I've experimented with many different emulsions over the last year. But when it comes to a reliable, everyday film, I've been loading up Kodak ColorPlus 200. It's affordable (about $3.50 for 36 exposures), has a pleasing warm color palette, good sharpness, and excellent consistency from roll to roll.
I recently loaded up a roll in a Pentax Program Plus with a Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7 prime and took to the streets of California. In all sorts of different lighting conditions, inside and out, this bargain film delivered the goods.
The thing that's really impressed me is that when I shoot existing light in conditions that tend to be very bluish, ColorPlus delivers images with pleasing skin tones.
You can buy 5 rolls of ColorPlus for $17.99 with Prime delivery. At that price, shooting film becomes a very reasonable proposition.
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