Best Film for the Vivitar V2000

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 4, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Vivitar V2000 will have to depend on the lens, lighting, and type of film you want to use.

Getting an ISO 400 film or higher speed will let you eliminate needing to carry around a flash and/or tripod.

If you would like to capture pictures in low light, such as indoors, make sure that you are using a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film works well in a large range of lighting conditions and is a terrific choice for a 35mm color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should be able to handhold the V2000 in lots of circumstances.

Expect photographs to look slightly warm with pleasant skin tones.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on your location, this film could have greater availability. It is a fantastic alternative to Kodak film.

Fujifilm photos tend to have cooler tones with notable blues and greens compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - If you want an ISO 800 color 35mm film, there are only a few offerings. For film focused on consumers, Lomography 800 is the single available choice.

Additionally, if you have a medium format camera, it's also for sale in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - An outstanding way to achieve that mid-80s through 90s feeling. Use an on-camera flash to get the "nostalgic" look the film is known for.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to create the best look the film has to offer. This will produce the fantastic colors everyone loves Kodak Gold for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

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

Portra is also sold in ISO 160 and ISO 800 versions. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also manufactured.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm emulsion that is closest to Portra 400, but with a distinctive color appearance. Expect stronger blues and greens.

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

Black and White Film

Consumer

With reasonable costs and more than acceptable favorable for use in the Vivitar V2000.

The primary attraction for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the competitive price. Even if you would not put yourself in that group, it is great to have low-priced rolls of 35 film available for evaluating recently obtained used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - It's produced by the parent company of Ilford, Harmon Technology. This is excellent considering that allows this to be the most widely sold 35mm film out of the three.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It's much easier to acquire in Europe as the film is manufactured in the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A solid 35mm film to try for your initial few attempts at analog photography or home developing. Additionally, a good selection if you happen to be testing out a camera to check that it is totally functional.

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

They make developer kits for 35mm film, so if you develop film at home you might have previously interacted with them.

Professional

Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 are the 2 most frequently used black & white 35mm films. They possess a large amount of characteristics that are equivalent that makes them popular while keeping individual rendering.

You can obtain great results after pushing both films 2-stops. A roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them very versatile.

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 more affordable when compared to Tri-X. Minimal amounts of contrast can be nice because contrast can be changed when making a print in the darkroom or editing digitally.

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

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion possesses a stronger rendering. To achieve the old-school grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be processed in Kodak D-76.

You are going to without a doubt see considerably more contrast with this film emulsion. That's notable if that is the look you would prefer because it involves considerably less work when through digital processing or printmaking.

Reversal Film

Film emulsions that produce a positive image are commonly referred to as slide, transparency, or reversal film. This allows the photos to be viewed with a projector or lightbox.

The colors are not required to be inverted to be viewable, in contrast to the more widespread negative film emulsions.

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

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - The film is known for fine grain and attractive skin tones. The colors don't show up oversaturated. Ektachrome has a daylight color balance.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Delivers distinctive-looking shots that have elevated amounts of contrast and saturation. It is a sharp daylight color balanced film emulsion. Matched against all the reversal films you can buy, it has the top resolving power.

There's also another version with an ISO of 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Offers natural and vibrant colors with moderate color saturation and contrast. It is a film balanced for daylight with an ultra-fine grain.

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

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 will be a difference in supply. Consumer film emulsions can commonly be bought from big-box stores and pharmacies in anemic amounts. Pro film has to be purchased from an online or specialized photography store.

Film ISO

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

The less light there's available to properly expose an image, the higher the ISO will be required. This comes at the cost of bigger film grain.

It may be hard to handhold the V2000 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). This is due to the fact that without full sun, the shutter speeds will probably take longer than what you can handhold without producing motion blur.

To stop motion blur you are going to need to use a tripod, flash, and/or fast lens. The additional gear might not be needed if you get a faster ISO 800 or ISO 400 film.

As a quick note, the ISO knob is labeled as ISO on the Vivitar V2000. Older cameras will be marked ASA instead of ISO. The shift to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Film latitude is the range of stops a film can be overexposed while producing satisfactory images. Pro film stocks have a larger latitude paired with a somewhat increased cost.

Negative film has more latitude compared to slide film. That is one of the reasons why it's thought of as harder to work with.

Dynamic Range

The range between the darkest and brightest details of a photo is described as dynamic range. Sections of a photograph that are not in this range will appear as completely black underexposed shadows or totally white overexposed highlights.

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

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

Transparency film is considered tricky to shoot as a consequence of the constrained dynamic range. The golden hour is the ideal time to use transparency film.

Film Type

35mm film that is in metal canisters is used by the Vivitar V2000. The film can also be called 135 film, and it's the most frequently used film format.

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

Swapping the film stock you are using will alter the look of your shots. This is one of the fantastic things about shooting film.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All commercially available 35mm film distributed at this time has DX encoding. This makes it possible for electronically controlled cameras to detect and set the ISO when the film is loaded.

DX-coding does not make a difference for the Vivitar V2000 because ISO has to be set manually.

Vivitar V2000 Resources

Where to Get 35mm Film Developed?

There are a range of choices for where to process 35mm film. For a more in-depth explanation of the possible choices, go to my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is not developed locally at big box stores and pharmacies. They send the film off-site to be developed by a separate company. As a consequence, 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 lab to be processed and scanned is the most straightforward option if you are just beginning to shoot film. If you consistently use film, this could be a disadvantage since it can get expensive.

Assuming that you're shooting a medium to high-volume of film, there are a few things that can be done to greatly reduce your costs.

Bulk Loading Film

Considered one of the ideal ways to reduce costs on film is to buy a roll of 100' of film and manually load canisters by hand.

A 100-foot bulk roll should load typically around 18 rolls of film containing 36 exposures each. Depending on the film you are likely to save 20%-30%.

Bear in mind that you're limited to 100-foot rolls of black and white film. This is due to black and white film is much easier and more cost-effective to process yourself.

Home Developing and Scanning

Any film can be developed at home. It is a smart option to reduce costs so that you can shoot more film with your Vivitar V2000.

Black & white film is by far the least difficult to develop yourself. Developer temperature and development times are both not as imperative to get correct with black and white films as time and temperatures are for slide or color negative.

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