Results Of: The Large Format Photography - 2010 Survey - Part II

This blog in the series on the 2010 survey on large format photography focuses on the preferred film. The survey provided the possibility to share the film of preference on the basis of the following question: "What is the film that is your current favorite?" In combination with other answers provided (format of film used etc.), it is possible to draw the following conclusions:

Preferred black and white film (80% of users mentioned black and white film as their favorite)

Film type Total4x58x10120Other Format
Fuji Neopan 100 Acros7% (10)10% (9)4% (1)0% (0)0% (0)
Ilford Pan-F Plus1% (1)0% (0)0% (0)33% (1)0% (0)
Ilford FP4 Plus23% (33)20% (18)19% (5)33% (1)41% (9)
Ilford HP5 Plus15% (22)13% (12)23% (6)0% (0)18% (4)
Ilford Delta 1008% (12)12% (11)4% (1)0% (0)0% (0)
Kodak Tri-X7% (10)9% (8)4% (1)0% (0)5% (1)
Kodak Tmax 1008% (11)10% (9)0% (0)33% (1)5% (1)
Kodak Tmax 40016% (23)16% (15)23% (6)0% (0)9% (2)
Other Film14% (20)10% (9)23% (6) 0% (0)23% (5)

Note:

Other Formats: 13x18 cm, 5x7 inch, 8x20 inch, 9x12 cm, 6.5x8.5 inch

Other Film: Adox, Foma, Efke, Era, Fortepan, Shanghai

Excluded: Instant film, wet plate and digital photography

These data reveal that Ilford has acquired a significant market share (48%) under the black and white large format photographers that have completed this survey. Kodak is with 31% a good second player. Fuji has to share the other 21% with small players like Adox, Efke and Foma. Also, it becomes clear that it are still the traditional emulsions that play a dominant role. However, compared to what I have seen from a survey on film usage on the Leica forum, the limited use of Kodak Tri-X is apparent. This traditional Kodak film is one of the favourites amongs Leica users, whereas it plays only a limited role in this survey.

Preferred color negative or transparancy film (20% of users mentioned a color film as their favorite)

Film type Total4x58x10120Other Format
Fuji Color Negative 6% (2)4% (1)0% (0)33% (1)0% (0)
Fuji Color Transparancy 51% (18)58% (15)40% (2)33% (1)0% (0)
Kodak Color Negative 26% (9)23% (6)40% (2)0% (0)100% (1)
Kodak Color Transparancy 17% (6)15% (4)20% (1)33% (1)0% (0)

Note:

Other Formats: 13x18 cm, 5x7 inch, 8x20 inch, 9x12 cm, 6.5x8.5 inch

Fuji Color Negative: Fujicolor Pro 160 S, Fujicolor Superia Reala 100

Fuji Color Transparency: Fujichrome Provia, Astia and Velvia films

Kodak Color Negative: Kodak Portra films

Kodak Color Transparency: Kodak Ektachrome films

The data on color film usage reveal that the Fuji transparency films are the clear winners in the market. In case of color negatives, the Kodak Portra films are the once that are chosen by most large format users.