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What Is Best Film For Spotting?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1620 posts, RR: 29
Posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

What is the best brand and ISO speed of film to use for planespotting? Please give me your advice on this.

Thanks!

SmithAir747


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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5987 times:

Are you talking about slides or prints ?

Will



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User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

..

About prints: not a clue..

About slides most of the photographers think Kodakchrome 64 is unbeatable but problems due to processing (in Europe only can be processed in Switzerland and that's a major big problem) makes another films to rise to the first place.
All the Kodak's 100 pro films are very good but my favorite is the Fuji Provia 100...superb film..

Enrique


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

For prints i would go with Fuji Superia 200, nice speed and good grain control. The prints have nice color and really look nice.

For slides, go with either Fuji Velvia 100 or Fuji Provia 100! Good films!

Chris



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User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5921 times:
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You've confused spotting with photographing - spotters have a logbook and binoculars or telescopes to get the tail numbers.


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1620 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5910 times:

Response to UTA_flyingHIGH:

Sorry I forgot to clarify which kind of film: I'm asking about print film.
I wanted to know which print film to use.

Thanks!
SmithAir747



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User currently offlineAndersNilsson From Sweden, joined May 2004, 416 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5903 times:

Fuji Superia 100 for summer and 400 for the rest of the year.
http://www.usefilm.com/film/461/Fuji_Superia__400.html

Anders

[Edited 2004-11-29 23:56:56]


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1620 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5893 times:

Response to AndersNilsson:

You recommeded Fuji Superia 100 for summer and 400 for the rest of the year.

How does Superia 400 handle grain?

Thanks for your recommendations!
SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineAndersNilsson From Sweden, joined May 2004, 416 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

SmithAir747,your welcome. No problem with the grain at ISO 400.
http://www.photographyreview.com/Print,Film/Fujifilm/PRD_83272_3120crx.aspx#reviews

Anders



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User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5816 times:

If you want the best print film you cannot beat Fuji Reala. It is a 100 ISO film with unmatched fineness of grain and sharpness. It also has good color when processed by a good lab. If you want slides Fuji Velvia 50 & 100 also work very well. There is also a new print film by Kodak called Ultra Color you can get it in either 100 or 400 ISO. It also has very good color and resolution. Don't fall for "Kodachrome 64 is the best" as it simply isn't true anymore. There are slide films (like those named above) that produce a finer grain photo with better color.
-Benjamin


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1620 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5805 times:

Response to AndersNilsson:

Today I went out and got a 3-pack of Fuji Superia Xtra 400; I'm going to try it out in my Nikon N65 next time I go to LHR or MAN for photos.

Anyone out there:
Where would there be a good quality lab (in London) for processing this film?

Please let me know!
Thanks!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5799 times:

fall for "Kodachrome 64 is the best" as it simply isn't true anymore

If you're a hardcore slide junkie, in my eyes it certainly is still true, very true.  Big grin Sure, there are films out there with finer grain but nothing beats the "resale" value of a perect Kody ramp slide, period. No question about it. Of course, if you're not into "it", then I'd recommend Fuji Provia 100F or any of the others suggested above. Heck, just go digital  Smile

Mike


User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

Does anybody have experience with iso200 slide films (Fuji or Kodak). I tried them both at iso400 but the result was a big dissappointment  Crying

A350



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User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

No, I'm not sure if there are very many 200 speed slide films. However, you can take a fine film like Velvia 100 and push it to 200.
-Benjamin


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5709 times:

Only 200 I've used is the Sensia 200, quality comparable to the 400 but lacking the speed of it.

Staffan


User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5685 times:

I only use Fuji

Fergul  Big thumbs up



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