Film

With regard to pinhole photography; the majority of my work has been using Polaroid 4x5 sheet film.  Unfortunately, Polaroid discontinued production of instant films in 2008.

I've tried the majority of films which were manufactured by Polaroid; and, found I prefer using Polaroid Type 72 Black & White instant sheet film for pinhole photography. Type 56 Sepia is also very good with very nice tonal qualities.  

I have tried using Type 59 and Type 79 color film; but, the results were far less then satisfactory.  The Polaroid color films are not made for the long exposures necessary for pinhole photography.  Note: Polaroid color films have horrible reciprocity failure characteristics.

The photo below, of St. Philomena's church in Lansdowne, was taken using Polaroid Type 72 using the Zero Image 4x5 camera with a focal length of 50 mm and an exposure of 1 second.

St. Philomena's RC Church

Rollei Ortho 25

From my work developing zone plates; I have found I enjoy working with Rollei Ortho 25.  Ortho film in general is not sensitive to the red region of the spectrum; so, the film response is quite different then a classic B&W film like Efke 25.  In addition, since Rollei Ortho is not sensitive to red, it can be developed in a tray under a red safelight.

Efke Films

Efke is a classic photographic film produced with a very high silver content with a consistent grain.  

Fuji Film

Velvia 50 is an amazing film for the depth and brilliance of its color.  It also has very good reciprocity failure characteristics.

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