Camera Film Speeds

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1. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi. goin to hot climates like south america and australia soon, currently have kodak 400 speed films (and a Kodak F620 APS camera). will this film be too fast for these environments or ok? dont want to end up with poor photos! advice desperately needed please!

2. Posted by mitjamitja (Budding Member 8 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I hope im not too late for an advice. I think u definitely need some 100 speed films. U should know, if u dont already, that faster the film is (higher the number), the more grainier it is (and more expensive). That means the pictures are lower quality and u cant enlarge them so much. It is similar to resolution in digital photography. And i believe that faster films produce bad pictures if there is a lot of light (poor color etc.) For nature photography, for example, pros mostly use Fuji Velvia, which is 50 speed film.

I always take at least 2 kinds of films. One is definitely 100speed, since it is the cheapest and also appropriate for most conditions, the other is 400 speed or 200 speed.

Recently i started using a tool (small plastic thing), with which i can switch films even before i shoot them to the end. It is cheap, but i wont explain the details here, since u probably already went on that trip :)

3. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hot climate has nothing to do with film speed. Film speed is related to light sensitivity. The high the speed, the more sensitive the film is with light. Films with higher speed tend to be grainier than the lower speed film. If you do a lot of outdoor, bright light shooting, use film with lower speed - ASA 100, 50 or even 25. However, if you take lots of indoor pictures, such as museums, evening shots, ect. 400 film is fine. Problem with using different films is that you run into situation which you have to use different type of film, even when the first roll is not done with. I used to carry two camera bodies - one for each type of film. Sometime, I bring a changing bag. Now aday, I use digital camera- Canon SRL Rebel digital 300D - works great.

4. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi, thanks to u 4 that advice, no i havenet been on ytyhe trip yet, its in a couple of weeks time. had considered taking different films, but as u say the problem is needing the other film before the first is completed. not sure what i'll do about that; thanks anyway!

5. Posted by mitjamitja (Budding Member 8 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Well, it looks like i am gonna explain that little plastic tool :) Its not complicated, i guess most photo shops have it. Its used for getting the tip of the film out of the plastic case once it has been rewinded. So u can get the tip of the film out and put the half exposed film again in the camera. Then u put the plastic lens cover on the lens (or anything else !!VERY!! dark), and set the exposure to the minimum (shutter speed and aperture to the highest number). Then u take as many exposures as u have made before u took the film out !!! plus one!!!. Of course, when u take the film out, u have to write down the number of taken pictures.

To make the long story short: u put the film once again in a camera and wind it forward. U can do that by making those dark exposures, which dont change the already taken photographs.

So, that cheap plastic tool is very useful, although modern cameras (like mine ) have an option to leave the tip of the film out, when rewinding.

I hope u understood that, i know its a bit complicated :), if not, ask


6. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Yeh, in the past I just hand cranked the rewind handle until I hear the film inside came off the take up spool. I opened the camera, and replace with the new film. If you do that, you need to have a pen that you can write on the half-use cartridge that the roll has been use to whatever exposure number (ie. exp. #18). When you want to use it again, load the film back, keep the lens cap on, cover the eye piece (all to keep light from expose your film) and click the camera to the number of exposures you have plus one or two more, to make sure you don't double expose your film. If you don't plan to make poster size prints, you can also compromise by using mid speed film ASA 200, for instance. For indoor, use a light tripot or flash.

7. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey Red Knight,

I don't mess around with taking the film in and out because knowing me I'll accidentally ruin it by getting light on it. Good photography stores will ask you what type of pictures you will be taking before they sell you film. Getting good quality film is very important for good pictures. I use a 200 film speed most of the time because I tend to mix it up some. Be aware of where the light is when you are taking pictures, too, because sometimes it can overexpose a bit (but that might be what you want- the best sunset picture I ever took accidentally overexposed a bit. It was on good film at a crappy developer in Germany and my flash didn't go off for that picture.)

Yah, and like others said, film speed is about light not humidity, but keep in mind that what you see through the viewfinder is what you will be taking a picture of. So if it is hazy or foggy, it might not be too clear, no matter what the film speed is.

The haze/fog could also affect direct sunlight. However, less direct sunlight means less shadows so then you may not need your flash as much. Good cameras with automatic flashes will flash a little bit if there are shadows in the pictures. I liken flashes to the high beams on your car, though- they reflect against the fog/smoke making it less clear- therefore leave it off if that is the weather.

Well, I hope that helps. Enjoy your trip!


8. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hiya, thanx steph - u sure know a lot more bout the subject than me! guessin that my pics will be mostly of landscapes and wildlife, so will probably get a mid-range film speed. Thanks 4 yer help.