PHOTOgraphic Film Review, January Issue

Discussion in 'Photography' started by me, Jan 18, 2005.

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    me Guest

    This months issue of Photographic Magazine contains a
    12 page review of over 100 35mm films. This is a must have for all film
    users. Enjoy!

    NOTE: I am not affiliated with the magazine. I did not post this for gain of
    any kind.
    me, Jan 18, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    I always like reading Petersen's film surveys, even though over the
    years they seem to leave out more and more films (eg my old, weird
    favorite Konica Impresa 50 was often overlooked..) and have become less
    and less truly critical - do all magazines eventually become slaves to
    their advertisers, I wonder?

    PS - yes, I do still use film (surprise!!), and where good posts are
    made, I will fully support them, no matter who is the author... (O;

    PPS - But, sadly, the actual article referred to is NOT yet on the
    website - only in the magazine. As soon as they put it on the web,
    perhaps someone might be so kind as to resurrect this.
    chrlz, Jan 19, 2005
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  3. Hundred films in just twelve pages? Thats approximately 1/0th of a page
    per film. Assuming they took some space for general photographs on
    these twelve pages, each film would've gotten even less than 1/10th.

    Wonder what the text says!! Sorry, just recuperating from subscriptions
    to two worthless ad-filled magazines ;-)

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 19, 2005
  4. Yes. - If you want in-depth coverage of anything, then stay away from the
    popular media. (TV and magazines especially) These vehicles are directed at
    8 year olds.
    William Graham, Jan 19, 2005
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    me Guest

    The article is a combination of text, photos and tables. Films are grouped
    by type and characteristics such as "Films for Action", "Films for People"
    or "Films for Nature" (etc). Other topics are covered such as push
    processing, image quality and how to select a film type (etc). There are
    also sample photos of some (but not all) film types.

    me, Jan 19, 2005
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    me Guest

    Thank your for your enlightened post Mr. Graham.
    me, Jan 19, 2005
  7. You're quite welcome Mr. me. (or do you go by Mr. Anonymous?)
    William Graham, Jan 19, 2005
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    RSD99 Guest

    CAREFUL there ... you are being very *insulting* to the average
    RSD99, Jan 19, 2005

  9. I'm afraid all the photo magazines are guilty of not paying enough
    attention to the Konica films. I've been using several for a number of years
    now, yet rarely see Konica films mentioned in the magazines to the same
    extent as Kodak or Fuji films. Agfa is another film brand mentioned less
    often. Having said that, Petersen's does a fairly good job of being
    inclusive in their annual film survey. I haven't seen the latest issue to
    see if your Impresa 50 is mentioned.

    Dwight Stewart, Jan 19, 2005
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    me Guest

    This months issue of Photographic Magazine contains a
    12 page review of over 100 35mm films. This is a must have for all film
    users. Enjoy!

    Thank your also for your enlightened post Mr. RSD99.
    me, Jan 19, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    What's the point? Film is dead! Get over it!
    Darrell, Jan 19, 2005
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    me Guest

    For those of us who buy and use film it is very much alive.
    me, Jan 19, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    I forgot to add a ;) to my response, however Ilford and Agfa probably won't
    survive much longer. Tetenol is making Ink Jet papers now. Kodak has been
    deleting film stock for a while now. Marketing decisions are made on sales
    volumes. I haven't sold a film camera since September, but I do sell digital
    cameras every day. I used film for 35 years, but I have to face the facts
    that film will become harder to obtain. Stores will decide not to stock film
    based on sales volume, and the use of the shelf space for more profitable
    goods. This is the reality. I predict that within 10 years most camera shops
    won't be selling film. This is sad, but it has happened before, Kodak
    dropped most of their great papers, fibre was replaced with RC. Labs dropped
    B&W, and farmed it out to a few contract labs. Lab printers have been
    replaced with hybrid machines that scan film, or accept digital media.
    Darrell, Jan 20, 2005
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    Ted Guest

    Is it any more informative (or accurate) than Pop Photo's annual film
    Ted, Jan 20, 2005
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    me Guest

    Is it any more informative (or accurate) than Pop Photo's annual film

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    Each has it's own advantages. Popular Photography's Annual Film Guide has a
    wealth of data arranged in tables and is intended for quick comparisons.
    Photographic Magazine's Annual Film Buyers Guide has more general
    information plus some specific film descriptions and abbreviated data for
    all films listed. I find both to be useful and interesting. Recommend you go
    to the news stand and see for yourself.
    me, Jan 20, 2005
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    grol Guest

    I like Agfa Ultra 100 film for some applications. The Konica consumer films I
    have used have been utterly horrible. The online reviews I read also thought
    that same.
    grol, Jan 20, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Agreed. But maybe not for reality!
    An awful lot depends on who develops and prints them. Konica film on
    Konica print paper - not bad. Konica film on Agfa papers - not bad.
    Konica film on most Fuji papers - not good. Konica film on Kodak paper
    - very good. Konica film in Fuji Frontier - very good. However a poor
    operator or bad 'channel' choice can easily wreck the last two as well.
    I used to do my own scanning and printing, and found the Konica films
    a litle grainy, but sharp and contrasty, with good colors (and easily
    balanced). They seem to be very well suited to daylight photography,
    and do some of the nicest blues around...

    Konica used to be the only manufacturer with a 3200 color film (and it
    was surprisingly good), but I think they may have even dropped their
    1600 now..

    Konica Impresa 50 is (was? - I'm not sure if it is still made) an
    incredibly fine-grained pro-level film, with slightly muted but very
    'clean' colors (I don't know how else to explain it), and incredible
    sharpness. It was very good with tanned complexions, not quite so good
    with pink ones. A great film for the tripod, and photographing
    'things'. Landscapes, cars, buildings, beach portraiture. Again, much
    better suited to Kodak developing than Fuji, and a dream to film scan,
    with Fuji Reala being the only film as good, IMO.
    And you will find just as many dissenting opinions. I've certainly had
    bad experiences with some films, but most often it is the little guy in
    the labcoat that is the real problem..
    chrlz, Jan 20, 2005
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    grol Guest

    If your friend asks you to photograph his car, Agfa Ultra 100 is the ticket.
    Like Velvia, don't shoot skin. :)
    For sure. It's an interesting factor. The lab I go to seem to favour exposure on
    the slightly over-exposed side. I guess it depends on what the lab guy thinks
    looks good. They manually correct each photo, as opposed to the overnight
    drugstore labs where everything is auto-correction and poorly exposed photos end
    up like that on the print. :)
    grol, Jan 20, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    If your friend asks you to photograph his car..

    Funny you should say that, because I know a couple of car show
    photographers/car fanatics who love Impresa 50 for exactly that
    purpose! And there's a thread here you might want to read - check out
    Scott Eaton's comments. Scott is fairly well known over there for
    his.. er.. `colorful` comments about films and processing. But he also
    seems to know his stuff pretty well, despite the `attitude`. (O;
    chrlz, Jan 20, 2005

  20. Well, I certainly didn't intent to get into a debate about Konica films,
    so I'll just say my experiences are different than either yours or the
    online reviewers.

    Dwight Stewart, Jan 20, 2005
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