I've been meaning to make a camera film guide for a while but I wasn't too sure how to approach it, so I'm just going to dive in and share what I've learnt so far :)
I'm starting off with my digital equivalent film camera, my Canon EOS 3 - you can read about how it came into my possession, over here! Anyway it's a great camera and lately I've been trying to get myself to use it instead of my digital (a hard process for me - I'm still a huge digital fan). The great thing about the EOS 3 is that it fits all my digital canon lenses (which I'll make sure to profile as well) and is a really simple camera to use, especially if you already use manual mode on your digital :).
The thing that makes this guide tricky is that not only do I like playing with cameras I like playing with film so I've decided to profile the camera with the film to show you the results :) First up is probably the mac daddy of film, the kodak portra 160, designed to deliver those impressive skin quality tones.
Now I was expecting a lot from the film and it gave me a lot but I was expecting crazy lots. It's quite a jump up on price in comparison to other film which maybe set my expectations way up high. What I guess I must remember when I get back my 4x6 prints is that 160 means very fine grain so essentially a more expensive film with a low ASA like 160 is going to be great for enlargements which I'll admit I haven't tested out yet. I guess for me unless I know I want enlargements from what I'm shooting I wouldn't fork out the extra coin for portra though I'll definitely rock it for future weddings or special occasions just to get that special extra edge :)
29 keeps 7 fails (from a 36 roll of film)
Fail reasons: Not in focus. Boring Shots
Things to remember: Don't trust autofocus on the Canon EOS 3! This film is super reliable, though won't produce amazingly bright or special colours. The lesson I learnt here was that this film won't save a boring shot that a toy camera might but it is much more predictable than a toy camera. 7 failed shots (I'm pretty picky) might seem like a lot but in my film experience it's been one of my best returns yet :P