Kodak HD Film

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Carlos Moreno, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I just found out a new (I think it's new) Kodak film,
    the "High Definition" -- it's a color negative film,
    to be developed with C-41 process.

    What's the story with this film? Is it good? How
    does it compare to the standard Kodak film (say,
    Kodak MAX). How does it compare to Kodak Royal Gold?
    (I don't see Royal Gold in Kodak's web page, so I
    wonder if they discontinued that product and maybe
    the "High Definition" is the replacement?)

    In the specs, they talk about reciprocity, but then
    they basically don't talk about it :-( That is,
    they put a table of suggested filter and suggested
    exposure correction -- yeah, but some joke: the
    table lists everything from 1/10000th of a second
    to 10 seconds, and all the entries say "none" (i.e.,
    no filter suggested, no exposure adjustment suggested),
    and then, at 100 seconds, they simply put "Not
    recommended"... (what kind of joke is that? :-( )

    I'm interested in taking standard photography (at
    an amateur level, of course), but also extremely
    long exposure photography (for astrophotography,
    where we may be talking about exposure times in the
    range 5 minutes to as long as more than an hour).

    Any advice on this? I would like as much as
    possible to avoid Slide film (which I hear is
    what offers good reciprocity for long exposures);
    any color negative film that holds its speed at
    those long exposure times?

    For the record, I have a Nikon F80, with a couple of
    good AF lenses (tele-zoom f/4-5.6 70-300 ED, and an
    f/2.8 35-70mm)

    Thanks,

    Carlos
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    Carlos Moreno, Jan 11, 2004
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    Jud McCranie Guest

    I think it is better than MAX. HD replaces Gold. Some sources say
    that HD is an improvement of Gold, others say that it is Gold
    repackaged. I don't know which is correct.
     
    Jud McCranie, Jan 11, 2004
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  3. Carlos Moreno

    Rob Guest

    In message <> - Jud McCranie
    :>
    :>On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 12:20:53 -0500, Carlos Moreno
    :>
    :>>What's the story with this film? Is it good? How
    :>>does it compare to the standard Kodak film (say,
    :>>Kodak MAX). How does it compare to Kodak Royal Gold?
    :>
    :>I think it is better than MAX. HD replaces Gold. Some sources say
    :>that HD is an improvement of Gold, others say that it is Gold
    :>repackaged. I don't know which is correct.
    :>
    :>

    Hi
    Actually, HD is the North American replacement for the old Supra Professional
    line (which was MUCH better than Max or Gold). In North America it's sold in
    24exp rolls and referred to as "consumer film", in the rest of the world it's
    called Royal Supra Professional and sold in 36 exp rolls.

    The Kodak tech sheets are almost identical between Supra, Royal Supra & HD.

    Rob
     
    Rob, Jan 11, 2004
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  4. Carlos Moreno

    Jud McCranie Guest

    Thanks for the correction.
     
    Jud McCranie, Jan 12, 2004
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  5. Wow! Is it that good? I just got it (in Canada -- I'm
    assuming that with North America you're referring to the
    US and Canada?), and the price tag was not that expensive.
    In fact, it was less expensive than the Royal Gold (might
    be that this place where I got it from had particularly
    good prices, compared to other places where I've bought
    Royal Gold?)

    Anyway, I'm glad I got a pair. I can't wait to put them
    in the camera and go for a test drive! :)

    Thanks,

    Carlos
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    Carlos Moreno, Jan 12, 2004
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    Ryan Guest

    I just got back my first roll of it teh other day, and I must say I was
    impressed by the grain in it. Very similar to their Royal 200. Good stuff,
    I think I"ll go out and buy some more.
     
    Ryan, Jan 12, 2004
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