Fuji Black and White Film Buying Guide

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Fuji Black and White Film Buying Guide

Fuji black and white film is appreciated for the contrast its produces. Popular amongst artists and professional photographers, it provides pictures with a classic or vintage look that a digital camera cannot achieve without editing. Widely used in film cameras, Black and white film was the first type of print film commercially available.


Film Length

Fuji produces 35mm black and white film rolls in several lengths, including 24 and 36 exposures. Shorter rolls of 12 exposures are also available. The number of exposures dictates the maximum number of pictures the camera can take before needing more film. Though rolls with fewer exposures tend to be cheaper, those with more exposures usually cost less per photo. It is important to note that film length has no bearing on film quality.


Buying in Bulk

Buying Fuji bulk black and white film increases cost savings, not only with in regards to the film cost, but also with respect to associated packaging and delivery costs. On the down side, film tends to degrade over time, especially if subjected to heat. If not planning to use the film by its date of expiration, consider freezing it; using frozen film does not affect the film quality, so long as the film sufficiently thaws before being used.


ISO Level

Fuji 35mm film has an ISO rating, or speed, which indicates its sensitivity to light. ISO ratings tend to vary significantly from ISO 50 at the lower end to ISO 800 at the higher end. Fuji black and white films of ISO 400 and higher are recommended for dim lighting or fast action, such as sports photography. This film ISO lets you use a high shutter speed to freeze rapid motion and minimise blurring. On the other hand, low sensitivity films tend to produce sharp and vibrant high quality images, but only in adequate light. With this in mind, slow films in the ISO 100 range are ideal for brightly lit situations, such as outdoor sunlight or studio photography. Generally speaking, the higher the sensitivity to light, the poorer the quality of the final image; these images often appear grainy.


Expired Film

Fuji black and white film, similar to other types, loses its contrast and colour balance over time if left undeveloped. However, storing in low temperatures slows this gradual chemical reaction. When shopping, be sure to check the "process before" date on the package. That said, many people choose to purchase expired 35mm black and white film, as camera film stored at normal room temperature is said to give excellent images long after its date of expiration.

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