What's the dffierence between ISO and ASA Fim?

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  1. ted_smith

    ted_smith TPF Noob!

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    Hello again

    Seeing as I've had such blazing success by posting questions here, I'm gonna try my luck again!

    I'm confused by the ASA\ISO rating. I always buy 'Manufacturer, ISO 100', or 200, 300, whatever. However, over at 7dayshjop.com all the Fuji film (not every item, but most, especially the 100, 200 speeds) are 'ASA' film.

    I've got myself confused by all the explnations on the net. Some people say 'they are the same (http://www.photographers.co.uk/html/photographers-forum-1.cfm?ForumNumber=395&Title=ASA/ISO%20film%20speed) but I think they mean the speed ratings are the same, not that you can use ASA film as ISO film? Is that wrong?

    In other words, my question is if I want to use 'standard' 35mm print film (not slide film) that I can send of to the developers and receive back as little 6x4 prints that I can put in my photo album, does it make any difference if I buy ASA film?

    Thanks

    Ted
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't think there is any difference. The numbers are very much the same, only the abbreviations/anagrammes are different. Maybe the organisation has changed?

    ASA stands for American Standardisation Association
    ISO stands for International (? :oops:) Standardisation Organisation
     
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    ladyphotog TPF Noob!

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    Yes, ASA and ISO are the same and are the speed rating of any film. Negative and transparency or chrome film are the types of film that they are, then there is color and black and white.
     
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    ISO = International Standards Organization

    ASA = American Standards Association

    Same standards, different names, one international, one US only.
     
  5. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The ASA rated films are likely outdated. ASA hasn't been used for a long, long time.
     
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    ASA100=ISO100.
     
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    I reckon the firm are just using old terminology, the film itself wont be outdated.
     
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    not to be confused with us vs asa fstops.
     

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