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Can you still buy slow film on the high street?

29 Jun 2018 3:42PM
thinking of digging out old film camera to see if it still works can you still get ektar or agfa ultra or even konica impressa 35mm

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Euan65 Plus
2 316 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2018 7:17PM
Depends where you are. Here in Edinburgh it's not much of a problem.

In colour negative film, the only 35mm mainstream stuff still made is Kodak and Fuji. Kodak Ektar 100 is easily enough available, as is Portra 160 although it's not exactly a slow film. My preference is Portra 160 (I've never really got on with Ektar but to be fair haven't used much of it) or if I need speed then Fuji Superia Extra 400 - cheaper than Portra 400 and pretty much as good. You can't get Fuji 200 Extra any more, just the plain C200. For inexpensive medium speed retro fun, try Kodak ColorPlus 200, it's dirt cheap and surprisingly good, especially since you can adjust the colour balance in software.

To go slower, you need slide film and that's harder to get these days - with E6, you get all of the limitations of older digital with the added bonus of cumbersome processing which virtually no shops now offer. Unless you've got a specialist shop nearby, you'd probably need to send off for it. Same for processing, unless you're sufficiently masochistic to do it at home.

There is these days a MUCH greater choice of black-and-white film than of colour. For slow stuff, Ilford PanF can be found and the great standbys of FP4 & HP5 can even be found in the larger Boots stores from time to time. Naturally, you can expose FP4 (or PanF) at a lower sensitivity and develop in Perceptol.
Euan65 Plus
2 316 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2018 7:19PM
I'd also say that Fuji is gradually getting out of film production judging by appearances, so for colour you've basically got Kodak or some strange cheapo stuff that can give interesting results even if rarely the ones you actually want.

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