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Slide And Negative Film:Way Too Risky.  
User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 17
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

Greetings all.

For all the years of shooting planes, I have always used print film because of their cheapness and flexibility.
Sometimes I would use slide film to see the difference in quality.
Today happened to be one of the darkest pissiest days of my life.
I just got back a completely destroyed roll of film.
What was worse was that this time, it was a roll of Kodachrome 64.
The entire film came out as a long strip of transparent material. Absolutely NOTHING is evident on the film as everything was burned away.

Cause: some Carless F*** put it through an E6 machine when it was supposed to be done in a Kodachrome machine.
I have had previous experiences when i had entire rolls or parts of a roll obliterated due to human ignorance but not anything ANYTHING like this.
I have been quiet and patient for way too long as these guys continously makes these errors.

Majority of my roll were side on taxi shots from 28-60mm. All were shot rampside as I was fortunate enough to get onto the ramp on this day..
Now it is all a waste.

With conventional types of film being more costly + the developing, plus the extreme risks associated with some people who handle these, I have now realized that digital is the only way for me to go to avoid these nightmares.
With thousands of works I see from you guys everyday, the Pros of it outdo the cons big time. I'm convinced. Digital seems to be a hell of a much safer medium. Now on, I TOO AM GOING DIGITAL.
My plans are to save up enough to buy a high end (C740UZ,COolpix5700,F717) or maybe a Super High end DSLR (D100 or 10D)and definetly shoot way less conventional neg/slide film. Like 1 or 2 rolls a month. I believe that digital has a good chance of saving me hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

A Very Pissed off Bo

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User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

When I shot slide, I used to take, say, 3 rolls from a day's shooting and send them off in three separate envelopes on consecutive days. Less chance of all getting lost/destroyed.

Yes, it was my worst fear.

No, it never happened to me.


User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 3002 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Wait till you get a chip crash, computer crash, or other such error and loose a whole chip worth of shooting. Maybe several hundred photos depending on the capacity of your chips. And this forum has had reports of microdrive problems as well.

Will it happen. Well lets just say that there are those who it has happened to, and those to who it will eventually happen.

Nothing is foolproof..... foolproof......foolproof......foolproof......foolproof.....

Drat...... keyboard stuck.....


[Edited 2003-06-28 02:15:53]

User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

I feel your pain Bo- this coming from another print/slide shooter who has gotten film (majority of my print film collection!!!!!!) damaged by ignorant bastards that are supposed to do quality processing... Man it just blows my mind even thinking about some of my film that is damaged :-(

Moving on- I have been using a new lab for print film 1500 miles away from the old lab (for the negative film) and so far results are great. Got some great ramp access shots of a WS 732 I'll have up next week hopefully.. Also I try to get any sunny day ramp access low zoom side shots on K64 knowing it will be nice (no scratches yet on my very limited 5-6 rolls I have shot ever either).

Oh well.. some day when i have enough dinero I too hope to go all out and splurge on a D100 or 10D or the like..


User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2923 times:

well a computer crash would be a little too serious, but then again I always or most of the time back up all my pictures. Because I am the only one doing work on the computer I can trust that I don't just screw around with it and use it the way its supposed to be used.

Serge:I feel your pain as well. lol, you can never trust people who handles your film. Its like giving some stranger your camera gear to borrow for a few days. Some will take good care of it, some will be idiots with no respect for property and break the lens.

The good thing is that I am getting some compensation. The photolab who sent my roll to the dispatcher lab who fuXored up my roll, they are ordering a couple rolls of K64 to give to me for free. Plus they said that I can have a 8x10 enlargements for free as well. I blame the dispatcher lab for this, not this lab for what happened so I appreciate their care for their customers.


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