Here are some descriptions on the films in my fridge, from left to right in the photo below.
Kodak Portra 160 NC – this is a medium speed (ISO 160) colour print film which has neutral colours (NC). This and the Portra name means it is best for skin tones, so wedding photographers use it a lot. If you use saturated colours at a wedding people’s faces can look overly red and wedding dresses tend to bleach out, which can result in a loss of detail. A neutral film is muted ans so gives produces more faithful colours.
Fuji Velvia 50 – this is a slow speed (ISO 50) very fine grain slide film with strong, saturated colours. It is the professionals choice for landscape photography. If you have an old slide projector, or even a light box somewhere then treat yourself to a roll.
Kodak TMAX 100 – this is also a modern fine grain, medium speed (ISO 100) black and white film. I have some great enlargements from this film, it’s one of my favourites. One to develop yourself.
Fuji Reala 160s – another professional colour portrait film, this is Fuji’s equivalent of Kodak Portra NC.
Ilford XP2 – a high speed (ISO 400) chromogenic black and white print film. Chromogenic means that this film can be developed in colour chemicals, so just take a 35 mm roll to your local lab, pay the normal colour price and get 36 black and white prints. Easy!
Ilford FP4 – this is a traditional fine grain, medium speed (ISO 125) film that is a great place to start if you want to try and develop your own black and white film.
Ilford PanF – this is a very fine grain slow speed (ISO 50) film that I’ve never tried before. I plan to put it into a 1950’s era Agfa medium format camera I’ve got. I’ll develop it myself.
Kodak Tri-X – this is a fast film (ISO 400) that is a favourite among some professional photographers because of its grain. I’ve never tried it before, but I have a 35 mm roll in my camera now. Again, I’ll develop this myself.
Fuji Neopan Acros 100 – another fine grain medium speed (ISO 100) film but this time from Fuji. Never tried it before.
Kodak BW400CN – a high speed (ISO 400) chromogenic film that can also be developed in colour chemicals. Kodak’s alternative to Ilford XP2.
So there we are, loads of different films to try, and I only have a fraction of what is available. Choose depending on ISO, whether you want colour or black and white, prints or slides, develop yourself or not. It’s like having a choice of dozens of different sensors in your digital camera 🙂