yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be developed by hand. It is a good way to cut costs so that you can use more film with your Fujica ST701.

Black and white film is significantly less complicated to develop. Developer temperature and development times are not as necessary to do correctly with black & white films as time and temperatures are for color negative or transparency film.

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