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User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Hi

I am looking at using 50 speed film because of it's sharpness. It's the most popular film at the local camera shop. Should i use it?


USAir_757/PSM/MHT


-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

I found the Fuji Velvia 50 tough to use. The color and the sharpness were great, but it is very unforgiving. You can't be more than a half to a full stop off or the photo will not turn out. Also, the weather and lighting conditions have to be near perfect. Any clouds or haze and the film will not work for you...

Mark Abbott
Minneapolis, MN



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User currently offlineDsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Unless you have a fast lens (f2.8), anything under ISO 100 will probably be tough to use, unless you have VERY steady hands.  

I personally think Fuji Velvia would be a poor choice for aviation photography anyway. The film is highly saturated and exaggerates colors. Its a great film for nature photography, however.

Fuji Provia 100F would be my recommendation, it has extremely fine grain and neutral colors. It also has the convenience of E-6 processing.

If you plan on becoming a die-hard collector/trader, I would invest in a fast lens and start shooting Kodachrome 25/64.

It all depends on what you want to do.  

Aric Thalman - Omaha



To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home
User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3993 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

95% of my work is done on Velvia, and while it is a slow film, and requires attention as far as exposure is concerned, it is not as unforgiving as some may think, and do not always need great light.

Some examples:

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The first 2 shots are proof that you do not always need great light to effectivly make use of this film, the night shot was not Velvia, but a Tungsten balanced Ecktachrome with an 50 iso rating.

Of all of my submissions I have had only 3 rejections out of 321 images posted here. Give Velvia a try.

Thomas



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Heres what i said when i looked @ your photos:

"WOW!!!!!!!!!!!"

The 50 speed film i would be using is Agfa HDC 50. But i will give Velvia a try. And the lense i have on my pentax now is a FAAAST lens(f/2). And i dont need zoom with my new places to spot at MHT !!! The planes are just maybe 150 ft away from you, or less, flying right overhead for landing.


USAir_757/PSM/MHT
ps. I just turned in my roll of Fuji Superia Reala 100 with 36 shots of planes from the air show in, and yes i had to get a photo cd(STILL no scanner. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

Planes right overhead? Be careful - you might need much more exposure than you'd imagine, as your area of interest will be in deep shadow (i.e. the bottom of the aircraft) - as a rough guide, you'll need to allow +2 stops to what your meter suggests for a "general" shot in the prevailing light - in strong sunlight maybe more. 50 ASA may be a bit too slow if you want to use a sensible shutter.

Incidentally, I wouldn't bother with the Agfa 50 - its OK, but has rather distinctive characteristics. I like it for landscapes, but that's about it - not as sharp or as good colour as many other brands of 100ASA

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1123 times:

Thomas - What kind of scanner do you use? I am after the 3200C.


USAir_757/PSM/MHT



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3993 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Hi there, USAir! I use a Minolta Diamage Scan Dual film scanner, its alright, but nothing to write home about. I plan to purchase a newer Nikon Coolscan when I upgrade my MAC.

Over head shots are a little tricky, the sample below was shot using 'shutter priorty' mode. I rarely use any type of auto mode, but I wanted a sharp shot. So I took a reading of the ground (I did this to assure a well lit underside, I still do not trust camera meters, especially with tricky shots like this, to this day I still carry a hand held meter), set my shutter speed to 1/250th, and an apature @ f8 and fired away. The softness is the result of a so, so scan, I'll probably delete this and re-scan, and re-submit


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I used a 28mm 2.8 lens to get this shot. I wanted the approach light in the shot to give some perspective.



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

Hi

With my spots, the planes don't fly *directly* overhead. They are in front of you, about 150 ft away or less,(i should have said that) flying just above the ground for landing. Nice thing about the one near RWAY 35 is i can position my setup to the east or west of the runway, depending on the time of day(i.e. Morning/afternoon.). I will have the shots in about 2.5 weeks. I will most likely be getting the HP 3200C scanner today, if not today then tomorrow.


USAir_757/PSM/MHT



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineMilt From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

I agree with Thomasphoto60 that Fuji Velvia is not hard to use. His excellent pictures proof this as well. Though, it's true that the film requires correct exposure but will do very well under many weather conditions, as long as it's expose it correctly.

It's therefore better to use an handheld incident lightmeter than to rely on the camera's reflection metering. If you have a good lightmeter which has an accuracy of half a stop, than you can't do wrong with Velvia.

Scanning Velvia however is a separate issue. Most scanners have difficulties grabbing the deep colours of Velvia. Even my 12-bit Nikon LS-2000 doesn't reproduce the exact same thing as I see it with my eyes on the slide. Only very expensive drum scanners can cope well with Velvia.

USAir_757 mentioned Fuji Reala 100. I really love this film and it's my favorite negative film above anything else. For internet use, I believe it's even better than slide as the colour reproduction is much more natural than with slide.

Ciao!
Marco


User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

It's official. I will have an HP 3200C color scanner within 2 days. We just ordered it. FINALLY!!!  

I will probably shoot Fujy Velvia/Reala from now on.

USAir_757/PSM/MHT



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineTappan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1538 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

I work with heavy, very long lenses. I shoot more for content than technical perfection. 50 would be too "slow" for me. But, I am trying to get my technical stuff (color,less grain etc) a bit better. here in Boston this Summer has been very cloudy or "dull light" most of the time.
P.S Thomas, nice photos...Excellent.
Sincerely,
Mark G


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3993 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Mark, as a fellow photog, I really appericiate your comments on my work. I have been an admirer of your aviation photos for some time. Speaking of lenses, the biggest piece of glass that I have in my arsenal is a Canon 400mm 2.8 EF. I believe you posted some time ago that you use a 600mm 4.5 is that correct ?

Do you shoot for the 'Globe' ? I've freelanced for most of the wires at one time or another. Again thanks Mark, USAir, Milt for the comments on my work, its is always appreciated.

Thomas



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineTappan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1538 posts, RR: 41
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Thomas, I use a Canon 600mm F4 lens with a 2x teleconverter which makes a 1200mm F8 so that's why I use 400asa film. Sometimes I take out a Digital Camera and that (for some reason) makes the lens even longer (an 1800mm) I shoot for the Herald.
Mark


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3993 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Nice hunk of glass Mark ! I remember shooting with FD version of this lens (actually a 4.5) waaaaaaay back in the 80s.

I hope you don't mind but I checked out some your other work on the Hearld site, very nice!

Thomas



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineHenryjr From Canada, joined May 2000, 98 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Hello everybody!

Ok Ok Ok, you guys have influenced me. I bought a few Velvia 50 today and I will use them very soon in Dorval (YUL). My last pics on the site were shot using Fujifilm 400 and find them very grainy since the last very shot using 200 speed. I can't wait using the Velvia. I will let you know and show you how they turn out.

Take care all,

Henry Jr Godding




User currently offlineNikonman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

USAir, you do know that Velvia is an ASA 50 transparency film? (Slides)

I have used Velvia before. I like it, but I am a firm believer in Provia F. you can push/pull that film up to ASA 400, and STILL get fine grain!

For my lenses, i NEVER use ANYTHING over a 300mm (f/5.6). I don't need that much zoom if i'm close to the planes. A 400mm f/2.8 lens hasta be a mother f-ing pig to carry. I've seen lenses like that (i have my eyes set on a Nikon 600mm f/2.8 as a SFO lens) but that baby is the size of a bazooka (serious!) It also costs about as much as a tank.



User currently offlineDsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

I agree totally with Nikonman, Fuji Provia F is probably the finest grain film available. Under a loupe, Provia F is even finer-grained than Kodachrome 25. Its archiving capability is yet to be seen however, that is why Kodachrome 25/64 is the "industry standard", because of its longevity.

Here is a great site that has reviews on various slide film:

http://www.photozone.de

Aric Thalman - Omaha



To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home
User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Hi

Yes i knew that it is slides.

My dad probably took around 500 slides in total. He said that they are not hard to use at all.

I (finally) got a scanner. Next hurdle is a 70-210 lens.

USAir_757/PSM/MHT



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
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