Best Film for the Yashica FX-3 Super 2000

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: February 19, 2020
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35mm Film To Use

The best film to use in the Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 will have to be based on your lens, available light, and type of film you want to use.

Buying an ISO 400 35mm or faster will help you eliminate being weighed down with a flash or tripod.

If you want to capture photos inside or anywhere there is low light, ensure that you have a fast lens.

Color Film

Consumer

Consumer 35mm Color Negative Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film works well in a plethora of lighting conditions and is a great pick for a 35mm color film. Using Kodak UltraMax 400 you should have the ability to handhold the FX-3 Super 2000 in just about all scenarios.

The pictures will have terrific skin tones and is on the warm side.

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

Fujifilm images appear to have cooler colors with notable blues and greens compared to Kodak.

Lomography 800 - You're limited to a small number of possibilities if you want an ISO 800 speed color 35mm film. For 35mm film emulsions focused on consumers, this is the sole available choice.

Furthermore, if you have a medium format camera, Lomography 800 is also sold in 120 film format.

Kodak Gold 200 - A staple film that was released in the mid-1980s. Gold 200 produces the look and feel of snapshots from the 80s and 90s. Use an on-camera flash to get the "nostalgic" film look.

Over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops to reveal the most popular look the film can achieve. This will give you the striking colors people love the film for.

Professional

Kodak Portra 400 ISO Color Negative 35mm Film

Kodak Portra 400 - Among the enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is easily the top color film. Overexpose Portra 400 by 1 or 2-stops to get the style the film is known for.

Portra is also for sale in ISO 160 and ISO 800 emulsions. 8x10 sheets, 4x5 sheets, and rolls of 120 film are also available to purchase.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H - The Fujifilm emulsion that is most similar to Kodak Portra 400, but with "Fuji colors." Expect stronger greens and blues.

4x5 or 8x10 sheets of film are not offered, but 120 film is available.

Black and White Film

Consumer

These film stocks have low costs and more than acceptable quality, making them favorable to be used in the Yashica FX-3 Super 2000.

The biggest draw for photography students and budget-minded photographers is the reasonable cost. Even if you do not put yourself in those groups, it's great to have affordable rolls of 35 film readily available for evaluating recently delivered used cameras.

Consumer Black & White 35mm Film

Kentmere 400 - Manufactured by Harmon Technology, which is the owner of Ilford. This is notable considering that makes this the most commonly available film of the 3.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - Might be less difficult to find in Europe as the film is made out of the Czech Republic by Foma Bohemia.

A good quality film to employ for your initial couple of attempts at film photography or developing film at home. Additionally, a good selection if you're trying out a camera to check that it's totally functional.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The best store to buy this film is straight from Ultrafine.

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

Professional

The 2 top-selling black & white 35mm films are Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400. They have a lot of attributes that are equivalent that helps make them so well received while maintaining distinctive looks.

You can create great photographs after pushing both emulsions 2-stops. A 35mm roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them quite flexible.

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

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

The film stock still appears outstanding when pushed 2-stops. It is also noted for having a subtle grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Film

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film has got a more distinctive aesthetic. To create the traditional grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in Kodak D-76.

Kodak Tri-X clearly has a higher level of contrast. That is fantastic if that is the look and feel you will want because it results in much less work when making a print or during digital post-processing.

Transparency Film

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

This is unique from the more prevalent negative film emulsions that produce images that need inverting the colors in order to be viewed.

Slide films have much less latitude and dynamic range compared to negative film and so they are perceived as difficult to use.

Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. The colors do not show up oversaturated. It has been color balanced for daylight.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - Delivers unique looking shots that have high levels of contrast and saturation. It is razor-sharp and balanced for daylight. Velvia has the best resolving power of any available reversal film emulsion.

There's also another version that is ISO 100.

Fujifilm Provia 100F - Produces realistic and vibrant colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It's an ultra-fine grain film with a daylight color balance.

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

Film Basics

Consumer vs Professional Film

Professional film stock have larger latitude, are easier to push, and larger dynamic range, which is the reason they will cost you more.

You should expect to see a disparity in businesses that sell 35mm rolls of film. Consumer films can generally be purchased from pharmacies and big-box stores in small amounts. Professional film stocks needs to be purchased from an online retailer or photography store.

Film ISO

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

The bigger the film's ISO, the less light will be needed to expose a film frame. Furthermore, be prepared for larger sized film grain.

It might be frustrating to handhold the FX-3 Super 2000 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). This is due to the fact that without full sun, the exposure times will probably take longer than what you could handhold without resulting in motion blur.

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

The ISO selection knob is marked as ASA on the Yashica FX-3 Super 2000. The move to labeling ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) came after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film Latitude

Latitude is the amount of stops a film can be overexposed while still producing good photographs. Pro film emulsions have a greater latitude paired with a somewhat higher price.

Reversal film has less latitude compared to negative film. That is one of the reasons why it's believed to be difficult to shoot.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range represents the range between the shadows and highlights details of a photo that can be recorded. Parts of a photo that don't fit within this range will be seen as white overexposed highlights or black underexposed shadows.

When shooting in a variety of quickly changing lighting conditions, film stocks with a bigger dynamic range are a superior choice.

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

Reversal film is considered to be a challenge to shoot due to the small dynamic range. An ideal time to test it out is during the golden hour.

Film Type

The Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 takes 35mm film that comes in metal canisters. 35mm film can also be called 135 film, and it is the best-selling film format.

120 or 220 film, used by medium format cameras, is the only other film format you are going to encounter.

One of the wonderful properties of film is that you can change the film you work with and get a fresh look to your shots.

DX Coded Film

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

Most new 35mm film sold at this time has a DX code. This allows cameras to auto-detect and set the ISO of the canister loaded into the camera.

DX-coding is not going to change anything for the Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 because ISO needs to be dialed in manually with the ASA knob.

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 Resources

Where to Get Film Developed?

You will find just a few possible choices for where to have 35mm film developed. For a more in-depth explanation of the options, take a look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Pharmacies and big box stores have ended processing film on location. They ship the film off to be processed by a separate company. Because of this, you won't get 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 developed and scanned is the least difficult option if you're new to using film. A downside to this is that it will become expensive if you're frequently shooting film.

Assuming that you're going through a moderate to high-volume of film, there are two activities that can be done to cut back on 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 common options to reduce costs.

A 100-foot bulk roll should fill approximately 18 canisters of film containing 36 frames. You should expect to save 20-30% based on the film you pick.

Keep in mind that you are only going to be able to purchase 100-foot rolls of black & white film. This is due to black and white film is easier and more cost-effective to process at home.

Home Developing and Scanning

Any film can be processed by hand. In fact, it's a good method to spend less so you can use more film with your Yashica FX-3 Super 2000.

Black & white film is by far the simplest to process yourself. Temperature and development times are not as crucial to do correctly with black & white films as temperatures and time are for color negative or slide film.

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