Lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3563 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 934 times:
I am thinking about starting to use slide film. Is the quality and sharpness that good? But what am i going to do in order to view them? Do i also need a projector and a projection screen. Also: Can i order prints from slide film? Is it worth to try?
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 54 Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 851 times:
putting aside all the other positive aspects of slides, keep in mind that unlike prints, you can sell/auction them to collectors (like me and many others) for a very very nice premium- a slide in Miami last month went for $55 at auction. Try that with a print (aint gonna happen). I've been telling people this for years but alot of folks think i'm wasting my breath.
Bodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 842 times:
A slide projector and a projection screen isn't the most convenient or most analytical way to view slides. Get a lightbox designed for viewing slides and a decent quality loupe (fancy name for magnifying lens) 4x is good for overall slide viewing and 8x is good for checking sharpness and detail. Although it's not perfect an 8x AGFA loupe cost me about $8 Canadian and does a decent job. I'd suggest getting an inexpensive one like that first so that you get used to using it and then if you feel the need you will have a better idea what to look for when shopping for a higher quality one.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 839 times:
Yes, slides do have excelent quality. However they are a bit tricky to shoot. You need to be experienced and have a good camera with good exposure meterings. If you are new to photography, I'd stick with prints for now. If you've been shooting prints for quite some time, and most of your shots are turning out great. Move on to slides.
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Skyliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 204 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 825 times:
Lots of good advice in these posts; Mike's sums it up pretty well. Re the collectible value, while there's no disputing the worth of older/rare material, it's always a little dangerous to extrapolate trends into the future on a "straight-line" basis (not that many of us don't do this at work, however!) Price comes from demand, and as fewer people (likely) shoot and collect slides, there won't be as many people searching for them. Also, unlike the 50s/60s/70s, there are lots of people shooting in more recent times, and in many cases, lots of slides out there. Many people will be happy to simply view aircraft on sites like airliners.net; this option didn't used to exist, so that if you wanted to be able to see a particular subject when you needed, such as for reference. you had to have your own copy, and slides are a reasonable way to accomplish this. After 30-plus years of slides, mostly Kodachrome, with a recent switch to Provia (just got the new 400F to try out!) it's sad in some ways to see slides going out of favor, but likely inevitable (although black and white still has its adherents, and there will be some shooting slides as long as the medium is available). Still, at the moment, it's probably the best way to get a high-quality original, positive image, and they're relatively easy to store and retrieve. Good quality/rare ones will continue to have value for a long time to come, but this will become less and less relevant to the average airliner photographer.
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 54 Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 823 times:
I go to most of the slide conventions- in miami, in frankfurt, in newark, the national shows- and there are a good number of hard core slide guys such as myself who will always shoot kodachrome as long as its available and will always place a high value on the older rarer slides. And although you are right about there being alot more guys shooting today, still only a few actually shoot pinpoint perfect ramp shots that are sought by serious collectors- to shoot a perfect full frame ramp shot with the right light, angle, foreground, etc etc is more challenging for me than an action shot i take on the side of a runway- and you know i shoot about 600-700 rolls a year. The new digital stuff, airliners.net, websites, the net etc etc are all just complimentary to the slides for me, they will never overtake the slides unless kodak and the other manufacturers dont produce them anymore which i dont think will happen in my lifetime.