The beauty of projected slides.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by DM, Feb 19, 2004.

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    DM Guest

    After a year of not having done any real shooting with slide film,
    I picked up a couple of rolls of Provia 400F and my trusty EOS kit
    and went on a street photog trip last weekend. Got back my slides
    yesterday and did a slide show at home. Though I've done this a
    zillion times earlier, it's still like a revelation. Having buried
    myself in print film and prints over the past year, the crispness,
    colors and vibrance of a projected slide was like a new wonder to
    look at.

    Personally, there's nothing that comes close to the beauty of a
    well composed, well exposed slide projected on a large screen.
    When I scan my film and look at the digital images on the comp
    screen, there's no emotive response or feeling. I immediately
    start thinking in terms of exposure, color correction, etc. Just
    another bunch of pixels. Slide film rulez!

    * off to pick up another couple of rolls and shoot * ciao!
    DM, Feb 19, 2004
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  2. The only thing that bothers me, is that the brightness of the projected
    images leaves something to be desired....I am trying to make a box that
    reflects them back from my projector onto a sheet of ground glass. - They
    will be smaller, (perhaps computer screen size) but brighter. The other
    alternative is to get stronger (higher wattage) projector lamps, but I am
    afraid I will smoke the slides if I pursue this route too far. The best
    images I have seen to date are from a hand-held individual viewer, but this
    reduces the viewing experience to a pretty lonesome activity.....
    William Graham, Feb 19, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    There is nothing like the bother of darkening the room, setting up the
    screen and getting everything aligned. I've stopped having slides mounted
    when I realised it had been ten years since my projector bulb burnt out, and
    I still had not gotten around to buying another.
    Tony Spadaro, Feb 19, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    There are several different types of projector screens, some of which are
    better for viewing at any angle, but are dimmer, and some that are only good
    in a more or less straight line from projector to screen, and they are
    brighter if you are in that line.
    Matt Clara, Feb 19, 2004
  5. Welcome home. I certainly enjoy seeing projected slides, and when I
    show them to friends and acquaintances, people sometimes comment
    on the fact that seeing slides together makes for a better experience
    than passing around prints with people's comments on a picture
    totally out of sync with what everyone else is seeing.

    Like using a fully manual camera, if I am going to show slides, I need
    to think about what I'll show and in what order. This _may_ make a
    better presentation than handing out a shoebox of prints. Or maybe
    not. Who can tell?

    Phil Stripling, Feb 19, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Concur wholeheartedly. For many years, driven by "familly" photography
    I had been shooting 20 rolls of print per roll of slides.

    A few years ago I begain shooting slide again, and I'm delighted.

    Scans nice too.

    Still shoot print film for some uses...mainly where sales are involved.

    Alan Browne, Feb 19, 2004
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    ThomasH Guest

    Do not increase the wattage of the lamp in your projector!
    One of the important quality parameters of a projector is
    the temperature to which slide will be heated! There are IR
    filters placed in every projector between the light source
    and the slide.

    Home projectors stop usually at 250W, many use 150W halogen. has a nice article about slide projection.
    (find it via Equipment|35mm Amateur Slide Projection.)

    ThomasH, Feb 19, 2004
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