Suggestions for film?

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by Dylan, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Dylan

    Dylan TPF Noob!

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    I have an Eos Elan 7e and I'd like to get some input on the different kinds of film available. As we get into spring I'll be shooting a lot of flowers and wildlife. I have been using the standard ISO 400 Fuji film however I want my flowers to pop. I've heard Fuji Velvia is really good for this sort of thing however my local lab does not do slides. Does anyone have a recomendations?
     
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    Find another lab that does E-6. Velvia is definitely what you want for that. Personally, I don't like Velvia overall but there is no doubt that it does saturated colours like nothing else. Generally I think you'll do better colour-wise with slide film, but others may disagree. I'm a big fan of Kodak film - Kodachrome, Ektachrome and the E-100 series (although they are quite different from one another).

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    E100 or velvia is what you want.
     
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    You can try Kodak's 100UC (or 400UC), or Portra 160 VC (or 400 VC). These are Kodak's high-saturation color negative films, with pretty fine grain. Or, if you want to use slide film (a good idea), you can always mail it off. Kodak used to make a color transparency processing kit; I'm not sure if it's still available.
     
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    Get fujichrome and get a mailer. You gotta have slide films for great color. It really doesn't compare.
     
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    I see you can still get Kodachrome 64 and 200, and Kodak notes on their website (12/06) that Dwayne's is still processing it.

    Dwayne's Photo Service
    415 S. 32nd Street
    Parsons, KS 67357
    US
    (620) 421-3940
    Toll Free: 1-800-522-3940
    Fax: (620) 421-3174
     
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    FWIW I just got a few rolls (of Kodachrome) back from Dwayne's about a month ago. I was very happy with the results, turnaround time was very quick at about five calendar days from dropping them in the mailbox to returned on my doorstep. Processing one roll is a little rough with the $5 minimum shipping charge (they ship priority only), but 5 rolls was just $6 shipping and overall it was quite inexpensive.

    So I'm still happily buying Kodachrome.

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    Dwaynes looks pretty good. I noticed that they also do B&W film as well. I recently got a Sigma 20mm prime so I'm anxious to try some architecture shots in B&W. Thanks very much for all of the input.
     
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    Kodachrome is indeed a wonderful film, but it's best known for its bright but natural color reproduction.

    If you really need colors to pop, I'd go Provia 100. The colors are almost as snappy as Velvia but the contrast isn't as finicky.
     

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