Best multi-purpose film

Discussion in 'Photography' started by kombi45, May 28, 2005.

  1. kombi45

    kombi45 Guest

    Speed, brand, range. For shots in daylight conditions, dusk and some
    night photography. Also, how does stepping down ISO's from, say, 800
    to 100 effect the shots?
    kombi45, May 28, 2005
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  2. daylight conditions clearer and less grain.

    For dusk and night conditions, if you use a tripod and there is no movement
    in the shot, such as people, cars or wind movement in the trees, then only
    the grain size and exposure time will change.

    Perrian Robertson, May 29, 2005
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  3. I only use Fuji colour negative film so that's all I can fairly comment on.
    I would suggest their NPZ (800 ISO) or NPH (400 ISO) and I always overexpose
    by about 1/2 stop to increase the colour saturation.

    Fuji Velvia slide film (50 ISO, replaced by a new 100 ISO film) gives
    fantastic colour saturation in daytime conditions, and when used at dawn or
    dusk the reciprocity failure (due to long exposure times) produces beautiful
    colour shifts suited to landscapes!

    If you're going from one extreme to the other i.e. daylight to night
    photography, have you thought about rewinding your film halfway through
    usage? This is easy for me as I have a Nikon FM which is fully manual so I
    can cease rewinding before the end of the film is fully retracted inside the
    cassette. It's a case of advancing the film the said number of frames
    already used (plus a couple extra for safety!) with the lens cap on at a
    fast shutter speed, in a darkened area to carry on using the film again.

    Best regards,

    Craig Marston, May 29, 2005
  4. kombi45

    kombi45 Guest

    Are there any repercussions tp slowing film down? I know the
    ramifications of speeding up include increased grain. Although, the
    other day I was shooting some 100 speed and it got really dark out
    really quick, so I sped it up to 1000 and at 4x6 it was virtually
    unnoticeable. I'm sure this would be different if it were a larger
    print, but for snapshot purposes it made almost no difference.


    kombi45, May 29, 2005
  5. Different films will have slightly different behaviours. I think the best
    thing you can do is to put "pull process" film into Google.
    Ah, but that would affect the entire film...
    Are you wanting to have your cake and eat it? So that you can use the same
    film for bright stuff and dark stuff...? Colour negative film is VERY
    tolerant to being buggered about with exposure-wise (2½ stops either way* I
    believe) but it sounds like you really need a digital camera. And no I'm not
    being facetious, it's a convenience thing - change the ISO sensitivity at
    the press/flick/turn of a button/switch/dial.

    *This means you would be able to "get away with" using a 400ISO film between
    100 and 1600, but don't expect the images to be put on a calendar!

    Best regards,

    Craig Marston, May 29, 2005
  6. kombi45

    kombi45 Guest

    I didn't take your comment as sarcasm at all. FWIW, I am in the
    evaluatin stages on that as we type. Which brings me to a question I
    was wondering about - in terms of digi cams and ISO, can you both
    manually set it and have what is tantamount to apperture/shutter
    priorities? Meaning the camera, when in the "ISO automatic" mode (if
    it exists) determines the correct "speed" exposure?


    kombi45, May 29, 2005
  7. kombi45

    kombi45 Guest

    If it helps, I am leaning heavily towards the N80...
    kombi45, May 29, 2005
  8. kombi45

    Guest Guest

    Lowering the actual film speed and under developing reduces contrast, which
    can be useful if you have taken pictures in a high contract situation. You
    can't change the speed mid roll, it has to be the whole film.
    Guest, May 29, 2005
  9. kombi45

    Richard H. Guest

    Wow. In effect, what you did was underexpose by 3+ full stops, and the
    print processor automatically overexposed the print to compensate.
    (Changing the ISO just adjusts the meter.) I'm surprised it wasn't
    muddy looking (lack of contrast).

    You can also ask the processor to "push" or "pull" the process to
    over/under develop the negatives, but this affects the entire roll.

    As comparison, digital lets you change the ISO frame-by-frame without
    requiring special processing on the back-end. Potentially, letting you
    set the shutter speed and aperture manually, and auto-adjusting the ISO
    for proper exposure. Pretty powerful, really.

    Richard H., May 30, 2005
  10. kombi45

    Richard H. Guest

    Yes. This is likely to vary by camera. So, there are 3 exposure
    variables that can be set to automatic or manual - shutter speed,
    aperture, sensitivity (ISO).

    Huh?? :)

    Richard H., May 30, 2005
  11. kombi45

    kombi45 Guest

    LOL! I am leaning so much towards the N80 that I have had it for ten
    years. I meant to say I am looking at the D70!

    kombi45, May 30, 2005
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