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Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 – Six Months In

It’s been more than six months since Bellamy Hunt (a.k.a. Japan Camera Hunter) brought a new black-and-white film stock to market, and while snide comments about Bellamy’s motives have popped up here and there, it appears that the film has been mostly received with enthusiasm. There are a few voices that argue against the film’s practicality when similar tried and true stocks are nearly half the price, but these types of comparison may be missing the point of JCH 400. As film shooters, we carry a minority…

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400 – Film Profile

The world of photography gear is, to put it bluntly, confusing as hell, and it can be hard to know which lens, camera, and film, is right for you and your budget. It gets even more difficult when we wade into forums searching for informed opinions on gear only to find threads filled with personal attacks, illiteracy, and dubious information. Sadly, in this post-truth age, confusion and misinformation seems to be the order of the day. And then we’ve got…

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Ilford HP5 Plus – Black and White Film Profile

We all know a knockoff when we see it. Fake Rolexes, certain Russian motorcycles, and pretty much anything bought off of a street cart in Hong Kong, these poor quality imitators just can’t match their real deal counterparts. It’s no different in the world of film. And one film in particular has garnered a reputation for being just such a cheap copy- Ilford HP5 Plus. To some old-school photo geeks, HP5 Plus is nothing more than a pale, British imitation of…

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Cinestill 800T Film Profile – Shoot Like Abrams, Allen and Tarantino

Living in Los Angeles is a bit different than outsiders think. In the popular imagination, LA is a sprawling, steamy city teeming with lawyers, writers, and aspiring actors who live fast and chase dreams with ruthless, amoral fury. It’s a place filled with sunshine and broad streets, racing cars and celebrities, scorching beaches and winding coastal highways. Of course people see it this way; it’s a vision that’s been shot countless times through the lenses of Hollywood and broadcast endlessly…

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Choosing Your First Film – Fujifilm Superia 400

[Editor’s Note : One of the most common questions I’m asked is one that’s very difficult to answer. People who’ve never shot film want to know where to start. To find the answer to this question demands that we ask and answer other questions; what type of photography do you want to shoot, in what lighting conditions, and with what camera? To help people choose the film that’s right for them, we publish our Film Profile series. But which film is best…

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Kodak Tri-X – Film Profile

Guitarists have the Fender Stratocaster, soldiers the AK-47, and handymen the world over have WD-40. These products have become the standard bearers in their fields; tools of the trade that are so accomplished they need no introduction. They’ve become so ubiquitous that even the inexperienced layman is familiar with their capabilities. The craft of photography has such a tool as well. It’s done tours in Vietnam, prowled alleys and side streets in every city in the world, and documented some…

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Fomapan Creative 200 – Film Profile

We’re back with another film profile, and since we’re smack in the middle of a series on home-developing black-and-white film we’ve decided to spotlight, you guessed it, a black-and-white film. But we won’t be messing about with chromogenic, desensitized C-41 film (sorry Kodak BW400CN and Ilford XP2). No, no, there will be no pretenders today. Today we’re shooting true black-and-white. While we could’ve easily extolled the many virtues of Tri-X and HP5, or the grainless wonders of T-Max and FP4,…

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Kodak BW400CN – Film Profile

We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you. In the past we’ve profiled two Kodak films that are still being produced today; the smooth-as-silk Kodak Ektar 100, and the invitingly warm Portra 400. These two films are great at what they do, and their operational latitude and universally available development process make either one a great choice for the newcomer or professional alike. But what if you want to shoot a black-and-white film that’s similarly accessible? Though the options…

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Kodak Ektar 100 – Film Profile

We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you. Last time, we talked about Kodak’s Portra 400, a warm and rich color film that we thought was a pretty solid all-rounder. Today we’re featuring another offering from the boys in Rochester. It’s Kodak’s Ektar 100. While Ektar 100 won’t make images as brilliant as slide film, and while it’s certainly less versatile than its faster brother Portra, in the right shooting situations it can create…

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