Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 12:28 pm

Im gonna get a rare oppurtunity to take some photos inside the fence this weekend. However, I am not sure what film to choose. Since I dont have access to a slide scanner I am forced to scan prints. This leaves me in a bit of a dilemma. Do you guys recomend a slide film or regular print film for making prints? I would also appreciate any 100-speed film recomandations.

P.S I will be using a 50mm lens.
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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 12:42 pm

If it's such a rare opportunity, why wouldn't you select slide film to get the best quality and longevity? Just because you can't scan them? So what! You're willing to go with print film just because of that?

Twenty years from now, which are you going to be the most upset about: You couldn't scan a slide to put it on the internet in the year 2001 or your print negatives have degraded to the point where they are useless?

Seems like a no brainer to me if it's rare opportunity your're speaking of.

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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 12:51 pm

I should have made the question clearer. I have never used a slide film. Is it possible to make regular prints from slide film at the developers?
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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 1:20 pm

Thats a loaded question. Waaayyyy back in the 70s, 80s ect the only way to get high quality prints from slides was to have Cibrachrome prints made from said slides. This was an expensive procedure done mainly by pro labs, at the time a C print would set you back some $17-$20 for an 8x10. Frankly, I am not certain if Cibrachrome prints are still made nowadays.

With today's imaging programs, high quality film/slide scanners and photo printers (and practice..practice..practice..), it is now rather easy to get faithful photo reproductions from an ink jet printer. Some may scoff at the idea of printing high end photos from an ink jet, but when top flite advertising/commercial pros like Jay Meisel, Jay Albend are using ink jets (namely Epson's 1270/1280) for their portfolios, then that says volumes about the quality of these printers.

Of course you will need a slide scanner, so this may be a moot point. But it is something to think about if you should decide a slide scanner one day. I agree with Mark, slides are the way to go.

Good luck on your airside shoot.

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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 1:30 pm

If you don't want to invest in a slides scanner and quality inkjet, you can get good quality prints from slides from The Slide Printer in Denver. Cost is reasonable and I've never had a complaint about the prints.

But as Thomas mentioned, ink jets are very good these days. Ever since I purchased mine I haven't used the services of The Slide Printer for any 8x10's prints or smaller.

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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 4:06 pm

I once was forced to make prints from slides. I had a slide film in my camera (because I was supposed to take some pictures on slides for university), but all my aviation collection is prints. So I came to the airport and found this one:

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I took slides of it and later made prints from these slides to put them into my collection.
You can order prints from slides in normal photo labs. It doesn't cost that much more. The quality is OK (please note: I'm not saying amazing  Big grin ). It was OK for my collection, but I doubt it would make it on But that does not necessarily have to be the fault of the slide-to-print action. It could also be that I chose a rather cheap slide film, that the weather was not the best or that I was surprised by the plane taking off on the shortest runway available and I couldn't get in a good position.
So the answer is: Yes, you can make prints from slides, and they have a fairly good quality.

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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 4:23 pm

So what it comes down to is if Im scanning prints anyway, I might as well go with print film....right?. Im not really concerned with the exposed film lasting 20 years anyway.
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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 4:57 pm

Use a film you know well. I would never use a new type of film (not even an unknown printfilm (I always use print)) on an important event.
Each type of film (not only brand, different films by the same brand as well) is different, requires different techniques to bring out the best in it. The differences between print and slide are even greater.
When switching to a different film, always shoot a few rolls as a test to find out its parameters (exposure, colour balance, etc.) before taking it somewhere where you need to get the best results in a limited time.
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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 5:06 pm

Like others have said, Slides should last longer, and are easier to store in close-to-ideal conditions. But if that's not your worry, and you don't have a slide scanner...

I would use Fuji Reala 100. It's a very fine grain film with rich colors. It's basically a negative version of Provia slide film.

If you like your colors a little more muted, Kodak Royal 100 is also good, fine grain (not quite as fine as Reala I think).

Both of these films can be blown up to poster size if you want.

Under no conditions should you go up to 200 ASA or higher. You will loose contrast and color performance as well as increased grain.


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RE: Prints Made From Slides.

Thu May 17, 2001 5:30 pm

I would go along with the lines of sticking with what you know - an important shoot is NOT the time to experiment! However, if you have time, you might want to bring along a roll of slide film, and reshoot subjects you've already captured on neg. This will give you a good opportunity to compare results.


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