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What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Tue Jan 23, 2001 8:48 am

I have Pentax ZX-7 with a 28-80MM and 80-320MM lens. What is a good affordable film I should use? How much? I am considering the Fuji Reala 100. What do you recommend? Can you show me some of the photos taken by this film?

Thank you

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Tue Jan 23, 2001 9:02 am

I just use Kodak Gold 100 (Royal Gold 100 when I have the money). I want to experiment with speeds less than 100 though.
 
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Tue Jan 23, 2001 9:42 am

My photos in a.net are all on Royal Gold and Fuji Reala. The fastest was 200 Royal Gold.

Check my user info for a link to them.


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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Tue Jan 23, 2001 9:42 am

The cheapest film of quality I've found out there is Fuji SuperHQ 100. Although definately not the best, for a tight budget, it will be more than satisfactory.
 
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Wed Jan 24, 2001 8:45 am

C'mon guys! You've gotta use film! Lets get some more replys!
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Wed Jan 24, 2001 4:43 pm

I have used Kodak Gold and Max, plus a "generic-brand" film (made by imation I think - that's what it said on the negative strip).

I have used 200, 400, and experimented with 800 speed.
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Wed Jan 24, 2001 6:07 pm

I've used Reala and like it very much - nearly all my shots from the Farnborough Air Show last year were shot on Reala and worked well despite the lousy weather. If you search for

colin k work farnborough 2000

in the keyword field you can see them.

I also use Fuji slide film - 100ASA is great, 200 ASA is rubbish. Fuji Superior 200 & 400 I find acceptable if extra speed is required.

Cheers.

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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Wed Jan 24, 2001 11:33 pm

Fuji Provia 100F, all the way. The finest slide film there is, without question.

For iffy weather, I've been experimenting with Provia 400F, which just came out a month or two ago. I've had some good results so far, but am trying to put together a more comprehensive set of results.

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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 3:38 am

If it is sunny I use Realla 100 for print: Kodachrome 64 or Provia 100F for slide. If I need faster film I go with Royal Gold 200 and I push Provia 100F one stop for when I shoot with slides.

Hope this helps.

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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 6:25 am

Kodachrome KR64 rules, it's the only one!!!

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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Thu Jan 25, 2001 6:37 am

Thanks for all the replys!
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 4:59 am

My preference is to shoot color slides when conditions allow. Kodachrome 64 is my favorite. I have used Fuji Velvia (ISO 50) with good results, though I agree with those who have reviewed this film stated its true speed seems to be about ISO 40. I have also used fair quantities of Kodak Elite 100, and Elite 200 (when pressed for speed). My results with these two have been spotty-some shots good, some shots not so good. I haven't figured out the reason for this yet. Kodachrome 200 seems to be a disaster (very grainy, reds appear violet if sun is present), and I advise staying away from it. I have had great results with one of the Fujichromes in ISO 100, though I can't recall which one it was. We are advised repeatedly in this forum that Provia 100 is the best, but I haven't tried it yet.

When using color print film, I prefer Kodak Gold 100. I don't know the difference between this and Royal Gold 100, though some folks here have a preference for the latter. Gold 200 seems to work well for me also. I don't usually shoot above ISO 200, but I have used a lot of Kodak MAX 800 in an industrial setting. I worked surprisingly well, and I was able to get many custom
8X19" prints from it that held together nicely. However, I used a roll of this stuff to shoot migrating geese and it was terrible. It was so grainy the sky looked like sandpaper.

In black and white I don't think you can do much better than the Iford Delta series. The ISO 100 is probably the best general use B&W film on the market. I had been a strong user of Kodak's T-MAX 100 and 400. It represented a big improvement grain-wise over previous B&W films. Still, I like the Ilford more. My use of B&W is declining. After all, I can make a B&W image from a color one with the click of the mouse. It is still possible to find Kodak Tri-X at many locations. This was the most popular film in the world in the 1960s. I always thought it did not privide me with good aircraft images due to grain. I think it was good in other settings, and was used by newspaper photographers a lot. But there is a huge difference in trying to get a fine B&W 8X10 print and looking at the same image on newsprint. There is also a big difference in looking at a fine print, and viewing it on the monitor. Something you may need to consider if you are going to use the image for purposes other than website viewing.

Hope this helps
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 5:43 am

I have found my preference and shoot exclusively

Kodak Elite Chrome 100.

For me the results are excellent. Just look up my pictures and then you see what I am talking about.

I also tried KR64 and did not like the film, same with Fuji Sensia II 100, but that is just me.

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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 6:36 am

Thanks for the replys.
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RE: What Film Should I Use For Aviation Photography?

Fri Jan 26, 2001 12:39 pm

Vasco: Try Provia...you'll never look back...

Also go get Vuescan(if you dont already have it) from www.hamrick.com.

That combination will get your photos looking the best possible.

If only Vuescan worked with a PF1800!



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