Best Film for the Olympus OM-10 Quartz

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

The best film to use in your Olympus OM-10 Quartz should be based on the lens, available light, and type of film you want to shoot.

Choosing an ISO 400 film or higher speed will let you avoid being burdened with a flash and/or tripod.

If you have a need to shoot pictures indoors or anywhere there is low light, make sure that you have a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - The film handles a plethora of lighting conditions well and is a fantastic selection for a color 35mm film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the OM-10 Quartz in just about all circumstances.

The photos will have fantastic colors and is on the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on where you are in the world, this film could have greater availability. It's a top-quality alternative to Kodak film.

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

Lomography 800 - You're limited to just a few possibilities if you want an ISO 800 speed color 35mm film. This is literally the only 35mm film emulsion focused on consumers.

In addition, if you own a medium format camera, Lomography 800 is also offered in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film emulsion that was launched in the mid-1980s. Gold 200 gives the look of family snapshots from the 1980s and 90s. Use an on-camera flash to get the "classic" look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to produce the best the film can achieve. This will provide you with the idyllic colors people love Gold 200 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 frequently used color 35mm film. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the look and feel the film is well-known for.

Kodak Portra is also available for purchase in ISO 800 and ISO 160 emulsions. As well as in rolls of 120, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm equal to Kodak Portra 400, but with a distinctive color profile. Expect to see more vibrant greens and blues.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and very good favorable to be used in the Olympus OM-10 Quartz.

The biggest attraction for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the affordable price. Even if you don't put yourself in those groups, it's great to have comparatively cheap rolls of film on hand for trying out newly purchased camera gear.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's made by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is great considering that makes this the most broadly sold B&W film of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Can be much easier to get in Europe as the film is produced out of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A good quality film stock to try for your first few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Additionally, a good choice if you are trying out a camera to confirm that it's totally operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest store to purchase this film is straight from Ultrafine.

They have developer kits for film, so if you develop film at home you might have already done business with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 are the 2 most frequently used black & white 35mm films. They do have many capabilities in common that helps make them a favorite while keeping unique looks.

You can still get professional photographs after pushing both emulsions 2-stops. A roll can be shot at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them remarkably versatile.

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

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - The major differences are that HP5 Plus has lower levels of contrast and is more affordable when compared to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be beneficial due to the fact that contrast can be changed when making a darkroom print or through digital processing.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion has got a more distinctive rendering to it. To achieve the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it will need to be processed in Kodak D-76.

Kodak Tri-X 400 certainly has higher levels of contrast. That's beneficial if it is the overall look you will want because it means substantially less work when through digital post-processing or printmaking.

Transparency Film

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

The colors do not need to be inverted to be viewable, as opposed to the more often used negative films.

Slide films have a smaller amount of dynamic range and latitude when compared to negative film and so they are believed to be challenging to shoot.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a film known for fine grain and picturesque skin tones. The colors will not appear oversaturated. Ektachrome has a daylight color balance.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Creates beautiful looking shots that have increased amounts of contrast and saturation. It is amazingly sharp daylight balanced film emulsion. When compared to all the slide films offered, it has the best resolving power.

An ISO 100 emulsion is also available for purchase.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers natural and vibrant colors with medium contrast and color saturation. It's an ultrafine grain film balanced for daylight.

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white slide film, claimed by Fomapan as having higher levels of contrast, fine grain, and very good resolving power. It's also regarded as a replacement for the long-discontinued Agfa Scala Film Stock.

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

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

You should expect to see a big difference in businesses that sell 35mm rolls of film. Consumer film stocks can more often than not be obtained from big-box stores and pharmacies in limited amounts. Pro film stocks should really be ordered from a specialized camera store or online.

Film ISO

The film speed is represented by ISO, which may also be regarded as the film's sensitivity to light.

The higher the ISO, the less light will be necessary to properly expose a picture. This comes at the trade-off of more film grain.

ISO 100 and slower films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc) are often troublesome to use handheld with the OM-10 Quartz. They will most likely take more time than what you can handhold without resulting in motion blur unless you're working in full sun.

A tripod, flash, and/or fast lens are going to help you with longer shutter speeds. The additional accessories may not be needed if you decide to use a higher speed ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

The ISO knob is listed as ASA on the Olympus OM-10 Quartz. The move to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Latitude

Latitude is the amount of stops film can be overexposed while maintaining tolerable images. Pro films have a greater latitude along with a somewhat higher price.

Negative film has more latitude than reversal film. That is one of the reasons why it is viewed as difficult to use.

Dynamic Range

The range between the shadows and highlights details of a photo is known as dynamic range. Sections of an image that do not fit within this range will be seen as totally black underexposed shadows or totally white overexposed highlights.

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

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

The small dynamic range of reversal film is an additional reason why it is considered hard to shoot. The golden hour is the ideal time to shoot reversal film.

Film Type

35mm film that is sold in metal canisters is used by the Olympus OM-10 Quartz. The film can also be called 135 film, and it's the most widely used type of film.

The only other film format you are likely to encounter to come across is 120 or 220 film that is used with medium format cameras.

Swapping the film stock you are using will change the look of your shots. This is an example of the best things about shooting film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All new 35mm film for sale currently has DX encoding. This will allow electronically controlled cameras to auto-detect and set the ISO when the film is loaded.

ASA (ISO) on the Olympus OM-10 Quartz must be dialed in manually. For that reason DX-coding will not matter.

Olympus OM-10 Quartz Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find just a few possible choices for where to have film processed. For a more thorough discussion of the possibilities, go look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Pharmacies and big box stores no longer process film on location. They ship the film off-site to be processed by a 3rd party. As a consequence, you won't be given 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

Shipping film to a mail-order photo lab to be processed and scanned is the most straightforward solution if you are just starting to use film. If you consistently use film, this might be a drawback since it can get very expensive.

Assuming that you are shooting a moderate to high-volume of film, there are a few activities that you can do to lower your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Among the most widely used options to lower your costs on film is to buy a roll of 100 feet of film and manually load it into canisters yourself.

Once you are done, you will get roughly 18 rolls of 36 exposures. Expect discounts of 20-30% based on your pick.

Keep in mind that you are limited to bulk rolls of black & white film. This is in part because black and white film is a lot easier and more affordable to develop yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

All film can be processed by hand. It's a good method to cut costs so that you can shoot more film with your Olympus OM-10 Quartz.

Black & white film is by far the easiest to develop at home. Temperature and development times are both not as important to get correct with black & white films as time and temperatures are for color negative or slide film.

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