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Questions regarding photography using film.

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Is this blue tint because of the film or the process?

I have shot a roll of Ilford XP2 Super 400, a Black & White film that is developed using C41 color process. The prints came back with what seems a blue-ish tint at the top. I wonder why that is? ...
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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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How do I develop color negative (C41) film at home?

It's pretty easy to get color negatives processed for pretty cheap, but I'd like to learn about the process. How do I process color negatives at home? What chemicals and equipment will I need?
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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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Why do my prints darken too quickly in the developer tray?

I'm playing with a pinhole camera recently.¹ It's the first time I'm actually developing photos myself. On my developer bottle it says I should use 1 unit of it and mix it with 9 units of water. ...
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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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How can I hack 35mm film into a 120mm camera and have it safely received?

I can simply put 35mm spool in place of 120mm one. Spring will hold it all right, and I can get it to wind on the receiver spool. Of course I can't know frame number and need to do it "by the ...
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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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What's the use of exposure bracketing in film cameras?

In DSLRs, exposure bracketing can be used to achieve higher dynamic range in post, but what's the use of it in film cameras? Is it practical to blend 3 different exposures (negatives) in the darkroom? ...
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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 disposable cameras work without exposure and focus control?

Before I got into photography, I used to use disposable cameras with ISO 400 film. I've gotten some decent results in various lighting, both inside and outside and at different focus distances. How do ...
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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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How do modern or recent film SLRs compare to vintage models?

Growing up in the digital age, I have never used a film camera. I have recently started considering adding a film SLR. $5k Leicas aside, are there any new film SLRs out now that are worth over an ...
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How can I calculate the effect of non-TTL flash on exposure?

I recently got an old Canon AE-1 film camera back in working order. I'd like to use my modern 430EXII Speedlight flash with it, however since there is no TTL metering, I have no idea how much the ...
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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 ...
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Synonyms for light table

I have a relatively stupid question this time, probably caused by my poor English. I'm looking to buy a light table (an illuminated device to view transparencies/slides on), alternatively called light ...
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Did film photography have lens correction counterparts?

Were there ever any tools to correct for lens distortion in the film-only era? I'm thinking a device that contained a lens system that you could alter, or a soft workable lens that you could fine ...
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How to read a film color response chart?

This is partially a follow up to my first question where people provided information about color response charts. I was wondering how to read them. Take for example this one from Kodak: This image ...
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Missing photos on a roll of film?

So I have a Fujifilm Big Viewfinder 50AF, the counter on the top said I had taken 24 pictures (the whole roll) but when I got the film developed today there were only 14 photos??? and the 10 photos ...
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Can I develop Kodak Ektachrome 160 film myself, and if so, how?

I have three (3) Kodak Ektachrome 160 Super 8 (process EM-26, Type G) cartridges that are undeveloped. How difficult would it be for a complete amateur to develop these? If it is not very ...
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Why does blue sky gets rendered as black in black and white film photos?

I recently started using a film camera along with my digital camera. I took a picture with both the cameras. This one is from digital camera: Left is the photo without editing and right after ...
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How do I compensate for lack of exposure lock on a Canon AV-1?

I just got my first roll of film printed and noticed that some of the exposures were off. I don't know why I didn't notice this before but there isn't an AE-lock on the Canon AV-1. My question is, ...
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Is it a good idea to stack teleconverters to shoot at the moon?

Just got a Pentax ME Super in eBay and two lenses from a friend of mine. One of the two is a 200mm Shacht prime. I have also won on eBay, 10 minutes ago, a x3 teleconverter and I was thinking if I ...
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Where is a really good place to get film developed by mail?

I'm looking for a place to get my 35mm film (color slide and B&W) developed and scanned by mail with a focus on quality. I have a good local shop about 10mi away from me that does great ...
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Colors while scanning a cross-processed film: why [not] so vivid?

In this question I am trying to understand the nature of colors in scanning cross-processed films. I've thought that I'm okay with photoshop, with subtractive and additive colors etc etc etc, but ...
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Multiple exposures on medium format film

I have a medium format camera with a multiple exposure switch. This arms the shutter without advancing the film so that multiple shots can be taken on the same physical film section. This is a fairly ...
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Scratches on negatives - me or them?

I've recently dug out my old SLR camera again. I've just got the prints and scans back from a reputable high-street company and I'm not very impressed with the results. For example: There's a big ...
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Why aren't the 35mm film scans I got back from a lab at a 3:2 aspect ratio?

I let my film get developed and scanned at a Fuji Lab in Japan and always receive a DVD with images of 4336x3036 pixel resolution, which is an aspect ratio of about 1.428194:1. I always thought 35mm ...
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What happens if I take too many shots on a film?

I finished what I thought was a 36 exposure roll of film earlier, but once I got it out of the camera I realised it was only a 24. I am using an old Ricoh XR2 camera which has manual film advance so ...
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Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR?

I've taken some photos with my old Zenit-B camera. And I have some strange white spot on all of the photos in the upper right corner. Sometimes it is not too recognizable, but it is everywhere. ...
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Do longer stopping and fixation times have any influence on the quality of the film?

I recently picked up wet photography again. I kitchen-sink developed some B/W Ilford FP-4 films with Ilfosol 3 at 1+17 for 7 minutes Amaloco S-10 stop-bath ( I dont know the english term for that) ...
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What research should I do before starting to photograph more?

I have a low end Canon digital camera, and I found my dad's old Sears KS-2 with the standard 50mm lens. I don't know that much about manual photography. I feel like I should do some research and learn ...
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What battery do I need for a 35mm film Canon Rebel?

I have a Canon EOS Rebel 35mm film camera for my photography class and I need a battery, it didn't come with one. What battery do I need to buy?
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What is the equivalent resolution of a 35mm film [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What megapixel value is equivalent to which ISO film? Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels? I know this is a little bit ...
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What are the best settings for black and white film portrait photography?

trying to do some "daily shots" thing, and I was wondering what's the best setting for black and white portraits in areas that are well-lit and sometimes not (fastfoods, restaurants, malls) I want to ...
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Are there any 35mm cameras that I could control with a computer?

I saw some work at an art show last night that reminded me that I'm interested in trying out Redscale at some point. And so I was browsing around online for redscale stuff today, and came across a ...
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Should I store my 35mm rolls in the fridge?

I have bought a bunch of 35mm film canisters (24 and 36 exposure canisters, no bulk rolls). They are new films (Expiration date sometime in 2016), but I won't be using them all immediately. My ...
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What should one look for when buying a used film camera?

I'm planning to buy a used Nikon F5. I've no experience with a film camera and i want to know what all should one be careful of before buying a used film camera and more specifically an F5. Thanks.
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What is development by inspection (DBI) and how is it done?

While reading this answer I noticed the DBI concept. If I understand correctly, the idea is to develop a film while being able to see the progress (and apply the fixer once you're happy with the ...
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How do I develop black and white film myself? [duplicate]

I have recently got a film SLR and I have shot a lot of pictures (say like 6 rolls in a weeks time). To develop these pictures in my area takes up to a week or two.... so what struck my head was to ...
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What causes flat-looking negatives while developing film?

My classmate developed a roll of 100 TMAX 35mm B/W, and some of them came out looking flat, but not all. What could account for this?
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Is a Nikon FG good enough for art school?

I'm new to photography and I just acquired a Nikon FG film camera. There is what looks like to be a serial number on the bottom: 8897319. And was made in Japan. I know nothing about cameras and I was ...
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Wet photography: what's the second choice after silver halide?

All the film photography I know of - both colour and black-and-white - uses silver halide as the photosensitive component. I suppose that after over a hundred years of wet photography we have a good ...
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What are the differences between D-76 and Xtol?

I'm starting to run out of developer for B&W film and was looking online for some more. I've been using D-76 and I see nothing wrong with it; however, I saw that I could also buy Xtol. What are ...
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How can I view vintage medium-format negatives (from about 1950)?

I have been given a box of vintage negatives from my late Fathers estate. I believe they were taken in the '50s and the size is about 6 x 9.5 cm. Is there a piece of kit I could view these old ...
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What are the dark room techniques used to manipulate the *local* contrast of a print?

What dark room techniques are used to achieve effects similar to those of unsharp mask or "clarity" in digital post-processing?
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Where can I find B&W film for an Imperial Satellite 127 camera?

Recently I was given an Imperial Satellite 127 camera as a wedding/moving away gift. I was pretty excited about it since older cameras have always interested me, but I've not ever owned one. Also, I ...