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I'm looking for an online gallery to compare different kinds films.

I know flickr.com offers a pretty good tag search function, but is there any place (has some one did this?) that I can do this easier? I want to figure out the difference between films only, and without much influence of the camera, development, scanning and digital post process as well.

Or, should I just try them myself

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If you can't find a gallery, you could trial one or more Photoshop/Lightroom plugins that have filters for simulating different film types, and run them on a neutral digital image of your own to get an idea.

Both have filters which cover a range of Agfa, Kodak and Fuji films and try to reproduce the contrast, colours, saturation, film grain of those films.

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I'm not sure but the way I read the original post was that he wanted to bring up pictures shot with a certain film like Fuji Velvia etc... @Reinhard FWIW I tried in flickr and 500px but it was hit and miss with the tags :( –  Peng Tuck Kwok Dec 26 '12 at 10:03
    
@MikeW 's suggestion was actually pretty doable excpet the money thing. But that points a new way for research. I'll just take it. –  Reinhard Dec 26 '12 at 10:35
    
@PengTuckKwok Thanks anyway :) –  Reinhard Dec 26 '12 at 10:37
    
@PengTuckKwok Yes, that's what he was looking for, but the intention of these plugins is to take a digital image and adjust it to match the colours, saturation, grain and so forth of Velvia, Kodachrome etc. While artificial, I wonder if scanning an actual print might lose something in translation anyway. –  MikeW Dec 27 '12 at 2:05
    
@MikeW off topic but yeah you loose something when you run a film through the scanner. There's an article on Peta Pixel that talks about it. Apparently a good macro lens coupled with panorama stitching and patience trumps scanners :D –  Peng Tuck Kwok Dec 27 '12 at 3:27

There are some "film" group on flickr where you can see pictures taken with it.

I'm administrator of a french one, and force users to tag their pictures with the film used and camera; and then I've created a front-end website to explore the pictures of the group: http://www.e-cerveau.com/argentique/

It's in french, but go to the "Films" page, choose a film in "Noir et Blanc" (black and white) or "Couleur" (color) and then click on the link "Voir les X photos prises avec ce film" (view the X pictures taken with this film").

However, as you said you just want to figure out the difference between films only without much influence of the camera, developpement... I think it's impossible. Because:

  • a film will not give the same result in 24x36 or in medium format (6x6; 7x6),...
  • the camera / lens will change the result (chromatic aberration,...)
  • the way the photograph used the film will change the result (some photograph always shoot at a lower iso speed than the one specified on the film; by example shoot at 50iso instead of 100iso for a 100 iso film)
  • the way how the film is developped (chimichal product, time,...) into a negative will change the contrast, ...
  • the way how the negative is developped into a photo, the paper used,... will change the final result

All this is the part of the photographic process, and the developpement is a really import part in which one there a big part of "interpretation" (as you can do in Adobe Lightroom).

And the most important part is : you want to see that on the web which implied a scanning process of the final paper photo, or the negative. After scanning, we generaly post process the numerical photo, to readjust contract etc... (because a scanner will interpret what it have seen).

So you must try the films yourself.

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