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just got an old canon t50, where and what type/brand of 35mm film do i buy?

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exactly as the title states. I want to play around with this camera a bit. thanks!
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Color or black-and-white? Either way, the best places to buy film are B&H Photo and Video, Adorama, and Freestyle Photo. If you just want to see if it works, you can just run some Kodak Gold through it. Really cheap, but still looks decent enough for most uses. For nicer films, it really depends what you want to do.
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I just want to shoot outdoor pictures, moslty landscape and city type shots. Would you be able to provide me with two links to a good brand of film, one black and one white? I would hope that each was $10 or less. Thanks. +rep for the help.
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If you just want to try some color and black and white films, Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5 are good starter choices for black and white, while Kodak Portra would do nicely for color. 35mm is cheap, buy a roll of each and see what you like.

That being said, once you get an idea of what you want your final product to look like, you will likely settle on a rotation of a few emulsions -- personally, I go between Portra 160/400/800 for color and Delta 400 and TMax 400 for black and white.
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Originally Posted by sub50hz View Post

If you just want to try some color and black and white films, Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5 are good starter choices for black and white, while Kodak Portra would do nicely for color. 35mm is cheap, buy a roll of each and see what you like.

That being said, once you get an idea of what you want your final product to look like, you will likely settle on a rotation of a few emulsions -- personally, I go between Portra 160/400/800 for color and Delta 400 and TMax 400 for black and white.

thanks, +rep

when buying film for a film camera, will the ISOs make a huge difference? I've mostly seen 400 online, which one is best for outdoor shots?
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Well, remember that in 35mm land, you're committed to shooting an entire roll at a single ISO unless you want to change mid-roll or carry multiple bodies. there are several ways around this:

-If shooting faster film, invest in neutral density filters. If you're shooting 400-speed film, using a 2-stop ND will be like shooting 100-speed film.

-If you're shooting slower film (25-100 ISO) you'll probably want a tripod as light fades. Slower films have tighter grain structure, so your shots will look cleaner. Slow-speed black and white is more popular amongst landscape photogs, while faster film is more popular for street photography.

-Professional print films have pretty wide exposure latitude -- that is to say, usually being a stop or 2 off will still create a usable image. I like Delta 400 because it's good for almost 4 stops in either direction, so it's easy to decide whether you want the image to have more detail in the shadows or highs. This, of course, requires you to know your meter well, so be sure you can imagine the exposure after you've dialed in your settings.

-35mm film is cheap, so bracket your exposures if you're unsure. You will learn how different films react to exposure miscalculation over time, so be patient.

Film photography is extremely rewarding once you're comfortable with your emulsion choice and general skill. Don't skip a shot because you're unsure it might not look right -- take it anyway and note your settings. If you're serious about shooting film, feel free to PM me if you have a specific question.
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