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Questions regarding photography using film.

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What film should I use for black and white outdoor 'formal' shots?

I'm wondering what type of black and white film is best to shoot good-quality outdoor photos that capture the quality of the trees, etc., and still show detail in people's faces. Is there a ...
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What is the production volume for film over the last decade?

How many rolls/sheets of film has Kodak/Fuji/the-whole-industry produced each year for the last ten years? What has the revenue been? I've tried googling for the answer but a summary of this ...
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What does it mean to “mount” slide film for processing?

I just finished my first roll of a 35mm slide film and it is time to get it processed. I checked few places online and the options are to get them processed "mounted" or "unmounted". So what do ...
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What are these lines through my images?

I have these lines or streaks across many of the images on this roll I had developed. I can see the same lines on the negatives as well as the prints. The lines are in the exact same spot across I ...
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How could film compact cameras set exposure?

I once had a film compact camera, but I was too young to understand anything else than "click". I'm much more familiar with digital photography, and setting exposure has always been a possibility in ...
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What is the significance of the word “Color” in the names of some older lenses?

This seems closely related to How does a lens affect the saturation of a picture?. Some older lenses I've seen contain the word "Color" in the name, such as Color-Yashinon and Color-Skopar (the ...
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Does reciprocity failure (Schwarzschild effect) exist in digital photography?

In analog photography (film) there was an effect called "Schwartschild effect", or Reciprocity failure when making long exposures (usually more than few seconds). Some film brands created ...
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Was there a film camera that was silent?

With digital cameras, when there is no mirror, an electronic shutter can be used to more or less eliminate any moving mechanical parts. That way, a camera makes little or no noise, making it useful ...
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What options are there for inexpensive 35mm film developing and digitizing?

I have a large number of rolls of undeveloped 35mm file (over 100). What are some places I can find that will develop these for a reasonable price, and ideally digitize them for online download at the ...
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What are the differences between 120 film and 220 film?

Aside from the number of frames available on a roll, are there any differences between 120 film and 220 film?
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Which setup should I choose for taking pictures of Trick-or-Treaters tonight?

I've dug up my dad's old Pentax K1000 SE, along with his old lenses, and picked up some 400 film. I'm wondering which of these lenses I should go with to get the best shots tonight (outdoors, no ...
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What is a Carbon Print?

I read recently an article on Wired Magazine about a guy who did an installation using "carbon prints". Searching around on the web I came across this page, where it is stated that: These ...
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Can I change the lens of my film SLR even when a film is loaded?

I have a film SLR that is currently loaded with film. I was using a 28mm lens when I loaded the film but recently got a 50mm and I want to use that instead. Question is, can I change the lens without ...
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Is it worth investing in a used 35 mm Film camera?

I've a Canon 60D and I'm mainly interested in shooting landscapes. I feel very interested in buying a used canon EOS film camera (since my EF lenses are compatible). I would like to take pictures ...
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What camera defect would cause a shot to be exposed on one half of the frame and not the other?

I've posted before about my crazy old Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera that I got recently. After a brief episode with lens repair, I've gotten a few rolls developed, and some of the shots didn't come ...
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What is the largest possible print size with 35mm film?

What is the largest possible size I can enlarge to with 35mm film?
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How to tell if a roll of film has been exposed?

I have found film reels some with tails of film others not. Is there a way of telling if they have been exposed/used in a camera? Film types are for 35mm and one Kodak Advantix.
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How can I tell if my film is over/underdeveloped?

The question is pretty basic (and should be asked for reference's sake): how can I tell if I have over- or underdeveloped my film? What are the signs?
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Should I consider a used Tachihara 4x5" Large-Format camera or an equivalent new alternative?

As my primary photographic interests lie in landscape photography, I've been seriously looking into buying a large-format camera. In my research, I encountered the Tachihara 4x5", which is a ...
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Uses for cross-processing

What are the reasons to cross-process (developing C-41 film in E6 chemistry or vice versa) films? How repeatable are the results with the same film? In Flickr they all look different and you never ...
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How to proceed after having developed the negatives?

There are a lot of excellent questions (and answers!) about the process of developing (BW) film at home. I would like to try my hand at it, too. But it's not exactly clear how to proceed after ...
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What happens if I press the film rewind button early?

I have to press the film rewind button on the bottom of my Pentax ME Super in order to be able to rewind the film back into the canister when I'm done shooting a roll. If I accidentally press it ...
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How do I manually wind up film without exposing it?

I've adapted my Diana f+ a little bit and I use 35mm film in it instead of 120 film. However when I've finished taking pictures on the film and I need to wind it back up, I have to take the film out ...
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What are the dimensions of a 110 film cartridge?

I'm looking for the exact dimensions of the 110 film cartridge. I'll take any sort of information including the ISO whitepaper for it (which I would love to read), or if someone already has it in ...
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Does a filter exist to color-correct color negatives when copying them with a DSLR?

This question and other internet sources propose using a DSLR with a macro lens to rapidly copy negatives and slides. Copying color negatives, however, seems to be a challenge because the color tint ...
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Where can I buy film for a Kodak Instamatic 500?

I have my father's vintage Kodak Instamatic 500 Camera. He took slides with this camera, of which I am now the fortunate owner (both the camera and the slides). I wonder if someone knows where I can ...
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What to look for when developing black and white print film?

I have Ilford HP5 Plus 400, I believe this is one of the standard B&W films. I've developed this myself, but I'm not sure what to look for or ask a lab tech to make sure that they develop this ...
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Film ISO and Push/Pull Processing

I am looking to start shooting film and have been having a look a different 35mm film. What confuses me is film that can be shot at different ISOs/exposure bias. For example Kodak says that Portra 800 ...
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What is the difference between print and slide film when the target is a digital file?

I'm looking to take some film with me on an upcoming trip and am not sure which to buy. I don't plan on making physical prints of the photos, just having them developed and then transferred to a CD.
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Where can I develop 110 film?

Where can I develop 110 film from my Pentax 110 SLR?
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How long does undeveloped film last?

I received a Mamiya ZE-2 from a family member who discovered it in a closet. Along with the camera were 3 rolls of film - 2 in white plastic holders and one inside the camera. I have no idea what ...
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Is 125 or 400 ISO film better for black and white studio shots?

ISO 125 or ISO 400 film: which should I use for studio shots? By the way, I am planning to shoot in black and white.
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What's the most likely cause of grain in this photo?

I took this photo recently w/ an old Pentax K1000, using 400 ISO film, and an f/1.7 aperture. Is this graininess just inherent to shooting w/ this sort of film / lighting? Or, is it partially/largely ...
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Filming in a steam room?

I plan to film in a steam room this weekend for a cover shoot. However, I know for a fact there may be difficulties regarding the "steam." Any tips for filming in a steam room?
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What are the results of developing slide film (E-6 process) with C41 chemicals?

I recently got hand on some rolls of 35mm slide film (Kodak Ektachrome), and was planning on developing them at home (bad experiences with photo labs). On a basis of budget, I wanted to develop them ...
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What is the difference between Kodak Tri-X Pan 400 and Tri-X 400?

What's the difference between Kodak Tri-X 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 Pan? I can't seem to find the difference anywhere, are they simply the same just re-branded?
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What's the Reason 35mm Film is As Wide As It Is?

I'd like to know if there is a reason why Dickons and Edison chose exactly 35mm as the width of their films.
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What is a banquet photo?

I recently read a New York Times article about Banquet Photos and am wondering about them. I am not sure what makes a photo one. What are the requirements?
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How can I repair a faded picture developed from old film left in a camera?

I had an old camera with film in it from at least 1995 or earlier and had it developed. there are some treasured pictures there, but they are extremely faint. is there any way to get these developed ...
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Best film and shutter speed for Mansfield Skylark

My daughter picked up an old Mansfield Skylark camera at a yard sale. Can anyone recommend a film type/speed and shutter speed for overcast daylight conditions? The shutter speeds are simply 'B' ...
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popular fd/canon ae-1 lenses/acessories

I'm giving serious consideration to switching from primarily shooting film with a Pentax K1000 to a Canon AE-1 (and/or AE-1 Program). Is anyone familiar with the model? What are the popular fd ...
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Medium format starter kit for “playing with”

Ive been doing digital photography for quite a long time, I dropped into it right at the start of the "Digital Revolution" back in the mid ninety's, and due to the "free" nature of digital (ie no ...
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Flashgun for Nikon D60 and F5

So, I'm a massive fan of Nikon gear. I've got a D60 which is pretty lovely, and I've recently bought a 2nd hand F5. However. The flash on the D60 is feeble, and there's no builtin flash on the F5. ...
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What happens if I develop a color film as black and white?

As the title says, what happens if I develop a color film exactly as I would do with a black and white film?
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Can film be considered to have infinite resolution as opposed to digital sensors? [duplicate]

Camera sensors have an specific number of cells,and their resolution depends on this amount of cells. But film does not have this "units" of sensible material; So, does the size of the particles of ...
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How to tell if a film camera is actually making shots?

I just bought an old Mamiya 500tl and from what I can tell it works okay. I've taken few shots but when I open the back I cannot see anything on the film. Should I be able to see see the negative? Is ...
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What does the temperature specification on a roll of film refer to?

I got hold of an ancient film SLR, and have purchased a couple of rolls of film. One of then, a roll of Ilford Delta 400, has an indication about maximum temperature of 24°C. It also has an indication ...
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How do I go about choosing film for an old LOMO camera?

I have a old LOMO analog film camera with four closures. How should I choose film for my camera? What ISO should I select? Is there anything else I have to be aware of when choosing film for this ...
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Are UV filters required for shooting film?

I know that digital sensors have filters that filter out UV and IR light and thus do not require UV filters, but what about film? Are IR or UV filters required when shooting film?
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In film cameras with film advance levers, what happens if I don't crank the lever all the way?

In film cameras with film advance levers, what happens if I don't crank the lever all the way? Will the lever 'remember' the last position it was at and keep the shutter button locked until I crank it ...