Best Film for the Konica Autoreflex TC

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 TC will depend on your lens, available light, and if you want to use color or black & white.

To avoid having to carry around a flash and/or tripod, get a 35mm film that has an ISO of 400 or higher.

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

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film can be used in a multitude of lighting conditions and is a fantastic pick for a color 35mm film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the Autoreflex TC in most situations.

Expect images to appear slightly warm with wonderful skin tones.

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

Fujifilm pictures tend to have cooler tones with an emphasis on greens and blues compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color film, there are not many options. This happens to be the only film focused on consumers.

The film can also be bought in the 120 film format, to be used in a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film that started production in the mid-1980s. It gives the look of snapshots from the 1980s and 90s. For the authentic photography experience have a flash.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to produce the best look the film can achieve. This will provide you with the eye-catching colors everyone loves the film for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the most widely used color film. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the overall look the film is highly regarded for.

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

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equivalent to Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect more vibrant greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and very good favorable to use in the Konica Autoreflex TC.

The biggest attraction for budget-minded photographers and photography students is the very affordable cost. Even if you don't put yourself in those groups, it is good to have affordable rolls of 35 film available for testing recently acquired used gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Produced by Harmon Technology, which is also the owner of Ilford. This is notable due to the fact that makes this the most widely sold B&W film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - This is likely to be less difficult to get in Europe as the film is manufactured inside of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A suitable film to try for your first few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Additionally, a good option if you're trying out a camera to confirm that it's fully operational.

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

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

Professional

The 2 best black & white films are Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400. They possess quite a few attributes that are similar that helps make them so popular while retaining distinctive looks.

Both film emulsions can be pushed 1 or 2 stops and while still providing excellent images. This makes the film versatile as a roll can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The main differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable in comparison to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be beneficial because of the fact that contrast can be adjusted when making a print in the darkroom or through digital post-processing.

The film stock 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 rendering. To bring out the traditional grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be processed in D-76.

You'll without a doubt see more contrast with Kodak Tri-X. That is very good if that is the overall look you will want because it involves considerably less work when during digital post-processing or printmaking.

Slide Film

Slide film, also known as reversal film or transparency film, generates a positive picture. That means a projector or lightbox can be used to exhibit the pictures.

This is distinct from the more prevalent negative film stocks that make photographs that need inverting the colors in order to be viewable.

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

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and excellent skin tones. The colors won't show up oversaturated. The film has been balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a sharp color balanced for daylight reversal film with high levels of contrast and saturation, giving shots a beautiful appearance. Matched against all the reversal films you can get, it has the top resolving power.

It is also available in an ISO 100 speed.

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

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white reversal film, claimed by Fomapan as having high resolving power, fine grain, and increased contrast. It is also mentioned as a substitute for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Pro films cost more due to the fact that they are easier to push, have greater latitude, and dynamic range.

There's a disparity in businesses that sell 35mm rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can more often than not be found in pharmacies and big-box stores in anemic quantities. Professional film emulsions should be ordered from an online or camera store.

Film ISO

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

The bigger the ISO of the film, the less light will be necessary to capture a photo. Also, be prepared for larger sized film grain.

It is often a challenge to handhold the Autoreflex TC with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). They are going to take longer than what you are able to handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you're in full sun.

To stop motion blur you will need to use a fast lens, flash, and/or tripod. Using a high-speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film will make the extra gear unnecessary.

As a quick note, the dial to select film speed is marked as ASA on the Konica Autoreflex TC. The transition to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while still holding onto acceptable quality. Pro 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 deemed to be challenging to use.

Dynamic Range

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

When shooting in a wide variety of quickly shifting lighting conditions, film stocks with a larger dynamic range are a much better choice.

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

Slide film is considered to be challenging to use as a consequence of the small dynamic range. A very good time to test it out is during the golden hour.

Film Type

The Konica Autoreflex TC takes 35mm film that is sold in metal canisters. The film can also be referred to as 135 film, and it is the most frequently used film format.

120 or 220 film, used with medium format cameras, is the only other type of film you are likely to see.

Swapping the film stock you are working with will transform the look of your shots. This is an example of the terrific things about film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All available 35mm film offered at this point has a DX code. This enables cameras to auto-detect and set the ISO when the film is loaded into the camera.

DX-coding is not going to matter for the Konica Autoreflex TC because ISO is required to be selected manually with the ASA knob.

Konica Autoreflex TC Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

There are just a few possible choices for where to process 35mm film. For a more comprehensive discussion of the choices, take a look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Pharmacies and big box stores have ended developing film locally. They ship the film away to be processed by a separate company. Because of that, you will not 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 beginning to use film. A disadvantage to this is that it can become very expensive if you are regularly using film.

As long as you are using a medium to high-volume of film, there are a few actions that you are capable of doing to minimize your expenses.

Bulk Loading Film

Purchasing a roll of 100 feet of film and loading it into canisters by hand is considered one of the most widely used methods to save money.

Once you are done, you'll end up getting typically around 18 canisters of 36 exposures each. Look forward to discounts of 20-30% based on your pick.

Be aware that you are going to be limited to rolls of black & white film. This is due to black & white film is much easier and cheaper to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

You have the ability to develop and scan any film at home. It's a very good option to spend less so that you can use more film with your Konica Autoreflex TC.

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

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