best fine grain col neg for scanning ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by fgphotog, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. fgphotog

    fgphotog Guest

    I'm sure this is a well discussed question, but my search of google groups
    doesn't turn up the answer.

    What is the best fine grain 35mm col negative film for scanning

    I want to use col neg instead of my usual 100 asa col transparency because:
    1. I'm financially pinched and cant afford the transparency and the process
    cost
    2. I am looking for a lower contrast image as I'll be shooting in some harsh
    light

    thank you.
     
    fgphotog, Jul 28, 2003
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Fuji Reala has a very large dynamic range, but its not particularly
    inexpensive.

    I'd recommend that you cross-post your question to rec.photo.digital, and/or
    comp.periphs.scanners as well.

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    Mike Russell, Jul 28, 2003
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    Mike Russell Guest

    OK - you're off the hook. You don't have to use Reala. :)

    Can you provide any specific info or example images?

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    Mike Russell, Jul 28, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Film choice is personal, of course, but personally <g> I don't think
    you'll find anything better than Kodak Portra in either NC or VC
    incarnations. But make sure you take it to a Kodak lab.
     
    Hecate, Jul 28, 2003
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    mono Guest

    I'm assuming you're planning landscape or at least outdoor shots in
    view of the harsh light. You'll be looking for films suited to this
    rather than, say, studio work.
    I would have recommended Kodak Supra (100 ASA) prior to Kodak ceasing
    to make it. This leaves me interested in the answers you'll get as I'm
    now looking for a replacement for Supra, having finished my last roll.
    I'm trying Agfa Optima (also 100ASA) I haven't got to a stage of
    recommending or otherwise (just one roll back from processing so far,
    seems to have fine grain but I'm not so sure about the colours, it was
    however shot under trying conditions...my camera gear went for an
    unscheduled swim and that despite Agfa not recommending a pre-soak!)
    but it could be one for you to consider.
    Supra seems to have sort of made way for Royal Supra but the lowest
    ASA is 200, who knows, the grain may be as fine as plain old Supra
    was. Add Royal Supra to your shortlist. Supra was, and Royal Supra is,
    touted as being scanner friendly. This points to other variables such
    as your scanner quality and the processing quality for your negs, I'd
    suggest your financially pinched situation shouldn't discourage you
    from getting your film processed by a reliable lab. You can only have
    it developed once, you can scan it till the cows come home, if needed,
    till you get it right.
    Your decision might be determined by knowing which 100ASA slide film
    you're currently using so that you can choose a neg film that will
    give you a similar look.

    HTH

    Brian (the other one)
     
    mono, Jul 29, 2003
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