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best 120 film?????

craig mcparland , Aug 03, 2007; 12:27 p.m.

hi just bought a 645 mamiya.. what black and white film do you suggest?


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Erik Hattrem , Aug 03, 2007; 12:30 p.m.

With that camera, the only film that will work is Panatomic X from Kodak.

Rob Bernhard , Aug 03, 2007; 12:31 p.m.

All of them.

Only you can decide which one you need to use.

Jeff Adler , Aug 03, 2007; 01:01 p.m.

If you are new to b&w shooting and processing and if you intend to develop the film yourself then I will suggest Tri-X for a 400 speed film and Ilford PF4+ for a 125 speed film. Both films have very good lattitude if your exposure technique isn't perfect and both films work well in a variety of standard developers.

David Dorcich , Aug 03, 2007; 01:17 p.m.

Might as well ask what the best food is.

Peter A (NYC) , Aug 03, 2007; 01:17 p.m.

My favorite is Tri-X Professional, which is a bit different than regular Tri-X.

Ric Johnson , Aug 03, 2007; 02:55 p.m.

I prefer T-MAX 100/400 or PlusX or Delta 100/400 or no wait... any B&W film what is not C41 processing.

Jim Appleyard , Aug 03, 2007; 02:59 p.m.

"With that camera, the only film that will work is Panatomic X from Kodak."


Mike Gammill , Aug 03, 2007; 03:07 p.m.

All around use- Tri-X or HP5+. For fill flash in sunlight- Plus-X, Pan F+, or FP4+ unless you get the leaf shutter lens; then you can get by with Tri-X or HP5+. These are my preferences so perform your own tests and see what gives you the look you want. Search the archives for other opinions of various films. If you are going to do your own devekoping watch out for films that curl easily as they are more difficult to load until you gain some experience.

Panatomic-X?? If I could get it, I would!

Glenn Mabbutt , Aug 03, 2007; 04:47 p.m.

It depends if you're only interested in "traditional" black and white film such as those mentioned above, or whether you'd consider a "colour process" a.k.a "C-41" a.k.a. "chromagenic" black and white film, which will still give you a monochrome image, but as they're dye-based you don't get the grain you do with traditional films.

If you're interested, Ilford XP2 and Kodak BW400CN (and I believe there's a Fuji 400CN as well, not available locally for me, though) would be the chromagenic options.

Really, many options, try them and see what you like best :)

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