5 Unique & Experimental Film Stocks You Need to Try! by Samantha Stortecky

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Written by Samantha Stortecky

One of my favorite aspects of film photography is the huge amount of film stocks available on the market today. Whether you are looking for professional films, something inexpensive for everyday pictures, or even something crazy with scratches and light leaks on it, film can cater to all your needs.

Experimenting with crazy and fun film stocks is wonderful, especially in the beginning when you first start shooting film. 

I find that being able to try out different film stocks and use fun and unexpected film can refine your craft and push your art out of the box. So, today, I am sharing with you five unique and experimental film stocks I think you should give a try!

5 Unique & Experimental Film Stocks You Need to Try
5 Unique & Experimental Film Stocks You Need to Try
5 Unique & Experimental Film Stocks You Need to Try
35mm film image of a cart filled with pumpkins shot on Psychedelic Blues film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Psychedelic Blues 400 film | Image credit: @splendidmusings

1. Psychedelic Blues 400

This is an experimental film stock I shot about 2 years ago when I visited a pumpkin patch. It was one of my very first attempts at developing film on my own and was such a cool and fun experience.

I take pictures every year at our local pumpkin patch, and I wanted to do something way out of the box, which is why I chose Psychedelic Blues 400.

This 35mm film is pre-fogged, creating light leaks all over each image. You’ll see strong streaks of yellow, red, and/or green color throughout your frame. And no image is the same, so you are guaranteed a unique experience no matter what role of film you are shooting from them.

Such a fun film to shoot with if you are looking for those bright and colorful light leaks!

Find Psychedelic Blues film at psychblues.com.

35mm film image of three children in an orchard shot on Psychedelic Blues film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Psychedelic Blues 400 film | Image credit: @splendidmusings
35mm film image of a grassy field shot on Psychedelic Blues film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Psychedelic Blues 400 film | Image credit: @splendidmusings

2. CineStill 50D

CineStill 50D has been high on my list for a while, and I’m so excited to say I just shot my first roll of it!

I see so many people on Instagram sharing their images they’ve shot on CineStill 50D and 800, and I just love the way it looks.

There are such beautiful tones to the film, and it reminds me a lot of Kodak Portra 160. This is a film stock you should try!

Available in 35mm or 120, CineStill 50D is converted into still film from motion picture film, giving your images a beautifully cinematic quality.

The colors are often a little bit muted with a warm and green tint. Being a 50 speed film, it loves light and will get muddy if underexposed.

Find CineStill 50D on Amazon.

Medium format film image of people walking on sandy dunes shot on CineStill 50D film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
CineStill 50D film | Image credit: @hasselbeard
Medium format film portrait of a woman standing on sandy dunes - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
CineStill 50D film | Image credit: @hasselbeard
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Film image of a landscape with cliffs and a river shot on CineStill 50D film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
CineStill 50D film | Image credit: @shoot_film_
Film landscape of an ocean cove shot on CineStill 50D film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
CineStill 50D film | Image credit: @shoot_film_

3. dubblefilm Apollo

I’ve been eyeing the dubble film stocks for so long, and I think their APOLLO film stock is the one I might try first. It gives such a warm ’60s vibe to it, and I am totally here for it!

You’ll usually notice more of a pastel color palette from dubblefilm APOLLO with subtle yellow or blue tones. The shadows tend to get a deep purple color. It’s warm colors create such a vintage feel!

(Also note that dubblefilms are only available in 35mm.)

Dubblefilm APOLLO seems like the perfect film stock to shoot when you are at the beach or somewhere where it’s sunny and colorful.

I myself am hoping to take it for a little walk around our downtown area to capture all the beautiful buildings and architecture!

Find dubblefilm APOLLO at dubblefilm.com or at Adorama.

35mm film image of a cherry blossom tree shot on dubblefilm APOLLO - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
dubblefilm APOLLO | Image credit: @35mmjag
35mm film image of apples in a grocery store shot on dubblefilm APOLLO - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
dubblefilm APOLLO | Image credit: @35mmjag
35mm film image of rose bushes shot on dubblefilm APOLLO - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
dubblefilm APOLLO | Image credit: @makebelievegarden
35mm film portrait shot on dubblefilm APOLLO - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
dubblefilm APOLLO | Image credit: @raeppasidotwoh
35mm film portrait shot on dubblefilm APOLLO - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
dubblefilm APOLLO | Image credit: @raeppasidotwoh

4. Lomography Berlin Kino 400

I’m not a huge connoisseur of black and white film. I found my love with Ilford Delta 3200, and I’ve pretty much stuck with that throughout my whole film journey.

But I won’t lie, I am completely in love with the Lomography Berlin Kino 400.

This film was modeled after old German films and really does a great job of bringing that aesthetic to life. It also has some impressive contrast, and, if you know me, you know I’m a huge sucker for those deep contrasty black and white images.

It has some gorgeous grain while still retaining detail, and it comes in both 35mm and 120.

Definitely on my list to try!

Find Lomography Berlin Kino 400 at lomography.com or at Adorama.

Black and white film image of the tail end of a classic car shot on Lomography Berlin Kino film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Lomography Berlin Kino 400 film | Image credit: @hyoshifilm
Black and white film image of a palm tree shot on Lomography Berlin Kino film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Lomography Berlin Kino 400 film | Image credit: @hyoshifilm
Medium format black and white film image of Tynemouth Priory shot on Lomography Berlin Kino film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Lomography Berlin Kino 400 film | Image credit: @howtohitashadow
35mm black and white film image of Durham Cathedral shot on Lomography Berlin Kino film - - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Lomography Berlin Kino 400 film | Image credit: @howtohitashadow

5. Revolog Streak 200

And last, but certainly not least, is this beautiful streaky film from Revolog.

Very much like dubblefilm, Revolog has so many different 35mm experimental film stocks to choose from, but I personally have my eye on their Revolog Streak 200 color negative film.

It has a colorful lines, scratched effect that cover the entire frame. It really gives it a grungy textured appearance to the image. The streak effect will be quite strong on the darker parts of your image and much more subtle (sometimes almost invisible) on the brighter portions.

I cannot wait to try it out. It’s the perfect film stock to liven up your images!

Find Revolog Streak 200 at revolog.net or at Adorama.

35mm film image of a lamppost shot on Revolog Streak film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Revolog Streak 200 film | Image credit: @hannah.loewon
35mm film image of woman with her hair blowing in the wind shot on Revolog Streak film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Revolog Streak 200 film | Image credit: @the_analogue_heartbeat
35mm film image of poppy flowers shot on Revolog Streak film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Revolog Streak 200 film | Image credit: @the_analogue_heartbeat
35mm film image of a wooded landscape shot on Revolog Streak film - 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stocks on Shoot It With Film
Revolog Streak 200 film | Image credit: @the_analogue_heartbeat

Well, friends, that’s it for me. I hope that you enjoyed this list and that it has motivated you to splurge on some fun film stocks and to go out there and experiment!

Have you ever shot any of these film stocks on this list or do you have any other fun, unique, and experimental film stocks that you use yourself? Let me know in the comments below so we can chat all about fun film together!

Thank you so much, Samantha! Samantha is a regular contributor here at Shoot It With Film, and you can check out her other articles here, including and how to shoot Kodak Portra 400 and Intro to Disposable Cameras: The Fujifilm Quicksnap and the Kodak FunSaver.

You can also check out more of Samantha’s work on her website and Instagram.

Please share your favorite experimental film stock below in the comments, and let us know any questions you have!

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Samantha Stortecky

Samantha Stortecky is a regular contributor for Shoot It With Film. Find her other articles here, such as How to Shoot Kodak Portra 400 and 4 Quick Tips for Shooting Better Landscapes on Film.

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