Best Film for the Konica Autoreflex T3

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

The best film to use in the Konica Autoreflex T3 will be based on your lens, available light, and type of film you want to use.

To prevent having to lug around a tripod and/or flash, purchase a film that has an ISO of 400 or higher.

If you intend to take pictures in low light, such as inside, make sure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film works well in a variety of lighting conditions and is an excellent choice for a color 35mm film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the Autoreflex T3 in the vast majority of scenarios.

The photographs will have great colors and is on the warm side.

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

Compared to Kodak, Fujifilm tends to be a little bit cooler with notable greens and blues.

Lomography 800 - There are only a few options if you want a color ISO 800 film. This is literally the only 35mm film emulsion focused on consumers.

In addition, if you own a medium format camera, it's also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - An excellent means to achieve that mid-80s through 90s style. Use an on-camera flash to get the "authentic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to bring out the best look the film can achieve. This will help you achieve the outstanding colors everyone loves Gold 200 for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is definitely the most frequently used color film emulsion. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the appearance the film is highly regarded for.

Additionally, ISO 160 and ISO 800 emulsions of Portra. Portra is also offered in rolls of 120 film, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equal to Portra, but with "Fuji colors." Expect to see stronger greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film emulsions have affordable prices and very good quality, making them quite popular to try in the Konica Autoreflex T3.

The main draw for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the reasonable price. Even if you don't put yourself in those groups, it's great to have low-cost rolls of film around for testing newly delivered used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's manufactured by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable since that allows this to be the most broadly sold B&W film out of the three.

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

A decent 35mm film to try for your first couple of attempts at developing film at home or film photography. Additionally, a good choice if you're attempting to check out a camera to guarantee that it is totally operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest place to buy this film is online directly from Ultrafine.

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

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the two best black & white 35mm film stocks. They have a number of capabilities in common that makes them so well received while maintaining individual styles.

You can enjoy good photos after pushing both film emulsions 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them very useful.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The biggest differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is cheaper in comparison to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be helpful due to the fact that contrast can be added when making a darkroom print or through digital post-processing.

The film stock has subdued grain and still appears great when pushed 2-stops.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion features a more distinctive rendering. To bring out the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it should be processed in Kodak D-76.

You are going to undeniably see a higher level of contrast with Tri-X 400. That is awesome if it is the look you are after because it requires a great deal less work when printmaking or through digital post-processing.

Reversal Film

Film stocks that make a positive image can be called slide, transparency, or reversal film. This means the photographs can be displayed with a lightbox or projector.

This is unique from the more widespread negative film emulsions that result in images that require inverting the colors for the image to be viewed.

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

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - The film is known for fine grain and wonderful skin tones. The colors will not be seen as oversaturated. It has a daylight color balance.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Provides beautiful looking photos that have considerably increased amounts of contrast and saturation. It is amazingly sharp and balanced for daylight. It has the highest resolving power of any available reversal film stock.

An ISO 100 version is also available to buy.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Produces natural and vivid colors with medium contrast and color saturation. It has an ultra-fine grain with a daylight color balance.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white transparency film, marketed by Fomapan as having fine grain, higher levels of contrast, and very good resolving power. It's also mentioned as a replacement for the discontinued Agfa Scala reversal film.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

There's a significant difference in availability. Consumer film stocks can more often than not still be purchased from big-box stores and pharmacies in small quantities. Professional level film emulsions will need to be ordered from a specialized photography store or online.

Film ISO

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

The bigger the ISO, the less light will be required to get an image. Furthermore, be prepared for noticeably increased film grain.

It is often frustrating to handhold the Autoreflex T3 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They might take longer than what you are able to handhold without leading to motion blur unless you're working in full sun.

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

The ISO knob is listed as ASA on the Konica Autoreflex T3. The switch to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Latitude is the number of stops film can be overexposed while having usable photographs. Pro film stocks have a greater latitude paired with a slightly increased cost.

Negative film has more latitude when compared to reversal film. That is a reason why it's perceived as difficult to shoot.

Dynamic Range

The difference between the brightest and darkest details of a picture is described as dynamic range. Sections of a photograph that don't fit in this range will be rendered as solid white overexposed highlights or black underexposed shadows.

A bigger dynamic range is preferable due to the fact that a larger range helps make working in a wide variety of lighting conditions easier.

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

Transparency film is considered to be a challenge to use due to the constrained dynamic range. A very good time to try it is during the golden hour.

Film Type

35mm film that comes in metal canisters is used by the Konica Autoreflex T3. In addition, it’s the most widely used film format and is on occasion referred to as 135 film.

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

Switching the film stock you are working with will alter the look of your images. This is one of the best things about film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Most new 35mm film offered at this point has DX encoding on the canister. This lets electronically controlled cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film canister is loaded into the camera.

DX-coding will not make a difference for the Konica Autoreflex T3 because ISO is required to be dialed in manually.

Konica Autoreflex T3 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find a handful of options for where to have film developed. For a more in-depth explanation of the options, check my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film does not 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 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

Shipping film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the easiest choice if you are just beginning to shoot film. A downside to this is that it will get pricey if you regularly use film.

There are a few activities that you can do to limit the costs required to shoot film, as long as you are going through a medium to high-volume of film.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the most common methods to save some money on film is to buy a roll of 100' of film and manually load canisters by hand.

A 100' bulk roll can fill up typically around 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames. Look forward to savings of 20-30% based on your selection.

Be aware that you are limited to 100-foot rolls of black and white film. This is because black & white film is a lot easier and cheaper to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be developed by hand. It's an excellent way to save money so that you can use more film with your Konica Autoreflex T3.

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

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