Is Fuji Reala 100 a good choice for floral macros?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Matt Clara, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    Reala may or may not be the best choice for this type of work--I've found it
    quite excellent for it, though I prefer slide film for color work, I've also
    shot many many rolls of Reala. I'd say, though, if your scanner won't play
    nice with Reala, and you insist on using your scanner, you'd be better off
    with another film.

    You might try VueScan, too. Different scanner software, pretty good, though
    not intuitive. It may or may not help with your situation. I think it has
    a demo option, so you might as well give it a try.
    http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 22, 2004
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  2. Matt Clara

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    Another thing I might add is that Fuji Reala is pretty high contrast--you
    may wish to try a color portrait film like Kodak Portra 160 VC (saturated
    color portrait film) or NC (neutral color portrait film).
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 22, 2004
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  3. I have been experimenting with Fuji Reala 100 negative film in my old
    Minolta XG-7 and scanning with an admittedly-cheaper HP-3970 flatbed
    scanner.

    This scanner has worked well with old and new Kodacolor negatives
    using the HP software's inversion. It has never "liked" Fuji as much,
    and seems to really "hate" Reala!

    The Reala negatives seem to run quite dark, as if they are slightly
    over-exposed when shot at ASA100. Is this a characteristic of the film
    or something to do with the older camera? Should I use a higher speed
    like 125?

    The color is strong to the point where it hides detail.

    The Fuji "orange mask" is somewhat different than Kodak's, for which
    the scanner is probably optimized. It causes scans to have a greenish
    cast. I have had the same problem with older Fuji as well. I would
    describe the Fuji mask as more of a "peach" color.

    The scanner is hindered by the denser image and brighter color in
    similar matter to difficulties presented by old Kodachrome 25 and 64
    slides.

    Again, I am aware that my scanner will have limitations, and hope to
    rectify the situation soon.

    Here is a link to a page of digital images very similar to what I
    attempted with Reala:

    http://www.richardsfault.com/images/homegrown/gallery.html

    Is Reala the best choice for this type of work?
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    richardsfault, Jul 22, 2004
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  4. Salutations Richard. The ultimate platform for floral macro
    photography is the Sigma SD10 with the Foveon sensor. This sensor is
    the only one to record images in 3 colour layers like film. The
    dynamic range/colour accuracy is better than any other digital camera
    or any film emulsion. Plus, Sigma offers the best macro lenses on the
    market.
     
    Georges Preddivous, Jul 22, 2004
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    Joseph Meehan, Jul 22, 2004
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  6. Matt Clara

    Bandicoot Guest

    I like Portra 160NC for this, though if you want really eye poppin' colour
    it may not be to your taste. Low contrast and very accurate colour, and
    it's very easy to scan.

    I don't like Portra 160VC as much, but it is equally easy to scan if you
    want the more saturated colours (not that NC looks 'unsaturated', it's just
    subtler). Don't know about scanning, but Agfa Ultra 100 is quite a fun film
    for really strong colour, though I don't always like its blues.
    I second that: I find VueScan very effective, once you've got the hang of
    it.



    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jul 22, 2004
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  7. Matt Clara

    Sabineellen Guest

    Is Reala the best choice for this type of work?
    Why not just use digital?

    I find it quite handy for Macro, Abstract, Animals and such topics for which
    film is an overkill.
     
    Sabineellen, Jul 22, 2004
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