I am leaving the old article below in blue for interest sake. As well as information about the films, there is some peripheral information about the makers which might be of interest.
The films I list are either available in physical shops in Lincoln or are available over the Interweb in the UK. I make no comment about the situation in other countries. The lists are in two parts - first monochrome films (because I prefer them) and then colour films. I have not bothered to put them in alphabetical order, I'm afraid. You will just have to read through the lists to see if the film you want is available.
As well as the make and type of film, I am noting the sizes it is available in. This will be a selection of 16 mm, 35 mm, 120 and 110. 'bulk' refers to 35 mm film in 17 m or 30 m lengths for loading your own cassettes.
|Fomapan Creative 200||35||bulk||120|
|CHS 100 II||35|
|Superia X-tra 800||35|
|Superia X-tra 400||35|
|X Pro 200||35|
|Redscale XR 50-200||35||120|
|Purple XR 100-400||35||16mm||120|
|X Pro slide 200||120|
|Impossible||to fit Polaroid 600|
|colour and monochrome|
ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM 2013I am updating this article on 23 December 2013 with the films I can find for sale today. Those films I mentioned in the original article that I can no longer find for sale are in blue type. Films in black type are available.
Having purchased all these old film cameras that I am writing about, I want to use them. In Lincoln where I live, films are much harder to buy than they were a few years ago, and much harder to get developed. There are two places in Lincoln that will develop C41 films on the premises but for good old fashioned black and white film you either need the patience to send them away to be developed or to develop them yourself. I develop my own 35 mm films but 120 films are beyond me and I need to send them away. If you would like to develop your own films, it is worth a look here: The Massive Development Chart
Products from both Agfa companies are available to the retail market, but only Agfaphoto products carry the name 'Agfa'. Agfa Gevaert products are only available as re-badged products - several Rollei films are re-badged Agfa Gevaert Aviphot films.
Kodak split their films into a consumer range and a professional range.
Fujifilm still have a good range of films available. They produce colour negative, colour reversal and black and white films. They split their films into consumer and professional films as seems to be the fashion these days.
Superia colour negative film is available in speeds of ISO 200, 400, 800 and 1600. They only produce this film is 35mm.
Fujicolor is a colour negative film available in three forms.
Superia reala is a ISO 100 film available in 35mm and 120.
Superia X-tra is a press film that is only available in 120 but in several speeds.
Pro is mainly aimed at portrait photographers. The ISO 160 film is available in 35mm, 120, and sheet film formats and the ISO 400 film is available in 35mm and 120 formats.
Fuji also make FP100C instant colour film
Fujichrome is a colour reversal film in two forms.
Velvia has ultra-high saturation, intensely vivid colours, high contrast (in Fujifilm's own words) so is not particularly natural looking. The designer of this film once claimed he wanted to make a film that reproduced skies like people remembered them when they came back from holiday. It is available in 35mm, 120 and sheet film formats.
Provia is also claimed to give vivid colours but perhaps not to the same extent as the Velvia films. Provia films are available in 35mm, 120 and sheet film formats.
Neopan is Fujifilm's monochrome offering. It comes in three forms.
Neopan Acros is a very fine grain medium speed (ISO 100) film It is available in 35mm and 120 formats.
Neopan 400 is a faster film (ISO 400) which is again available in two forms. First, the conventional form which is only available in 35mm and secondly the chromogenic form Neopan 400CN which needs to be developed in the colour C41 chemistry. This form is available in 35mm and 120 formats.
Neopan 1600 is a very fast film only available in 35mm.
Again, Fuji kasme black and white instant film - FP3000B
Note: As of late 2012, Adox currently cannot produce some of their films due to their manufacturer in Croatia ceasing trading. This affects the CHS films listed below. I am retaining the listings for the present in case Adox resume manufacture and I shall keep an eye on the situation - I shall update this post when there is something new to add.
Details on developing Adox films in various developers can be found at: http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.php?Film=Adox+CHS&Developer=&mdc=Search
CHS 25 & 50 while this is a panchromatic film, it has a red end cut-off at 620nm so reds will come out darker than with a modern panchromatic film. it is available as 35mm, 35 mm bulk, 120 and sheets.
CHS 100 II is more panchromatic than the ASA 25 and 50 films with a red end cut-off at around 620 nm. This is also available as 35mm, 35mm bulk, 120 and sheets (with a wider range of sheet sizes than the ASA 25 and 50 forms).
Ortho 25 is an orthochromatic film and so not really sensitive to red light - red end cut-off is 610 nm. This will produce a tonal range similar to that which was normal in the 1980s. In portraits, lips and skin blemishes will be black. In landscapes, brickwork will be darker. This is available in 35mm, 120 and sheet.
110 Adox do not currently produce 110 film cartridges but are in the process of introducing it. Adox say this will be a slow process and the 110 cartridges will be available towards the end of 2012 or later depending of income from other lines.
126 Until recently, Adox did produce 126 film cartridges but do not anymore.
Adox have also started making colour film. Their one offering sounds very strange - CVolour Implosion which 100 ISo and 35mm only and, according to Silverprint who retail it in the UK, "it has extra large grain, beautiful colours with bursting red and washed out blues and greens." In other words, it is a rubbish film!