35mm Film Guide.

I get many emails asking about the differences between certain brands of film, film speeds and which are better for which cameras but to be honest – the origins of 35mm consumer film are, to me, in murky waters. Color film production have ceased in several companies and although most brands are still for sale in the market, there has been a lot of re-branding going on so there’s no sure way of knowing what film I’m shooting with.

Having said that, I still think that a film guide would be useful for any other analogue enthusiast; every time before I try a new film, I like to check out samples on Flickr and blogs. Following my film camera guide, I do believe that a 35mm film guide is in order just so anyone who has half the mind to get into film photography has a clearer picture of what to expect. A few things to note about this guide:

1. This is by no means a professional guide.
I am an analog enthusiast, I do it for fun. I do not develop my own film and have absolutely no knowledge on how to do that. My films are sent to a local photo lab and basically, I just take whatever that’s given back to me. My thoughts and opinions of each film are based on how my photographs turn out under the professional processing skills of the lab people.

2. This is a guide based on preferences, not professional results.
Following the first point, there will be no discussion on how great the range of a particular film is, no talks about push or pull processing, no insistence on how grainless images are “the best”. As a film photography enthusiast, how good a film easily translates to how right it is for my needs.

3. Like I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of rebranding going on in different markets around the world so there is no sure way of knowing what film I’m shooting with.
One prime example: Lomography does not produce their own film so they basically rebrand other film stock to sell as their own. The origins of Lomography film is a topic widely discussed on the Internet but generally inconclusive since it differs over time. Hence, all thoughts and opinions expressed here point back to what I’m being told on the film package box, not what they “actually are”. I will, however, try my best to include extra information wherever I can.

4. Film performance is not always constant, depending on type of camera, lens, settings and weather.
The results I have garnered are produced with the cameras I own, without flash, and may only act as a general gauge. I have picked a number of pictures that I personally feel are representative of the results I have had with each film.

5. All films on this list have been used at least twice on different occasions. 
Generally, I find it hard to characterize any film that I’ve shot with only once. There is no way to know for sure if anything that turned out was not by accident so I’ve made it a point to only include films that I’ve shot at least two rolls of.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation that will go into helping me run this site. 

The films, in alphabetical order:


Name: Adox Color Implosion (for international dealers, please click here
Tones: range from yellow to red to green to blue, pre-treated for unpredictability and irregularity – blue happens the most often and reds are bright and saturated
Personal best results when used: absolutely anywhere so that you can see a bunch of different results




Name: Agfa Vista Plus 200 (markings along the negatives are the same Fujifilm) (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: blue/green, washed-out red
Personal best results when used: in overcast daylight or indoors with specific light source (not necessarily natural light)




Name: Agfa Vista Plus 400 (markings along the negatives are the same Fujifilm) (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: strong reds with undertones of yellow, medium to high contrast
Personal best results when used: in bright daylight with fast shutter speed (at least f/8)




Name: Agfacolor 200 (expired, original Agfa film made in Germany) 
Tones: bluish with undertones of yellow, low to medium contrast
Personal best results when used: indoors/under shade with lots of natural light (this film reminds me a lot of Solaris 100/200)




Name: Agfacolor Pro 200 (expired)
Tones: slight blue-green undertones; purple tinge and orange burns in expired effects, underexposes easily
Personal best results when used: indoors with plenty of natural light and a slow shutter speed




Name: Efiniti UXi Super 200 (markings along the negatives are the same as Agfa Vista Plus 200, which is probably rebranded Fujifilm emulsion)
Tones: blue with strong undertones of green
Personal best results when used: in overcast daylight or indoors with plenty of natural light




Name: Ferrania Solaris 100
Tones: slight blue tones, muted contrast, generally true to life
Personal best results when used: in overcast daylight or fast shutter speed in bright sunlight




Name: Ferrania Solaris 200
Tones: pastel hues with muted reds and yellows, generally true to life
Personal best results when used: in daylight or indoors with plenty of natural light




Name: Ferrania Solaris 400 (expired)
Tones: slightly red in daylight but generally true to life, no apparent expired effects
Personal best results when used: with toy cameras for strong contrast




Name: Fujichrome Sensia 100 (expired and cross-processed)
Tones: generally bright purples and reds with occasional cyans and oranges
Personal best results when used: outdoor in harsh light with SLRs for dramatic results, avoid indoors with artificial light




Name: Fujicolor 100 (expired) (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: soft white-washed with hints of slight overexposure, no apparent expired effects
Personal best results when used: in soft daylight with SLRs



Name: Fujicolor C200 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: blue-green undertones, muted reds, muted contrast
Personal best results when used: slightly overcast days produce excellent muted tones that I love



Name: Fujicolor Industrial 100 (業務記錄用)
Tones: medium contrast, true to life tones, reds are a little dramatic
Personal best results when used: basically all circumstances, renders light beautifully even with little light source




Name: Fujicolor Pro 160s (expired)
Tones: muted contrast with relatively true to life tones, underexposes easily due to expiration
Personal best results when used: outdoors under shade or indoors with plenty of natural light




Name: Fujicolor Pro 400H (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: true to life tones with obvious blue tinges, vivid colors with low contrast
Personal best results when used: indoors with plenty of natural light




Name: Fujicolor Superia Reala 100 (expired) (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: extremely true to life tones even in artificial lighting, no apparent expired effects
Personal best results when used: outdoors in overcast/fading daylight or indoors with plenty of natural light




Name: Fujifilm PROPLUS II 100 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: true to life tones even in artificial lighting, rather vivid reds but moderate contrast overall
Personal best results when used: anywhere, really, performs very well in low-light situations for a low speed film!




Name: Fujifilm Superia 200 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: green with tinges of blue
Personal best results when used: indoors with plenty of natural light or white artificial lights




Name: Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: prone to blue-green with slight yellow hues, muted reds
Personal best results when used: outdoors and indoors with plenty of natural light or white artificial lights



Name: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: black and white with a huge range of gray values
Personal best results when used: indoors with strong light source produce higher contrast images, outdoors under shade for beautiful levels of gray



Name: Ilford Pan 100 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: black and white with high contrast
Personal best results when used: indoors with light source, beautiful smoothness on highlights




Name: Kodak ColorPlus 200 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: none in particular, occasional tinges of red or yellow
Personal best results when used: in bright sunlight with slight overexposure or indoors with plenty of natural light



Name: Kodak Ektar 100 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: true to life with high contrast
Personal best results when used: in overcast/shaded daylight




Name: Kodak Gold 100 (expired) (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: slight yellow hues; low, muted contrast in daylight, reacts well to artificial lighting; slight purple tinge in expired effects
Personal best results when used: in daylight with fast shutter speed or indoors with light source (contrast goes up)




Name: Kodak Gold 200 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: generally high contrast but not quite true to life, over-saturation occurs easily especially with little light
Personal best results when used: in shaded outdoors or indoors with plenty of sunlight




Name: Kodak Portra 160 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: true to life (especially so for skin tones) with medium muted contrast under plenty of sunlight
Personal best results when used: on all occasions except indoors with little natural light (very much an outdoor/daylight film)




Name: Kodak Portra 400 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: generally true to life with rather high contrast
Personal best results when used: outdoors with sunlight or indoors with white artificial lights (I need to use this again – on portraits – to be sure but I think the medium-format version of this film produces far superior results than the 35mm version)




Name: Kodak Pro Image 100
Tones: moderate contrast with blue tinges
Personal best results when used: indoors with plenty of natural light, the low speed renders natural light beautifully but not recommended for indoors with artificial lighting



Name: Kodak ProFoto XL 100
Tones: generally true to life with realistically high contrast
Personal best results when used: indoors with plenty of natural light, overexposes rather easily when used outdoors (unless under shade)




Name: Kodak Professional Supra 400 (expired)
Tones: slight red undertones with extremely high contrast, especially when slightly overexposed
Personal best results when used: outdoors in daylight and overexposed – love the dramatic colors! (If you manage to get any of this film that was discontinued in 2003, they are bound to be expired and will perform terribly indoors with little light source or a fast shutter because of the expiration)




Name: Kodak UltraMax 400 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: true to life with high contrast
Personal best results when used: on all occasions, very reliable and reacts well to artificial lighting, suitable for toy cameras




Name: Konica Centuria Super 400 (expired)
Tones: generally high contrast with slight blue/green undertones, punchy vintage tones when expired
Personal best results when used: outdoors in bright sunlight exposed accurately or indoors with light at very slow speed to overexpose




Name: Lomography CN 100 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: generally true to life with medium to high contrast, over-saturation occurs easily when lack of light
Personal best results when used: outdoors with plenty of sunlight (very much an outdoor/daylight film)




Name: Lomography CN 400 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: true to life with high contrast
Personal best results when used: outdoors with fast shutter speed or indoors with plenty of natural light, suitable for toy cameras




Name: Lomography CN 800 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: blue-grey hues over muted medium contrast
Personal best results when used: outdoors with a toy camera




Name: Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: black and white with high contrast
Personal best results when used: on all occasions (don’t think too much with black and white film!)




Name: Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: varying degrees of contrast in yellow, orange, red, green and blue hues
Personal best results when used: with slow shutter speeds for extremely blue tones (I’ll need to try this again to confirm method)




Name: Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100
Tones: generally blue with hight contrast and saturation
Personal best results when used: crossed-processed, indoors with plenty of sunlight, suitable for toy cameras but over/underexposes easily




Name: Lucky Super 100
Tones: slight yellow undertones, pastel hues with low to medium contrast
Personal best results when used: in overcast daylight or indoors with plenty of light (not necessarily natural light)




Name: Lucky Super 200
Tones: slight blue hues, medium to high contrast, over-saturation occurs easily with little light
Personal best results when used: in bright daylight, suitable for toy cameras




Name: Solution VX 200 (both fresh and expired)
Tones: very true-to-life with slightly muted contrast, magenta tones when expired
Personal best results when used: fresh film preferred outdoors in daylight, expired film preferred indoors with plenty of sunlight




Name: Tudor XLX 200 (expired, allegedly rebranded Fujicolor C200) (click to buy on Amazon)
Tones: blue-green undertones, muted reds, muted contrast
Personal best results when used: indoors with plenty of sunlight produce rather true to life tones that I enjoy



I hope this guide helped! It will continue to be updated as I experiment with different films. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me if I’ve made any factual mistake or if you have any further questions. Shoot film!


121 comments on “35mm Film Guide.

  1. It’s so nice of you to do this :)

    There is a lot of film i don’t use very much because of the price but i will make June my a different-film every week and then try to share it too!

    1. I really wanted to put together the kind of guide I wish had existed when I first dabbled in film photography so you could say that I did this for really personal reasons! :)

      I honestly cannot wait to see your pictures using different films!

  2. Thank you so much for this very detailed list with apt descriptions! I do have one question, which is me wondering if you have any special tips for shooting with 100 film indoors? The few times I’ve bothered to try, I was met with nearly black exposures. I thought I’d have enough light, but I suppose my slow lens probably has more to do with that.

    1. Hi Alysha,

      I’m glad you are enjoying the guide! :) I usually set my shutter speed to 1/60, but in very dim places I can go as slow as 1/15 to make sure enough light goes through. :)

      When it comes to light, it should be slow, not fast! :)

  3. Wow Katie! Really, wow. I hope I’ll find the time some day soon to go through it proper.
    I’m glad to see the dalecarlian horse :)

  4. Wow, amazing! That must have been tough to put out, and to think I usually do it by instinct and feeling… I’m really really impressed!

    1. Thank you! It took a lot of me telling myself not to give up…. but I had so much fun picking out photographs that are representative of the style of each film, which is a rather different thought process.

      However, I do agree with you that taking photographs is very much an instinctive act. It’s really all about how the photographs make you feel. :)

  5. Hello! I just found your site and I think is amazing, I’m loving in danshuei and just yesterday I bought my first film camera canon ftb, do you know where can I buy a lot of film? Since is summer and I’m going to my home country Nicaragua! And they don’t sell film there.

    Thank you

    Also it will be amazing if you wanna meet and show me how to shoot film :)

    1. Hi Rodrigo!

      Thank you for your kind words! Do you mean you’re living in Taipei now? Do check out 台灣沖印網 at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, they have a great variety. Also, a few of the camera shops on Camera Street at Taipei Main Station area also sell film. :)

  6. Hello Katie! Thank you for this wonderful film guide.:) Really really helpful! I just want to ask if all these films are fresh? Or are some expired?

    1. Except for Fujicolor 100 and Kodak Gold 100, the rest are fresh films. Thanks for the reminder, I really ought to add that to my post, especially since I will be reviewing a lot more expired films soon. Just a note, though,my experience is such that as long as you use expired film in sufficient daylight, they usually perform normally. But it could also be because the expired film I purchased have been well-stored… no way to be sure though! :) :)

      1. I’ve been using nothing but expired films cause those are the only ones abundantly available here where I live. So far, only an expired Kodak Ultramax 400 sucks butt! Haha! Probably because I bought it to some store where they put their films just in display, and they don’t even have aircons. And yes, you should properly store it. I sell films and I put all of them in my refrigerator.:D

          1. I just died of jealousy! The film market in your country then is doing just fine? Here in the Philippines it feels like its dying.:(

            Do you sell them online and do you ship internationally?

  7. What film did you like best for fast moving action and sports photography?

    BTW, I really love your site.


    1. Hi Brad, thank you for visiting the blog! I’m afraid I don’t do any sports photography in particular but if you asked me, I would say any of the very true to life tones would be great so that energy can be well-documented in a realistic kind of way. Kodak Portra would be quite good, I think! Sorry I can’t be of any real help. :)

  8. Wow your photos are really incredible ! Thank you for taking the time to set up this guide. I find it very helpful. I just bought an holga and i wish i had a lomography master like you by my side to learn all the good tricks. Really amazing :) again thank you i really enjoy looking at your creative photos !

    1. Thank you for visiting, Claudia! It’s great to hear that you’re beginning your journey in film photography, I hope you get addicted real bad! :)

  9. hi i really love your blog! It inspires me so much! :) I want to get hooked into film photography too. :))
    Btw, do you use flash in any of your pictures? thanks :)))

    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Kat, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! Nope, I don’t use flash for any of my photographs, I just make sure to try to have as much light as possible. Not sure if you already use film but please do, I’m sure you’ll get hooked very quickly! ♥

  10. I like the photos that you shot with ferranis solaris. Do you buy it in your local store and do you order it online? We only have the common brands here in the Philippines.

      1. So sorry for the late answer, Arvee – just wanted to add that my local lab is selling Solaris whenever they can get their hands on stock. They used to be able to get Solaris 100 but then they sold out, stocked 200 and sold out again but now they are able to get 100 once again, which is great news! I really, really hope they don’t run out for a while. :)

  11. Hai! That is really cute photo you have! :D

    Last week i just bought Pentax ME Super with Kodak Ultramax 400 (thanks for sharing the result look).

    By the way this is very first film camera, really noob cant even know how to play the setting but i learn alot by reading from forum, manual book and this website is extremely useful guide! :D

    Anyway im going to have fun with my first film roll and might have a photography blog just like you too.

    Thanks million times alot for guide. :D

    1. Hello Amir! :) I’m sure you’ll pick it up in no time, film cameras aren’t difficult to use at all! Glad you find the guide useful, let me know when you launch your blog!

  12. Hai, I just finish my very first film roll and very happy with my first real SLR camera too. :D

    Here the photo using flickr (not photo blog yet tough…) :

    Pentax ME Super + Kodak Ultramax 400

    Thanks for give me a hope to keep doing this!

    1. Thanks for sharing the link Amir and congratulations on your first roll!! :) Quan Ice Cream and Coffee House looks like a place I will really enjoy! It’s too bad I only saw your photograph after I returned from a short trip to Kuala Lumpur in late January.

  13. Thank you so much! I’ve recently decided, after many years of digital camera, to try film and this is absolutely the best guide I’ve found around! Very very helpful!

    1. Hello Vittoria! So glad you found your way here and good luck in your analogue adventures! Hopefully we’ll get to see film photography your blog soon ♥

  14. Hi Katie!
    Thanks so much for putting together this exhaustive list of film examples! I think it’s the most comprehensive list I’ve found. So much so, I linked to it! Cheers and fantastic work!

  15. Thank you for taking the time in using and sharing your photos using Ferrania Solaris film as I wanted to know the quality and color of this film. I backed up the Kickstarter Project for Ferrania to manufacture again their color films starting in 2015 with Ferrania Chrome 100. Although the first film to come out in 2015 from the Ferrania factory is a color slide reversal film, it would certainly be almost as true to life as the Ferrania Solaris which you described.

    1. Hello Edwin! I also backed the Kickstarter project and can’t wait to get my hands on the film next year. Although I think I would have a lot of trouble picking the “right” occasion to use it… but I think with all the support we can look forward to more film for sale in the future.

    1. Thank you so much! I wish Mimi was my dog but unfortunately she belongs to my friend (ex-housemate) so sadly she doesn’t live with us anymore!

  16. Very good article. It was VERY helpful seeing the effects of the different film. I came looking for some new film for my Canon A-1 and i love the effect of the Agfa Vista plus 200. Really appreciate you laying it out so well. Where were most of the photos taken by the way? Looks so nice!


    1. Glad to help, Pete! When I started using film I searched for a guide like this for a very long time and ended with up nothing, so I decided to put one together myself! Most photographs are taken in Taipei, Taiwan, where I’m from! :)

  17. Just wanted to say thanks for your effort in making these collages of film collections. Great job! And keep up the good work. :)

    Greetings from Sweden.

  18. Hi Katie,

    You’ve done a lot of research on film photography. I just got into film and so far, I love it so much that I’ve not used my DSLR for anything other than birds and wildlife!

    After getting a few film cameras, I also got myself some nice vintage lenses and I’ve started to experiment with different films. So far, I’ve only shot Velvia 50 and Ektar 100 (Ektar just went for development!). Since I didn’t see any posts of yours regarding Velvia, I wanted to ask you if you could do a comparison of Velvia 50 along with the other films you’ve shot so far. That would give me a wonderful comparison of all the films I can get to experiment with. :)

    Thanks a lot.

    Dheeraj. C

    1. Hi Dheeraj. C, thank you for your comment! I haven’t been especially adventurous with slide film (although I hope to be more so in the future) so at this point I’m unfortunately unable to be of much help. Do use your vintage lenses with your DSLR, I think you’ll find that digital photography can be made much more interesting!

  19. Hey

    Loved your post. Your photos are great! I have written down the films I would like to try out thanks to your post. :D Super big help.


  20. Hello,
    Thank you so much for your website, your photography is lovely and beautiful. As well as you are so helpful as to post the film types you used .
    Thank you very much,

  21. Hi Katie,
    I just stumbled across this post and your site. It’s brilliant. I haven’t seen such a beautiful comparison of film types anywhere else. Did you come about this entirely by your own shooting of the different types? Well done either way. I’ve had personal curiousities about film for some time now but haven’t ventured to purchase a camera (film SLR) for a number of reasons, the chief one being a lack of proper developing shops where I live. This post makes me realize it will be worth my while to try it though. Great work, it’s appreciated… Lemme check out the rest of your site now.

    1. Hi Anthony, thank you for your comment! Yes, this post is based entirely on my own photographs. :)

      When I was just beginning to use film I was searching for a guide just like this one I’ve put together but there wasn’t any to be found so I simply had to make my own! I’m really glad you’ve found it useful, this guide is the biggest reason I’ve kept this blog for as long as I have.

      Please give film a shot, I am sure you won’t be disappointed!

  22. OMG thank you so much for this post! I’ve just bought my first film camera (Yay!) and I have no idea what film to get! So this has helped a lot :)) X

  23. Hey Zach from Ottawa Canada here!

    Amazing site, I just stumbled upon it today for the first time. I just recently got back into photography after years of doing it for a living. I eventually burnt out however I’m getting back into it again.

    Send me an email and we can chat! I’d love to hear your opinions on my extensive collection of lenses.


  24. Wow, thank you so much– I can’t tell you how helpful it is to see the various films in different conditions! I’ve just picked up my first vintage camera, a Zorki 4 (I usually use a modern Nikon) and am excited to start shooting with it. It’s remarkable how different the image comes out based on the film used, isn’t it? Anyway, thanks again. Your photographs are gorgeous and I love the mood you capture with them.

  25. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this excellent blog!

    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will share this site with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

  26. Barry
    I have been on the digital track for some time and now turning back to the old camera for a change. You comments and excellent guide have rekindled the old knowledge and most helpful. – regards to you and will be back no doubt to let it know how I went off.

  27. This is amazing… Thank you!!
    I was deciding in between Kodak Gold 200 and Fujifilm Superia 400, but I do like them both from the pictures you have… I guess I’ll purchase them both and try it out myself :)

  28. Another person here who’s been inspired by your guide, bought a bunch of film rolls, and is now shooting analog full-time :)
    I took photography classes in college (B&W) but haven’t been shooting analog in a long time, partially because of the cost associated with films and processing. I’m now working so I can justify spending more on photography, and honestly, I can shoot a roll a week without drilling a hole in my wallet if I just skip 3 days of buying coffee, so really, all is good ;) I didn’t know about the choices of color negative films available, so your guide was a HUGE help. Other resources talk about film choices without having actual photographs, so I come here all the time when I was choosing which films to buy. Plus, your galleries are impressive and I love your style of photographing people and plants!
    All in all, thank you again for putting this together. I hope you keep it up so I can be inspired every day!

    1. I’m almost embarrassed to reply after such a long time but I guess late is better than never? Thank you for your lovely words about my photographs, I hope to try better than I did in 2016. :)

  29. Thank you so much for this blog, straight into the bookmarks folder. I’ve never tried analog, getting my first camera tomorrow and can’t wait to order a bunch of these films you’ve used. Did you take all these pictures? The subject matter is always intriguing. What kind of life do you have? :p I need to come along on a walk someday, you seem to always see something interesting. Thanks for the share! xx

    1. Thank you for your very kind words… I lost a bit of my mojo in 2016 but hope to get into the groove again this year. Hope you are too! :)

  30. Hello your blog is very helpful thank you ! But I still have a question! I would like to have photos with grain and dusty! Is there a better film for that or how can I do it ?

  31. hi,cant imagine a girl loves films so much and knows them so well. very nice blog. i am wondering which type of scanner does your lab people do your films? noritsu or fuji sp? thank you. once again, very nice blog.

    1. Hi Edward, thank you for your kind words! I believe my older photographs were scanned with a noritsu and the newer ones the Fuji. I changed labs about four years ago so I would say most of them are scanned with the Fuji SP. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Gabriel! I’ve always wanted to move on to scanning my own negatives but unfortunately I currently do not have the luxury of time to do so.. there are quite a few scanners our there capable of high quality scans. A quick search on Google will give you some suggestions! :)

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