35mm SLR Film Blog

New Stock Launch - The Nifty Fifties

New Stock Launch - The Nifty Fifties

Four great new cameras launched this week, each with 50mm prime lenses, and each with a different choice of shooting modes (Take a look at our article about shooting modes if you don’t know what that means.)We thought we’d take a quick look at each and talk you through them, focusing on the different shooting modes they offer. Chinon CG5 with Chinon 50mm f1.9 lens We’re suckers for a black body here at Filtr, granted, but we love the styling on this one. The camera comes with a choice of either aperture priority shooting, or fully manual. We think that’s...

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Film Review - Kodak Portra 400

Film Review - Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra might just be the most popular and commonly used colour film out there, especially when you consider it is available in ISO 160 and 800. We though are reviewing the great all-rounder that is Portra 400. We’ve shot many rolls of this, but the most recent one was done on a super cheap 120 film camera, the Kodak 66. Great fun to use from time to time, but not something you’ll want to be your go to camera! All Portra films are famous for their lovely pastel colours and it’s neutral caste. You can point it at anything,...

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Film Review - Ilford Delta 100 on Lockdown

Film Review - Ilford Delta 100 on Lockdown

Ilford is probably the leading name when it comes to B&W film photography and this film, along with their FP4 ISO 125 film, is their most premium product. Known for the super fine grain it produces and high contrast, it definitely should be on the list of “films you must try”. It’s less forgiving than films rated at higher ISOs, the results when you get it right are worth it. You can easily buy it here. We shot our roll using a Pentax MX and a 35mm Pentax lens. We added a orange filter on a few shots, to see...

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Film Review - Fuji Velvia 100

Film Review - Fuji Velvia 100

First thing’s first. This film is a “slide film”. In short, that means you can project them if you want to, because you get a colour positive result, rather than a standard “negative” that you get with ‘normal’ films.A lot of people will tell you slide film is difficult to use. We are far from expert photographers, but we’ve always had good results out of it. So we say don’t let people put you off, and give slide film a try. Just make sure you use it when there’s plenty of strong light around and you’ll be fine.It is not...

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What really are the best beginners cameras? - Part 3

What really are the best beginners cameras? - Part 3

Part Three of Three So in part three of our article on what really are the best film cameras for beginners, we take a look at our nominations for the crown of “best beginners film camera”.Remember, we’re applying the criteria from Part Two of the article so worth reading that if you haven’t already.Olympus OM20The Asahi Pentax, the first successful film SLR, was such a success back in the late 50s, that nobody bothered to question whether SLR cameras could be designed in an even better way. That is, until Olympus took a fresh look at things with their iconic...

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