If you talked about film photography a couple of years back, everyone would be uninterested in the conversation. And why not? After all, film photography lost its steam a long time ago. Not anymore, though, because film photography has made a comeback- a much-awaited impressive one at that! The best part of it? This time, it is here to stay! That’s why at Georges Cameras we are excited to announce a new processing service for film lovers #filmsnotdead!
Through our Sydney store you can now drop in a 35mm roll of film to have it processed in store. We will process and scan a
- Develop and Scan a 24 exposure roll for $12
- Develop and Scan a 36 exposure roll for $12
Each scan is approximately 3637 x 2433 pixels (8.85 MP) with a colour depth of 8 bits/channel in sRGB. You will be able to access your scanned photos via a private Dropbox folder where we will host them for 7 days.
So if you are new to film what is this film photography frenzy all about? Why is film so popular? Well, we’ve listed down everything that you need to know about how unique film photography is and why it has finally made a solid comeback in this day and age!
Current day Scenario of Film Photography
Is film photography as complicated as it was in the yesteryears? Not at all! With the whole range of products and supporting accessories, you can now take film photography a notch higher. Right from the good old 35mm film roll, 120 film roll to the instant roll from Fujifilm and Polaroid, you have it all.
Capturing photographs with a film camera is one side of the story. How you add in a hint of freshness, a dollop of imagination, and spoonful of creativity to these images is the other. For top-notch image quality, you need to process your films and print your images. This has been extremely simplified, thanks to our new dev and scan service in store!
Below are some of the films we stock, some of which we can process in store. Whereas others you can develop at home in your own darkroom. A list of Ilford products are mentioned below to get you started.
Fujifilm is renowned across the world for its film products. Even when it comes to film photography, Fujifilm does not disappoint. It has come up with a range of 35mm, 120 and instant films to help you capture your favourite memories with ease.
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200 Colour Negative Film
Fujicolor 200 is a 35mm roll of film with 36 exposures. You can buy Fujicolor 200 in either a single or triple pack. With a wide exposure latitude, this film offers fine grain and an unparalleled degree of sharpness. This medium-speed daylight-balanced colour negative film provides a vivid colour palette, ensuring accurate colour reproduction in various lighting conditions.
FUJIFILM Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400 Colour Negative Film
If you are looking for a high-speed daylight-balanced colour negative film, this film from Fujifilm is just perfect. Offering a nominal ISO sensitivity of ISO 400/27°, this film delivers consistency in mixed lighting conditions, too. It also features Fujifilm’s 4th Colour Layer technology to produce vibrant yet natural colour reproduction. You can purchase X-TRA 400 in either a single or triple pack.
FUJIFILM Fujicolor PRO 400H Professional Colour Negative Film
Another popular 35mm roll offered by Fujifilm is the high-speed daylight-balanced colour PRO 400H. This film is designed with an exceptional ISO sensitivity. You can get this film processed at Georges Cameras as it is a C-41 process making it an ideal film for travel. The film has an ISO sensitivity of ISO 400/27° and is available in either as 24 exposures or 36 exposures. Additionally, this film features Fine Sigma Technology, which sets it apart from other film rolls from Fujifilm. With this technology, you get a fine grain structure that produces smoother surface textures. This is indeed a plus point when it comes to maintaining image quality while scanning and printing images.
FUJIFILM Fujichrome Provia 100F Professional RDP-III Colour Transparency Film
One more product to look out for in the 35mm or 120 category is this daylight-balanced colour transparency film Provia 100F. This film features a super fine grain structure, delivering naturally appealing colours and rich tones. The medium overall contrast and saturation offered by this film make it suitable for different photographic applications. It works amazingly well for product, landscape, portrait, nature, and fashion photography.
In the 120mm film roll category, too, Fujifilm has impressive products.
Fujifilm PRO 400H Medium Format Colour Film – 120mm
For accurate reproduction of neutral greys, this film is the best. With a high ISO speed of 400, the film gives you the flexibility to experiment with a wide range of lighting conditions.
Fujifilm Fujichrome Provia RDP
This film offers a vivid colour reproduction and is suitable for different types of photography. You can also find this film stock in a 35mm format. Thanks to its rich tone replication and super fine grain structure, you’ll never have an issue with image quality while scanning or printing images.
FUJIFILM Fujichrome Velvia 100 Professional RVP 100 Colour Reversal Film
For incredibly high colour saturation reproduction, you have Fujichrome Velvia. This film has been a popular option for landscape photographer for many years. It offers medium-speed nominal sensitivity of ISO 100/21°. With the introduction of new-generation cyan, magenta and yellow couplers, this film gives out a uniquely saturated look, with anti-fading characteristics. This film is available as a 35mm format or 120 film.
Films from Kodak, too, are impressive when it comes to features and image output. Kodak offers 35mm as well as 120mm films, and we will be delving into details of the best ones:
Kodak Gold 200 – colour Print Film 135 (35 mm) ISO 24 Exposures
This colour negative film offers an excellent combination of colour saturation, colour accuracy and sharpness at ISO 200. It is designed for capturing photographs in broad daylight or in situations where you require an electronic flash. The film also offers a wide-exposure latitude, one from two stops underexposure and the other from three stops overexposure.
Kodak Professional T-Max 400 Black and White 35mm 36 Exposures Negative Film
A high-speed panchromatic black and white negative film from Kodak, this film features a unique T-GRAIN emulsion. With this film, you get a fine grain structure, with a high degree of sharpness and intricate detailing. The film features an ISO sensitivity of ISO 400/27° and has a wide exposure latitude rating.
This versatile lens is extremely beneficial when working in difficult lighting conditions. Likewise, it is fantastic to capture moving objects too. The film is well-suited to biomedical and scientific work, and especially where fluorescence in photography is required.
Kodak GC 135-24 Ultra Max Gold 400 Film 3 Pack
Bright light or low light, this film works well in all lighting situations. Thanks to it’s the ISO 400 you now get sharper and detailed images irrespective of what your shooting conditions are. It has great scanning compatibility and exceptional colour reproduction capabilities, too. The bright, vibrant and pleasing images make this film worth the investment.
Kodak Professional Portra 160 colour 120 Negative Film 5 Pack
This is one of the best films in Kodak’s 120mm category. It is a daylight-balanced colour negative film, offering a natural colour palette. It is further enhanced by the medium saturation and low contrast for exceptionally consistent results. With an ISO sensitivity of ISO 160/23°, this lens is well-suited for portrait, commercial as well as wedding photography.
Lomography has a range of exquisite films, all of which are sure to add a dash of elegant style to your images!
Lomo Earl Grey 100 B&W Film 35mm
This 120 or 35mm black and white film has a wide tonal range and ability, rendering deep never-like-before dark blacks, stark whites and stunning greys. A medium-speed film, this one has an ISO sensitivity of ISO 100/21°, giving you the flexibility to shoot in a wide range of lighting conditions. It features a super-fine grain, helping you maintain image quality through the scanning as well as printing processes. Delivering impeccable sharpness and impressive image quality this is entirely one of the best 35mm films from Lomography. You can buy this film as a triple pack 120 or triple pack 35mm.
Lomography Lady Gray 400 Black and White Negative Film
If you’re looking for a high-speed film from Lomography, this is a classic choice. This black and white film is every photographer’s choice, courtesy of its impressive colour reproduction, smooth grain structure and high sharpness. Equipped with ISO 400/27°, you can easily use this 120 or 35mm film to capture moving subjects in a variety of lighting conditions.
Lomography 100 Colour Film 35mm
This 35mm film from Lomography is popular for its vivid colours and impeccable sharpness. A daylight-balanced colour negative film, this one comes with an ISO sensitivity of 100/21° in the C-41 process. With a fine grain structure, this film is ideal for printing and scanning applications too.
Lomography B&W 100/120 Potsdam Kino Film
This 120mm film is inspired by flickering projection rooms and smokey cinemas, bringing out the analogue aesthetics of the yesteryears, giving your images an unmissable monochrome charm. It delivers less grain and offers higher contrast, rendering scenes in a broader monochromatic range.
Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 Colour Film
Are you looking to bathe your film with the warm shades of red and orange? Well, this 120mm colour film from Lomography is just perfect. The extended range of this film gives you exceptional flexibility to experiment with a whole range of creative possibilities.
Lomography 400 Colour Film
If you love bright and bold shades, this 120 or 35mm film from Lomography is simply superb! With stunning colours and impeccable sharpness, this film is apt for bringing your creative ideas into reality. Irrespective of your shooting conditions and the lighting situations, you are sure to get great results with this film.
Ilford has come up with so many films in the 35mm range, and each of these products is exquisite in their features and output. Let’s run you through the films Ilford offers:
Ilford Kentmere 100 ISO 35mm 24 Exposure Black & White Film
Either as a 24 exposure or 36 exposure, this medium-speed film has an ISO sensitivity of ISO 100. It allows you to freely shoot in varied lighting conditions, offering fine grain and crisp image sharpness. This black and white film has a broad tonal range and a wide exposure latitude, making it a suitable choice for beginners.
Ilford Delta 100 ISO 100 35MM 36 Exposure Black & White Film
Another black and white film from Ilford, this 35mm film has everything to bring spark in your images. Available as either a 24 exposure, 36 exposure or bulk film, get this if you’re a stickler for perfection and wouldn’t compromise on any aspects of your photography. Delta 100 captures full detail with immense sharpness and clarity, ensuring enhanced image quality.
Ilford Pan F Plus ISO 50 35mm 36 Exposure Black & White Film
A slow speed yet high contrast black and white film, this one from Ilford offers exceptionally fine grain, detail and sharpness. Right from shooting outdoors in the bright sunlight to indoor shooting with controlled lighting, this film works wonderfully in diverse lighting situations. With the features it offers, this film is aptly suited for scientific applications such as photomicrography or production of black and white slides.
Ilford XP2 Super ISO 400 35MM X 30.5M Roll Black & White Film
Ilford XP2 is a super fast black and white film offering a wide tonal range. It is an excellent all-rounder to have in your camera and worth every dollar invested. This film also provides enhanced negative contrast for optimum black and white print quality which makes it completely compatible with scanning and printing applications.
Ilford PAN F PLUS ISO 50 35MM X 30.5M Black & White Film
This film has an outstanding range of tone, high-edge contrast and impeccable sharpness, making it suitable for a range of specialist or scientific photography. The Pan F Plus film can be developed by different developers using deep tanks, spiral tanks and automatic processors.
Instant Film – Fujifilm Instax
instax is a brand of instant still cameras and instant films launched by Fujifilm way back in 1998. With surging popularity, and an increasing number of people across the world are taking to these super cool, fun cameras that have changed the way ordinary people look at photography.
The instant films and cameras that Fujifilm has come up with, too, are super interesting. They come in three variants – Instax Mini, Instax Wide and Instax Square. Let’s get to know these three variants, what sets them apart from each other and also the range of products available.
Instax Mini Film
The instax Mini film has been crafted exclusively for the instax Mini Camera. The image area of the instax Mini film is 62 x 46mm. The images captured and developed by the instax Mini are super cute, and can easily fit into a purse, wallet or small photo frame. With sharp and accurate colour reproduction, the instax Mini film delivers natural skin tones.
Fujifilm Instax Mini films have an ISO sensitivity of ISO 800/30°, allowing you to capture images in different lighting situations easily. Each of these films gives out credit-sized photo prints once developed. Most come in packs of 10, but Fujifilm understands your requirements and has also come up with a pack of 20 exposure sheets as well as 60 exposure sheets.
The films are super funky and creative – so if you love colour and glitter, do try out the confetti themed films. These are colourful, bright and will glam up your photographs instantly!
Likewise, you also have eye-catching films such as pink lemonade, sky blue and black, for those who aren’t fans of too much colour. You can also opt for films that deliver clean whites and pure coloured pictures. The monochrome films are becoming increasingly popular by the day, as they allow photographers to expand the artistic potential of their photographic expression.
Instax Wide Film
Maintaining the same ISO sensitivity of Instax Mini films, the Instax Wide films are known for their glossy surface type. This daylight-balanced film gives a shiny, appealing texture to your images. They come in packs of 10 and 20 exposure sheets and are compatible only with Instax Wide Format cameras.
Instax Square Film
Fujifilm has come up with the Instax Square films, which offer a 2.4 X 2.4″ image area and a 3.4 X 2.8″ print size. These films come in packs of 10 and 20 exposure sheets. In these, you have the option of the white frame, black frame as well as monochrome frame borders. With excellent sharpness and grain structure, these films deliver vibrant coloured images, exemplifying natural skin tones.
Instant Film – Polaroid
These come in three categories, and we will be talking about the uses, compatibility and colour options each of them offers. Let’s get started:
i-Type for Polaroid i-Type Cameras
The i-Type film comes in packs of 8 and 16 exposure sheets and is compatible only with i-Type Polaroid cameras. They come in classic white as well as black and white frames. You also have a summer blues edition, with eight exposures. The ISO 640 sensitivity of these films stays consistent across all categories. This film offers an image area of 3.1 X 3.1″. Each of these films offers rich, natural colour reproduction, with a glossy surface finish. The development time for each film is 10-15 minutes only.
To commemorate 70 years of The Peanuts (which was later made into a movie Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie), Polaroid has come up with a Peanuts-themed i-Type colour film. With this film, you can instantly capture photos, featuring characters and moments from the beloved comic strip.
600 for Polaroid 600 and i-Type Cameras
The 600 films are compatible with both 600 as well as i-Type cameras. You have the classic white, black and white as well as originals colour film in this category. The film offers an image area of 3.1 X 3.1 “as well as an ISO sensitivity of ISO 640, giving you limitless freedom to creative expression.
SX-70 for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras
This film offers an ISO sensitivity of ISO 160, with an image area of 3.1 X 3.1 inches. It is specifically crafted for Polaroid SX-70 cameras and comes in classic white as well as black and white frames.
Dark Room Supplies
When it comes to film photography, film paper and chemicals for developing images are of utmost importance. Without these essential supplies, you cannot imagine nailing the art of film photography.
Let’s understand the different types of film paper before we move to the essential developing chemicals.
Type of Film Paper
This is the cheapest alternative available out there, making it perfect for those beginning with film photography. Resin-based paper dries quickly, which means the picture can be framed instantly. However, resin-based paper scratches easily, making it more susceptible to damages. While it isn’t completely suited for archival purposes, the paper is great for short term purposes.
Ilford’s has an impressive collection of resin-coated paper, each of it coming in different textures and structures (rolls and sheets). You can choose between satin, glossy and pearl surfaces as per your requirements.
If you’re looking for a durable paper, this one is a perfect choice. It is more expensive and offers better features than resin-coated paper. It has a thicker construction, resulting in sturdy prints. The possibility of fibre-based paper getting damaged is very less, thanks to the presence of strong fibres. One minor downside to fibre-based paper is that it takes a lot of time to dry, thus delaying framing.
However, if you want to preserve prints for years together, fibre based paper is the perfect alternative.
For those who love fancy finishes and textures, you also have the option of experimenting with different finishes for photo paper – glossy, semi-glossy and matte. For enhancing high-contrast and vivid images, glossy paper is the best choice. A little note of caution, though, glossy paper is more susceptible to glare, making even the minutest of all mistakes in your images visible.
Matte paper, on the other hand, is not shiny but gives you an aesthetic, versatile print. For a low contrast, subdued texture matte is the right choice. It doesn’t retain blemishes as much as glossy paper does – so you needn’t worry about fingerprints and scratches at all.
If you’re looking for a combination of the best of glossy as well as matte paper, choose semi-gloss paper right away. It gives you the shine of the glossy paper and the blemish-free look of the matte paper.
Variable Contrast Paper
This paper gives you the freedom to add contrast to the print with the help of the enlarger. Variable Contrast paper gives you complete control of the contrast you want to add in your final print. You can also play around with different contrasts using the test strips, to find out which best suits the look of the final print.
Ilford has a range of variable contrast paper, available in rolls and sheets. You have a slightly warm image tone, deluxe pearl, classic glossy, warm tone glossy and deluxe satin finishes, and you can experiment all you want with these impressively textured variable contrast paper. You also have the black and white darkroom paper, which is well-suited for toning and hand-colouring.
This paper comes with built-in contrast, ranging from 00 to 5. Suppose you’re sure of the contrast range that will suit your final print, go for this paper. If you’re still dicey about the contrast range, it is advisable to now opt for this paper and go for the Variable Contrast version instead. The graded paper has a fixed contrast, and will not give you scope for experimentation.
In film photography, it is impossible to develop your images without processing chemicals. These chemicals are the whole and soul of image development. The process of development of black and white images and coloured images has the same basic steps. Yet, developing black and white film is a lot easier than developing a coloured film.
Three common chemicals that feature in the development of all types of films are – the developer, the stop bath and the fixer. Let’s understand this better:
Developer (also known as a Developer Starter)
As the name suggests, all this chemical does is develop the film. All your images captured on the film will not be visible until the film is exposed to the developer. The developer brings out the silver halides in the film. With this, the brighter parts of the image stay dark, whereas the darker parts lighten.
Commonly developing agents are hydroquinone, phenidone and dimezone. The developing mix has to be highly acidous. For this, chemicals such as sodium carbonate and sodium hydroxide are added to the mix. You also have different developers to meet specific requirements, such as the warm tone developer.
One major component of developers is the replenisher. For ease of usage, Ilford has come up with developer replenishers in large quantity cans. These replenishers are extremely cost-effective, too.
This is used to prevent the film from getting damaged due to overexposure. This commonly happens if the film is left to develop for a longer time – much longer than required. Once the film has been developed to an appropriate degree, the developer has to be instantly replaced with the stop bath to prevent the film from being overexposed. Acetic acid is commonly used as a stop bath. Developers can be easily washed off with water, but for quicker and more impactful results, acetic acid is the best option.
In the final stage in the process of film development, a fixer is used to give final touches to the developed image. A fixer takes off any unexposed silver halides in the film, giving it a clean, finished look. It also stops the film from further reacting to light, maintaining the levels of sensitive chemicals in the film.
Ammonium thiosulphate and sodium thiosulphate are preferred fixers and show instant and effective results.
Colour Film Processing
During the processing of a colour film, the main difference is in the developing stage. A chemical called paraphenylenediamine is used to develop the film. This chemical exposes the film’s silver halides as well as ‘dye couplers,’ which are chemicals in the film that are made of different colours.
Range of Ilford’s Film Photography Products
Just like other essential film photography equipment, Ilford has a dedicated range of these essential chemicals required in the process of development in film photography. Ilford offers everything you need to have a seamless experience with this charming form of photography.
If you look around, you will see nothing but the glitz and glamour of the digital and mirrorless cameras. Everyone out there is chasing this craze of picture-perfect images churned out by these technologically advanced cameras. So much so, that creative expression is now taking a backseat.
Somewhere, in this world of dynamic photography, the old-world charm that instantly enhanced photographs is lost. The amazing part is that there are photographers who are willing to quit mainstream and bring this long-last charm photography back into focus. This is the clan looking to create authentic photography, to capture pictures that speak volumes the old school way. Without any doubt, the credit of bringing film photography back to the modern age goes to these very photographers.
Just like the vinyl albums have made a dramatic comeback, film photography is another classic example of how analogue mediums are not dead #filmsnotdead. The revival of film photography certainly brings in a new wave of hope in the world of photography. The team at Georges are excited to bring you our new service. So be sure to drop off your films and we will develop and scan them for you.