SmithAir747
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What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:07 am

What is the best brand and ISO speed of film to use for planespotting? Please give me your advice on this.

Thanks!

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:08 am

Are you talking about slides or prints ?

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 2:07 am

..

About prints: not a clue..

About slides most of the photographers think Kodakchrome 64 is unbeatable but problems due to processing (in Europe only can be processed in Switzerland and that's a major big problem) makes another films to rise to the first place.
All the Kodak's 100 pro films are very good but my favorite is the Fuji Provia 100...superb film..

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 3:56 am

For prints i would go with Fuji Superia 200, nice speed and good grain control. The prints have nice color and really look nice.

For slides, go with either Fuji Velvia 100 or Fuji Provia 100! Good films!

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:35 am

You've confused spotting with photographing - spotters have a logbook and binoculars or telescopes to get the tail numbers.
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SmithAir747
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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:49 am

Response to UTA_flyingHIGH:

Sorry I forgot to clarify which kind of film: I'm asking about print film.
I wanted to know which print film to use.

Thanks!
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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:55 am

Fuji Superia 100 for summer and 400 for the rest of the year.
http://www.usefilm.com/film/461/Fuji_Superia__400.html

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:22 am

Response to AndersNilsson:

You recommeded Fuji Superia 100 for summer and 400 for the rest of the year.

How does Superia 400 handle grain?

Thanks for your recommendations!
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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:14 pm

SmithAir747,your welcome. No problem with the grain at ISO 400.
http://www.photographyreview.com/Print,Film/Fujifilm/PRD_83272_3120crx.aspx#reviews

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:19 am

If you want the best print film you cannot beat Fuji Reala. It is a 100 ISO film with unmatched fineness of grain and sharpness. It also has good color when processed by a good lab. If you want slides Fuji Velvia 50 & 100 also work very well. There is also a new print film by Kodak called Ultra Color you can get it in either 100 or 400 ISO. It also has very good color and resolution. Don't fall for "Kodachrome 64 is the best" as it simply isn't true anymore. There are slide films (like those named above) that produce a finer grain photo with better color.
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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:27 am

Response to AndersNilsson:

Today I went out and got a 3-pack of Fuji Superia Xtra 400; I'm going to try it out in my Nikon N65 next time I go to LHR or MAN for photos.

Anyone out there:
Where would there be a good quality lab (in London) for processing this film?

Please let me know!
Thanks!

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 3:36 am

fall for "Kodachrome 64 is the best" as it simply isn't true anymore

If you're a hardcore slide junkie, in my eyes it certainly is still true, very true.  Big grin Sure, there are films out there with finer grain but nothing beats the "resale" value of a perect Kody ramp slide, period. No question about it. Of course, if you're not into "it", then I'd recommend Fuji Provia 100F or any of the others suggested above. Heck, just go digital  Smile

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:55 am

Does anybody have experience with iso200 slide films (Fuji or Kodak). I tried them both at iso400 but the result was a big dissappointment  Crying

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:04 am

No, I'm not sure if there are very many 200 speed slide films. However, you can take a fine film like Velvia 100 and push it to 200.
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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:17 am

Only 200 I've used is the Sensia 200, quality comparable to the 400 but lacking the speed of it.

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RE: What Is Best Film For Spotting?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:48 pm

I only use Fuji

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