What's so special with this film, if anything?

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  1. Axel

    Axel TPF Noob!

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    I am about to buy a few rolls of film and have looked at this one. It's about the double price from many others and I wonder if there is anything special with it that makes it so much more expensive... And does it require special developing?

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  2. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    I just bought some of that. It is process C-41, so no special developing...not sure yet how good it is exactly as I haven't had em developed yet. I'll let ya know soon! :)
     
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    And what is C-41?
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Um...it means you can get it developed anywhere...drugstores and stuff. It's the kind you can get developed in a 1-hr lab.
     
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    Thanks core_17!

    What I wonder too is what is the advantage with this film over others that are also ISO 100, but cheaper...
     
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    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    Well, I have no personal experience with this film, but it appears to be marketed to professionals, so perhaps less grain and better enlargements? I would say that if you aren't shooting professionally you wouldn't see much difference from regular film.

    From the website:
    KODAK PROFESSIONAL ULTRA COLOR films offer vibrant color saturation while maintaining exceptional skin tones, making them the ideal choice for a range of applications including fashion, advertising, editorial, travel, and nature. Featuring extremely fine grain, these films are the perfect choice for enlargements or for scanning negatives and integrating images into digital workflows. The ULTRA COLOR films are available in both 100 and 400-speeds to allow flexibility across lighting conditions.
     
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    Thanks! That is good to know. I may as well go with a cheaper film then...

    The only thing I don't like is that I find that all the good photo stores on the web are located in NY, where I live and that means tax! Is there any other good photo shop on the web that is NOT located in NY?

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    Sounds kinda like Fuji Reala.
    If it is it's worth the extra bucks.
    Tighter grain and the color saturation is AMAZING.

    You'll notice a big difference is your shooting the run of the mill wal-mart stuff now.
     
  9. ksmattfish

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    Supply and demand and marketing. They make and sell a whole lot more consumer films. They make less and sell less pro films. $5.19 a roll for pro film is cheap; I usually expect to pay $6+ for pro color films.
     
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    Brand "X"
    This is the standard manufacturer description of almost all color films: vibrant colors! great skin tones! fine grain! the perfect film for fashion, advertising, editorial, travel, nature, kid's b-day parties, sports, weddings, portraits, travel, vacations, porno, night photography, day photography, flash photography, digital photography, etc...

    Don't believe the hype. Shooting more cheap film will do more to improve your photography than shooting less expensive film. Sure I buy pro films, when someone else is paying for it. For my personal work I'm completely happy with $2 a roll Kodak or Fuji from Walmart. There are plenty of crappy films out there, but price is no way to judge. You have to do that with your eyeballs.
     
  11. Big Mike

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    When shooting color negative film, I would think that the person & machine doing the prints would be a bigger factor in how the prints look.

    I have read that it's a good idea to use a film that your lab is familiar with. If you buy a "professional" film and take it to wal-mart to get developed....your prints will probably look like everything else done there.
     
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    You can save yourself some money if you can force yourself to shoopt iso 400 by actually going to walmart. I bought 3 36 exposure rolls of Kodak UC 400 for less than $9. I have zero complaints.


    Good luck.
     

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