Is FujiFilm as good as, say, Kodachrome?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by CanonAE14fun, Feb 13, 2008.

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    Michael Guest

    I remember Kodachrome II and its predecessor which was Kodachrome ASA
    10. I don't remember it when it was 8.
    Michael, Feb 16, 2008
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    Michael Guest

    Thanks for the flickr link. Those images are priceless.
    Michael, Feb 16, 2008
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  3. When Kodak dropped Panatomix-X in 120, Ilford started making Pan-F in 120.
    I've been using Pan-F in both 35 and 120 formats ever since and stopped
    using Kodak. In my not so humble opinion, I thing Pan-F is superior,
    especially when developed in Perceptol.

    Gene Pallat

    Orion Data Systems
    Orion Forensics
    Eugene A. Pallat, Feb 16, 2008
  4. The local Natural history museum uses photographic prints to show volcanoes
    and earthquakes to the public. One of the 30x40 prints was from Kodachrome.
    You can see the difference even from 30 feet away.

    Gene Pallat

    Orion Data Systems
    Orion Forensics
    Eugene A. Pallat, Feb 16, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    According to the history I found, it was originally introduced as ASA 8.
    I think it might have gotten a boost to ASA 10 and even ASA 12. I
    believe the original Kodachrome was a K-11 process, Kodachrome II was
    K-12 and the current Kodachrome is K-14.

    As far as personal memory, I barely remember Kodachrome II from the
    advertising when I was a child. Kodak had already introduced the current
    version of Kodachrome before I got really serious about photography the
    first time, and at that I was shooting Tri-X, since the darkroom I had
    access to didn't have facilities for color.
    Pudentame, Feb 17, 2008
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    Michael Guest

    I know it was at one time ASA 10 because that's what it was in 1956
    when I first used it. Something in my memory tells me the movie version
    may have been ASA 12 but I'm not certain. I iknow the 35mm version
    never went to 12. It went directly from Kodachrome (ASA 10) to
    Kodachrome II (ASA 25).
    Michael, Feb 17, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    No, it's not. But given that Kodachrome is essentially
    gone and Kodak doesn't give a shit about film, you're
    much better off sticking with a company that continues to
    support, develop and improve film: Fuji.
    Noons, Feb 18, 2008
  8. Or even better IMHO is to set up a small darkroom by getting your equipment
    from people giving it away or charging very little, learn to master
    black and white photography and stick with Ilford. Fuji also has good
    black and white materials, it's just that Ilford is specializing on it.

    You can develop Fuji black and white film with Ilford chemicals and
    print it on Ilford paper, so you do have a choice.

    You could also go part way, you can develop film on your kitchen table
    in full light. If you can darken a room, you can make contact prints
    with a frame and three trays. Once you see the pictures you like on
    the contact prints, you can send them out for printing with exposure and
    cropping instructions.

    You could also at that point scan the negatives and make digital prints
    from them. Black and white digital prints are more difficult, because
    your brain automaticaly color corrects what you see, color hides a lot
    of printing problems.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Feb 18, 2008
  9. No one seems to know for sure. Check Appendix A of

    ASA ratings are given for all emulsion variants EXCEPT the very first
    35mm version. Part of the confusion may be because the ASA scale
    wasn't that commonly used until after World War II.
    Almost right, but contrary to popular belief, the original Kodachrome
    was not K-11. K-11 was introduced in the 1950s.
    Fredrik Sandstrom, Feb 18, 2008
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