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Questions regarding photography using film.

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Wedding cameras - disposable or ebay compacts + film

For a wedding I was thinking of trying to get some better quality disposable cameras. The highest ISO disposables seem to be 800 colour or 400 B&W (I would like to get a mix of colour and ...
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Emulating film color profiles (for use in Aperture 3)

Is there a way or place to get the color profile curves from film types and recreate them in Aperture 3 so that I can get a characteristic look from something that was shot with kodachrome. I know ...
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Will my Ricoh GR1 be safe in tough weather for mountaineering photography?

I am planning an expedition up a 4000 meter volcano and I want to take some nice shots of the adventure. At the moment I have two cameras. My Nikkormat FT, which is way too heavy and bulky, so I am ...
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How can I find the film speed and type of unmarked, exposed120 film?

I have several rolls of exposed 120 film from a trip, some of the rolls are black and white and some are color, and the speed range from 100 to 800. I would like to get the film developed, but I cant ...
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Is there an effect of temperature on film exposure?

It is obvious that temperature plays a most critical role in developing films. It is not clear to me, though, what effects temperature might cause at the time of exposure. I didn't stumble upon any ...
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The frame counter of my Nikon FA (analog) is broken. How to activate the light measurement regardless?

For some reason the counter doesn't go forward anymore, but, the film is rolling, and the film is being exposed, but the LCD constantly shows the "C250" message, which indicates that it's firing the ...
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Batch processing/retouching scanned film with severe artifacts

An aunt asked me to scan some film for her (my best guess is they're 40+ years old), but my usual workflow has been challenged. Some background: I use Linux. And I have an Epson Perfection V350 ...
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Is it possible to do a multiple exposure on an Olympus 35sp? [duplicate]

I am a big fan of double exposures in film photography, and was hoping to try my hand at it. I have an Olympus 35sp and it is an amazing 35mm rangefinder. Like most film cameras, it has a rewind ...
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Which film camera would be comparable to a Yashica TL Electro?

I currently have a Yashica TL Electro that I use for black and white photography but it seems that it is slowly giving up the ghost and im starting to look for a replacement. This camera was given to ...
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How do I get a “Film” look with a digital camera?

What can I do, in terms of lightning, to make Digital look like Film? By that I mean a "dreamy" sort of look. Does it has to do with the color temperature? the setup?
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What automatic-feed photo scanner should I use for 6″×4″ / 5″×4″ / A6 / postcard size photos?

Can you recommend an automatic document feeder (ADF) photo scanner for usual 6" x 4" / 5" x 4" / A6 / postcard size photos? I want to stack up say 25 or 30 at a time and leave it running to scan ...
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How does TTL flash metering works in film cameras?

Unlike digital cameras, there are no pre-flashes in film cameras that do off the film metering. In absence of pre-flashes I want to know how camera can determine accurate flash power when flash is ...
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How were negatives backed up prior to the availability of inexpensive scanners?

Prior to scanners becoming a commodity, how did photographers make duplicates\backups of their negatives? For example, if a wedding photographer's shop burned down, how did they recover? Or was it a ...
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What is it called when you intentionally expose a film negative during development?

Back in the film days, there was technique of exposing a negative, while it was being developed, which distorted the image, sometime very strikingly. This manipulation had a name, which I cannot ...
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How to expose film negative without an enlarger?

In this article, the author mentioned that the enlarger is not necessary in the printing workflow. This device (enlarger) is used for creating an enlarged image from your negatives, to be exposed ...
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How did my Portra 400 color negs came back black and white?

I was trying out Kodak Portra 400 color negative 120 film in my Hasselblad 503cw last month. Just got the negs back from the lab and they appear to be black and white. Can someone explain how this ...
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What is the fastest film (highest ISO) made commercially?

On wikipedia there is a reference to Polaroid 612 which is ISO 20000. Was there faster film? Was there faster film made for specialized purposes (say military, astronomy etc)?
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Does specialty film scanner software provide any real benefits over bundled applications?

I've recently just bought an Epson Perfection V330 to scan my B&W negatives (being charged $15 a roll by the lab is way too much) so that I can do some light post-processing in Lightroom or ...
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Can I apply a Photoshop smart filter to multiple layers, for a better sharpening workflow?

Is there a way to apply one smart filter to multiple layers? I'm trying to figure out a better CS5 Photoshop sharpening workflow using smart filters. I am working with scanned film. Before ...
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How do I prepare frozen/refrigerated film for use?

Similar to my other storage question, what needs to be done for the long term storage of undeveloped film? I know that heat is very bad for film (especially color) and that I should store it in a ...
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What are the differences between various types of film?

I've been getting into film photography recently, and was wondering what the differences are between different types of film, e.g., drugstore film vs Kodak portra vs Ilford, etc. What are their ...
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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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Name of the book/album with an entire road/boulevard photographed

I remember about a photography documentary seen some time ago. The photographer published a book containing an entire road/boulevard. I can't remember the name of the artist. Do you know about such a ...
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How important is lack of color matrix metering and 100% viewfinder in Nikon F100 compared to Nikon F5?

I'm planning to buy a film camera. I'm undecided between Nikon F100 and Nikon F5. The major differences that I could figure out from Thom Hogan's review are: Pro F100: F100 is lighter than the ...
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What kind of professional film developing equipment is used in photo shops/labs?

I'm mainly asking about the film ⇒ negative process, not about making of prints. Is the process automised? With what kind of devices? Are the devices one-size-fits-all or is a different device needed ...
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My roll of film didnt rewind inside all the way?

I have an automatic, minolta zoom 160 . I just finished a roll of 400 / 24 shots & i heard the film rewind back into its canister just as i finished the last shot. When i opened the back of the ...
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How long will exposed film retain some latent image?

How long will exposed film last if it's not developed right away?
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What Polaroid instant film type is this?

What Polaroid instant film type is the one on the right? (The left one is a Polaroid Type 600.)
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What are battery replacement options for the Olympus OM-1?

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful OM-1 with some lenses. The only caveat is that I don't have any batteries for it. The camera takes mercury batteries. I was wondering if there are any options to ...
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I rewound but the film position dial is stuck at “S..” Is my camera (brand new Vivitar E3800N) broken?

I want to bring the roll position displayed back to Zero. How can I do this without having any film in the camera? If i rotate the cylinder (by hand) that is connected (perhaps) to the film advance ...
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How to calculate exposure time for Fuji Velvia RVP 50 using a DSLR spot meter?

I have a couple of RVP 50 rolls I would like to experiment with - The idea is to set up a tripod and use a Canon 5D MK2 in ISO 50 mode for composition focusing and exposure metering, then replace the ...
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Creating Proper Exposure with a Pentax PZ10

Not long ago, my Pentax K1000 was damaged and I upgraded to the Pentax PZ10 (both film cameras). I feel lost with trying to get the right exposure on the PZ10; with the K1000 I used a third-party ...
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Does high reflectiveness of digital sensor lead to poor lens performance?

I Googled film vs dslr and found an article from 2007 that said: Digital sensor has higher reflectiveness than film. The light bouncing back from sensor will cause flare and lead to poor optical ...
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Will vintage camera equipment be damaged by x-ray scanners?

Will my vintage photoelectric lightmeters (the ones using photocells, no batteries) be affected or permanently damaged by x-ray scanners at the airport?
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Best approach to handle flash with my film camera?

Although I have been photographing for 3 years now, there are still areas I am fairly new to. I really love film photography, but I also like to use flashes for portraits and such. Of course with my ...
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Medium / Large Format Pinhole Camera

I'd like to build a large format pinhole camera using photographic paper as the medium. I've found several articles and how-to guides for building small/medium format 4x5 pinhole cameras but nothing ...
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Are there any method for automatically detecting dust on silver halide based film?

I'm looking for a technique that allows me to scan silver halide based film while the scanner automatically detects dust. unfortunately using a scanner featuring Digital ICE technology to ...
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Removing unwanted color from B&W image (aperture)

I've been shooting ilford color-process b&w film. The local photo processor's equipment has a glitch; sometimes the resulting negatives are slightly colorful. In the current roll, there's a ...
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What kind of darkroom fan will fit in a window

I have an internal room in my apartment with a window that faces an air shaft between buildings, so I'd like to block the light from that window and make a darkroom. I am trying to figure out what ...
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What b&w fiber paper has the most detail in zones VII-IX?

I'm printing a series of shots that are mostly white to off-white. What brand of fiber photographic paper will produce the most visible detail in zones above VII?
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How do I avoid torn sprocket holes with bulk loaded film?

I've started to use bulk load film (Ultrafine 400) and I've noticed that after I've developed it the sprocket holes are torn and twisted. Any ideas or suggestions as to why this happens? I don't know ...
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What is the best way to store negatives from the 1940s and '50s? [duplicate]

These were stored in their canisters for over 60 years. I have copied all of them. What is the best way to store them? Should I straighten them out and put them in protective sleeves? Or should I ...
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What ISO do I shoot Ilford Delta 3200 in?

I need to make pictures in crummy lighting conditions (inside a convention center) without much ability for external light apart from my camera flash. I ordered some Ilford Delta 3200 Black & ...
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NIght photography and long exposures with film

I want to begin night photography and long exposures with my Nikon F100. I have noticed that in film photography it is very difficult to shoot and get both the dark and light areas well exposed. ...
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What zone does lith film cutoff occur in?

With lith film, exposure accuracy is said to be of great concern - basically, it's a matter of black and white. But when metering, what zone does the cutoff between black and white happen in - is it ...
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What alternative battery can I use for a Canon AV-1 film camera?

I got hold of an old Canon AV-1 film camera I want to learn how to use. But looking for a battery for it, a 4LR44, is quite hard. It must probably be because people are using dSLRs with rechargeable ...
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Horrible quality of prints developed from film

Recently my girlfriend shot 2 rolls of color film and we had them developed + photos developed at a small local photolab. What surprised me was how the prints looked. They looked low-res, on some ...
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Can you match a photo to the discrete camera it was taken with, without metadata? [duplicate]

Are there enough digital and/or analog difference in individual cameras/houses/lenses that photos will have fingerprint of sorts? For example discoloration of pixels, distortion from aberrations on ...
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Online gallery to compare different films?

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 ...
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What is the reason for underexposure in my film photographs?

Thanks to all the quality answers I got here that helped me to buy a film camera. I got my first roll of film processed and printed. The print results are not as pleasing as looking at the slides ...