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propaganda32
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« on: September 24, 2005, 05:22:06 AM »
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Hi, use a Ricoh GR1S for my general shooting. Wanted to ask advice on what film (colour) I should use that would give me the best results when scanned(35 mm film scanner) I have heard of problems when scanning colour negative film, although the wide tolerance of exposure is good....also that colour transparency film can be a little too contrasty sometimes which doesnt help scanning.
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Barry Prager
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2005, 01:16:48 PM »
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As you know, photography is a series of trade offs, including scanning film.  I use a Nikon Coolscan 4000, a very capable scanner, and scan both neg and positive film.  I have got some really good results with pedestrian Kodak 100 and 200 Negative film, the old Supra films, and the new Kodak 200 and 400 HD High Definition negative film.  Less so with the new Kodak 100 UC negative film, which starts off way to warm.  While the range of negative film is a few stops better, not as contrasty, you don't have to be spot on with your metering, and there can be more shadow detail, I've gone back to slide film for several reasons.  You see what you get with slide film, and it does scan better.  I use digital ICE with the Nikon scanner or Noise Ninga 2 with Photoshop to reduce the grain, and both work better with slide film.  Both programs can be unkind to the Negative grain structure if you apply to much "juice."  You can see it in areas like the sky and clouds where it can get kind of splotchy when you sharpen your photo.  No such problem with slide film.  I use both Kodak and Fuji pro films and get very good results.  It's hard to beat Fuji Provia 100F and the new Velvia 100 films.  Very colorful, and very sharp!  I get my film unmounted, that way the  edges of the film are'nt cropped.  Have fun.
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