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What Kind Of Film Do You Use?  
User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

I'm a new aviation photographer and have had 20 successful uploads to a.net in the past month. (you can find my a.net photos here: http://russellfam.us)
Right now I'm using Agfa Optima 100 and 200 films and have also used Fujifilm Super HQ 200. As I'm not very impressed with either I'm still looking for better 35mm film for producing finer grain photos. What 35mm print film have you had excellent results with?
-Benjamin R Russell

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User currently offlineDerekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 905 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4903 times:

Benjamin
I use slide film now but I liked using Fuji Reala as a print film . The best used to be Kodak Ektar 25 but I don't think you can get it now.
Derek



Whatever.......
User currently offlineIwantaBBJ From Switzerland, joined Jun 2002, 775 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4896 times:
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I'm also a big fan of Fuji's Reala... For MY eyes, it produces excellent results, fine grain.... BTW: It's been a while since I saw something lower than a ISO 100-speed film, I was told there are none left on the market now.

Mike


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

When I still shot prints I used Fuji Reala. Superfine grain and superb color rendition!

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

Derek, Mike and Wietse, thanks for your comments, I plan to try out Fuji Reala in the near future. As for higher speed film (400, 800) what can anyone recommend? I'm looking to stop rotor blades and with the best possible results. Thanks.
-Benjamin R Russell


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4880 times:

Are you looking for print film only? I am affraid that there isnt really good 400 asa printfilm out there.. Just go Fuji or Kodak, you cant go wrong there.

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineIwantaBBJ From Switzerland, joined Jun 2002, 775 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
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A friend of mine swears that the Kodak Royal Gold 400 gives the best results... I might buy one or two for those hopeless winterdays at GVA!!

Mike

[Edited 2003-10-18 21:20:37]

User currently offlineJoge From Finland, joined Feb 2000, 1444 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

I say, you could stay all the way from ASA 100 to ASA 800 with Fuji. I've tried few rolls of Fuji Superia Xtra 800. That film is just amazing! It's not of course as fine grain as any ASA 100 film, but as for an ASA 800 film, it beats even some ASA 400 films.

So far, I've uploaded only one shot here:


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Photo © Jorgos Tsambikakis



-Joge



Bula!
User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4847 times:

I've used Reala quite a few times in the past, a really nice film. However, after trying Superia 100, that's what I've been using since then when shooting prints. There's really not much difference between Reala and Superia in terms of grain, but I find Superia gives less of a colour cast compared to Reala.
Tried Kodak Royal Gold once, never again.

Staffan


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

Sorry to sound ignorant but what is film?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlineDerekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 905 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

Film is what proper photographers use.


Whatever.......
User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4803 times:

I did a search for remarks containing "Reala" and a bunch of photos came up. However, the amount of photos taken with Reala (or claimed to be taken with Reala) has significantly decreased since 2002 and 2001. Does this film produce a sharp enough picture to keep up with a.net's ever-increasing quality standards?
-Benjamin


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5047 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4796 times:

I use Digital Film.  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud


bruce



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User currently offlineDerekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 905 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

Reala will be fine if you scan the negative. I don't know what the acceptance rate is here now for prints scanned on a flat bed.

These two of mine were taken on Reala this year


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Photo © Derek Ferguson



Derek



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

Derek, that is quite true.
And the REAL photographers use black and white (yes, I use black and white (though not exclusively)).



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User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4772 times:

Thanks guys, and Derek those are very nice photos. I'll be looking forward to shooting with Reala very soon. I also have a roll of Superia X-Tra 400 I plan to try out.
-Benjamin


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4772 times:
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Real photographers use slidefilm!

Tim



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User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4764 times:

If I wasn't interested in making prints from my photos, I might use slide film. In the event that I do decide to change, what kind of slide film can be recommended?
-Benjamin


User currently offlineJoge From Finland, joined Feb 2000, 1444 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

If I wasn't interested in making prints from my photos, I might use slide film.

You can always scan the frames you want prints of, burn the files on a CD and take it to the closest lab where they make prints out of files. Some labs, however, make prints directly from mounted slides, but the results are not that good.

-Joge



Bula!
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4758 times:

Joge said: Some labs, however, make prints directly from mounted slides, but the results are not that good.

What???  Nuts Nothing could be further from the truth. If the lab does it right, a print made directly from a slide (no inter-neg) will be way way better than anything you could achieve from printing a home-scanned slide burned onto a CD.

But you could do it that way - home scanning, and it doesn't work out too bad with small size prints. Either way, for submitting pictures here, you really need a dedicated film scanner, not a flatbed. Once you've got that, you can as has been said scan print from a scanned slide, or for that really special job take the slide to a lab and get it printed properly.

In answer to what slide film... There's only one - Kodachrome 64!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Andy


User currently offlineJoge From Finland, joined Feb 2000, 1444 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4752 times:

Andy,

Like with the negative scan, the printers attempt to make some kind of (color) corrections with the slides too, but not on file prints, if set so. For instance, the Agfa d.lab machines apply one kind of smart blur filter on the image before the print, if printing a slide. This is to reduce the amount of grain in the picture, but some of the prints look more like a painting!

My point is, that if you scan your slides by yourself, you can do all the crop, rotate, color correction and everything else you want.

-Joge



Bula!
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4739 times:

And the REAL photographers use black and white  Yeah sure

What kind of bs is that? Doesnt matter what you use, everyone is a REAL photographer when he takes a picture.. stop promoting b&w film.. there are new types of photography on the horizon, and just because you dont use any of those methods, doesnt mean that it isnt REAL photography...




Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineDerekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 905 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4734 times:

Sorry Wietse, my comment wasn't meant to be taken seriously - just in reply to a comment made in jest (I hope)

Derek



Whatever.......
User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

After trying out a few films I stick with Reala, and on occasions Superia 200.
As for slide Provia 100.
I can't wait to try out the Velvia 100, just have to finish the Superia 200 roll.

The Kodak 100GX slide is an interesting one, too. The 100VS came out with dull colours for me.




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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

Derek,

My comment was not aimed towards you. Offcourse film is still fine and modern etc.. but the thought that real photographers only use B&W film is just bs.. Smile

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
25 Crank : These days I use mostly Fuji Superia 100, and Sensia 100 when I shoot slides.
26 KC7MMI : Just kinda curious, has anyone had success with Agfa films? -Benjamin
27 Post contains images Airportugal : I use Fuji Reala. It produces excelent results for us who can't afford digital yet... (at least until November ) Luis G
28 Post contains images Karlok : Several weeks I had some films left of a wedding. And that was the Fuji NPH 400. Pretty nice film too.
29 Aussie : Tim, you should define that further mate ... Kodachrome 64 ... that's all my camera feeds on !!!! Cheers, Frank Schaefer
30 Post contains images Timdegroot : you should define that further mate ... ============================== Film implies K64 Tim
31 Aussie : Tim, these are the winning numbers ..... Cheers, Frank
32 Post contains images Ignat : I use Fuji Superia Reala 100. I think its the best film. All my this year photos were made by this film.
33 KC7MMI : Thanks Ignatiy. I got my Reala roll developed yesterday and was impressed with the results. The colors are great, the shadow areas are nice, and the g
34 Post contains images Rindt : So far, this post as I can see it is "really" only about 4 replies long. I've spoiled my camera rotten with Kodachrome 25 over the past year, but Koda
35 Post contains images KC7MMI : I'll make it a point to try K64 IF I ever decide to use slides...but for now I enjoy looking at nice 4x6 prints from quality print film.
36 Staffan : Well, the thread isn't about slide film, so I guess it's more than 4 replies long. I doubt you'll have much luck when shooting K25 indoors with artifi
37 Dispatch : K25 indoors?? No good, just needs too much flash. Just filled 16 rolls under the LAS and LAX sun, now THAT is what K25 is for. Peter
38 BO__einG : For prints I use Fuji Superia 100.. They are cheap. I got away from Reala cuz I found that its scans produced too many grain and noise. I hate that fi
39 Stratofish : I just can't resist to tell everyone here: DO NOT USE VELVIA 100F As much as I love the Velvia 50 I hate the 100F version. That film ruined most of my
40 KC7MMI : This is a similar similar reason as to why I stopped using Agfa Optima. Shaddow areas really looked crappy and grainy. -Benjamin
41 Post contains images Rindt : Peter, You got any more rolls of Kodachrome 25 available? -Rob
42 Post contains images KC7MMI : Ok guys...here are some samples of different films I have used... Fuji Reala Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 Agfa Optima 100 I think the Reala was the best so
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