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Best Film for the Konica FS-1

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Best Konica FS-1 35mm Film

´╗┐The best film to use in the Konica FS-1 should depend on the available light, your lens, and type of film you want to shoot.

Taking advantage of an ISO 400 film or faster will let you avoid being weighed down with a tripod and/or flash.

If you intend to take pictures indoors or anywhere there is low light, make sure that you have a fast lens. Go read my article on the 5 Best Lenses for the Konica FS-1 for suggestions.

Color Film

Consumer

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Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - A very good option for a plethora of conditions. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should be able to handhold the FS-1 in lots of circumstances.

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

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Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Based on your location, this film might be more widely available. It’s a top quality alternative to Kodak.

Fuji photos appear to have cooler colors with stronger greens and blues, when compared to Kodak.

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Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO

Lomography 800 - You’re limited to a small number of options if you want an ISO 800 speed color film. For film geared towards consumers, Lomography 800 is the single choice.

Additionally, if you own a medium format camera, it is also available in 120 film format.

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Kodak Gold 200

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film that was launched in the mid-1980s. It produces the look and feel of home snapshots from the 1980s and 90s. For the genuine photography experience use a flash.

To bring the ideal look out of this film, make sure to over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will help you achieve the stunning colors people love Kodak Gold 200 for.

Professional

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Kodak Portra 400

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

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film emulsions have affordable costs and very good quality, making them quite popular for use in the Konica FS-1.

The largest attraction for budget minded photographers and photography students is the reasonable price. Even if you would not put yourself in those groups, it is great to have affordable rolls of film available for testing recently acquired used cameras.

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Kentmere 400

Kentmere 400 - It is manufactured by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is notable because that makes this the most commonly available film of the 3.

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Foma Fomapan 400 Action

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Is likely to be less difficult to obtain in Europe as the film is produced in the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A very good film stock to employ for your initial few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also a good selection if you’re attempting to check out a camera to ensure that it is working properly.

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Ultrafine eXtreme 400

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

If you process 35mm color film at home, you might have used chemicals sold by them to develop your film.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5+ 400 are the 2 best black & white film emulsions. They possess a number of capabilities that are comparable that make them so well liked, while maintaining unique styles.

Both film stocks can be pushed 2 stops and still deliver high quality images. A roll of film can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them remarkably versatile.

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The main differences are that HP5 Plus is cheaper and has lower levels of contrast compared to Tri-X. Low amounts of contrast can be an advantage due to the fact contrast can be increased when making a print in the darkroom or through digital post processing.

The film has subtle grain and still appears very good when pushed 2-stops.

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Kodak Tri-X 400

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 unquestionably has considerably more contrast. That’s ideal if that is the look and feel you want to have because it involves a smaller amount of work when editing digitially or making a darkroom print.

Slide Film

Films that produce a positive image are referred to as transparency, reversal, or slide film. This means the photographs can be displayed with a projector or light box.

Colors are not required to be inverted to be viewable, as opposed to the more readily available negative film emulsions.

Slide films have a smaller amount of latitude and dynamic range compared to negative films and so they are thought to be more challenging to work with.

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Kodak Ektrachrome E100 Transparency Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for superb skin tones and fine grain. The colors do not seem oversaturated. Ektachrome is daylight balanced.

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Fujichrome Velvia 50

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a sharp daylight balanced slide film with lots of saturation and contrast, giving images a distinctive appearance. When compared to all the reversal films available to buy, it has the best resolving power.

There is also another emulsion with an ISO of 100.

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Fujichrome Provia 100F

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Offers natural and vibrant colors with medium contrast and color saturation. It has ultrafine grain with a daylight color balance.

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Foma Fomapan R100

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, described by Fomapan as having very good resolving power, elevated contrast, and very fine grain. It is also regarded as a replacement 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 are easier to push, have improved latitude, and dynamic range.

There is a big difference in availability. Consumer film stocks can often be found in pharmacies and big-box stores in meager amounts. Professional level film needs to be bought from a online or camera store.

ISO

The ISO represents the film speed, that can also be regarded as the film’s sensitivity to light.

The bigger the ISO of the film, the less light is necessary to get a photo. This comes at the tradeoff of bigger film grain.

It can be challenging to handhold the FS-1 with ISO 100 or slower films (ISO 50, ISO 25, etc). The might take longer might take longer than what you are able to handhold without producing motion blur unless you are working in full sun.

To prevent motion blur you are going to need to use a flash, fast lens, and/or tripod. The extra gear may not be needed if you decide to use a higher speed ISO 400 or ISO 800 film.

As a quick note, the ISO selection knob is marked as ASA on the Konica FS-1. The move to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while keeping acceptable images. Pro film emulsions have a larger latitude along with a slightly increased price.

Negative film has more latitude than transparency film. That is one of the reasons it’s believed to be harder to use.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range represents the range between the brightest and darkest parts of an image that can be recorded. Areas of an image that are not in this range will be seen as completely white overexposed highlights or black underexposed shadows.

A bigger dynamic range is preferable because it makes working in a wide variety of lighting conditions easier.

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

The constrained dynamic range of transparency film is another factor it’s viewed as a challenge to shoot. A fantastic time to try it out would be during the golden hour.

Film Type

The Konica FS-1 uses 35mm film that comes in canisters. 35mm film can also be described as 135 film, and it’s the most widely used film format.

120 or 220 film, used by medium format cameras, is the only other type of film you are likely to come across}.

Swapping the film emulsion you are working with will change the look of your pictures. This is an example of the wonderful things about shooting film.

DX Coded Film

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DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All new 35mm film manufactured these days has DX encoding. This enables cameras to automatically detect and set the ISO of the film canister put in the camera.

ASA (ISO) on the Konica FS-1 needs to be dialed in manually. So DX-coding doesn’t be of any use.

Konica FS-1 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

There are a few choices for where to get film processed. For a more comprehensive discussion of the possible choices you can check out my guide on Where to Develop Film.

WARNING: Film is no longer developed on site at big box stores and pharmacies. They ship the film off-site to be processed by a 3rd party. This means that, you won’t get your 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

The easiest method and the method I would suggest doing if you are just starting to shoot film is to ship your film to a photo lab to be processed and scanned. A drawback to this is that it gets pricey if you regularly use film.

As long as you are shooting a moderate to high volume of film, there are two activities that can be done to limit your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the most widely used options to spend less money on film is to buy a bulk roll of 100 feet of film and manually load canisters yourself.

A 100’ roll of film will fill approximately 18 rolls of film with 36 exposures each. Look forward to discounts of 20-30% depending on your selection.

Be aware that you’re going to be limited to bulk rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black & white film is less difficult and more affordable to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

You can easily process and scan any film yourself. It’s an intelligence way to reduce costs so that you can use more film with your Konica FS-1.

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