Best 35mm negative printing process?

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  1. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I was at the local gallery recently and they put an entirely new section up to celebrate the Simpson desert. The pictures looked fantastic and I noticed they specified FujiFilm Velvia as the film used. I'm wondering how they ended up with the giant poster sized prints.

    I know the best positive process and indeed the best quality from the 35mm format I've seen so far was done via the Ilfochrome process, and I have found a lab in Brisbane which can do this. But as far as I've figured out this is a positive only process. So what's the best printing method for poster sized prints from 35mm negatives?
     
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    Acceptable size in a print is really down to what happens when the circles of confusion are affected. In film this manifests itself as grain in the print.

    Velvia is a super duper low grain slide / positive film. At 50 ISO it's arguably the lowest grain 35mm colour film.

    Deserts are bright and usually there isn't a massive amount of contrast in the majority of the scene (unlike say autumn fall). Therefore it suits a low ISO film such as Velvia and you'll be able to make HUGE prints without seeing the grain, or perhaps the sand will disguise it!? In my opinon, the negative #2 place film to Velvia is Superia Reala 100, which if exposed properly, can be very very close indeed.

    You have to suck it and see. Go out and take a scene and expose it PERFECTLY. Then get it developed by a pro lab and printed up huge by them. If you're happy then that's fine. If you're not, it's time for medium format.

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Are you sure that the large prints were made from 35mm film? If I'm not mistaken, I think that Velvia comes in medium format...maybe even available in sheets for large format.
     
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    Yup. Velvia 50 is available up to 4x5 and Velvia 100 is available up to 8x10.
     
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    Yes I do know because they only use one med format camera a Pentax 67, and it was not the camera used on that trip. It was definitly 35mm.

    Wait I was under the impression that Velvia was also available in negative format? Maybe they did use the Ilfochrome lab then!
     
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    I don't know of any films that are like that. A positive and negative film are going to be so different from each other that they will have different names.
     

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