I just bought some film...experiences, please

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  1. clarinetJWD

    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    I bought 2 of my old standards, Fuji NEOPAN 100 SS and 400, but I decided to go out on a lomb and try some new stuff too.

    Kodak Professional BW400CN, C-41 Process and Kodak T-Max 400.

    Being pretty popular films, I'm sure someone here has ahd experience with one or both of them... What are they like in terms of grain, contrast, etc. Thanks!
     
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    blackdoglab yeah I'm easy.... but I'm not cheap

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    I've used both of those films wqith good results. However, with the 400cn, watch for odd color casts. I've had negatives that have come out with a slight but pronounced magenta and some with a yellow cast.
     
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    TMAX is great, that's what I shoot with when I do B&W. I shoot TMAX 100 4x5, so you don't see any grain at all really unless you push it into oblivion.

    the C-41 B&W is WAY too contrasty even for me. I personally think it's junk.
     
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    I've not personally tried any of the C-41 B&W films, since I develop so cheaply at home and I've heard about the odd color casts, too. Tends to put me off.

    TMax 400 seems to always be available in my fridge. It's a great go-to film - load it, shoot it, easy to develop, great prints, pushable....what's not to like? :)

    Remember to try a couple different filters, Joe....at the very least a yellow, and if you are in a park or the country, that #25 red you have for the HIE will also kick up your skies with the TMax.
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys...I don't have anywhere or any know how on the developing, and I thought I'd give the C-41 film a go because it's really hard to find a good lab that doesn't charge you an arm and a leg.

    I plan to use that red filter a lot...give ol' Ansel a run for his money :lol:
     
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    I have used both Kodak and Ilford c-41 films and had success with both. I don't think that I would drop them off at a Wal-mart though.
     

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