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Questions regarding photography using film.

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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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Why is analog black&white film slightly violet?

I'm doing my Bachelor's degree from photography. I noticed that my developed film Ilford HP5+ is not just black&white but it is slightly violet (as you can see on the left picture). Does it have ...
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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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How can I emulate 50's and 60's aircraft photos using film today?

I started playing with analog photography about a year ago. I find it really interesting, especially the choices of films that change the colors and feeling of the pictures so much. One kind of ...
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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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Strange sharpening effect in B/W negative scan

I am scanning several rolls of B/W film and have noticed that a small number of shots have some sort of strange sharpening/edge detection behaviour which looks awful. The example below is from Ilford ...
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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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Why does it look like nothing is on my developed film?

i've recently bought Canon AL-1 with macro lens 35-70. I used some cheap kodak film, with ISO 400. Yesterday I went to some photography studio so they would scan my 35mm film. But when I got it back ...
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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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Overexposing and pushing in a roll of film, can they compensate each other?

Let say I pushed a 100 ISO film to 400, and I always overexpose by 2 stops, so during developing, can I use the normal way to develop the film?
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Can I use film that's 20+ years old?

I recently bought a Minolta film camera and it had some film with it. The film is dated 1991 - 1994. Can I use the film?
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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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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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Does anyone make an ASA 1600 or 3200 color film?

I have never found anything more light sensitive than 800 in color film. Wondering why that is.
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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 ruins undeveloped film?

I had a black and white film canister in my camera full but I tried and failed to wind the knob to get it ready to take out. SO I thought I'd do it the manual way and got in my cupboard (everything ...
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What are the differences between various types of film? [closed]

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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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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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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Can I use chemicals for developing ISO 400 film to develop ISO 100 or 200 film as well?

In my black and white photography class, the teacher recommends us to use ISO 400 to develop our film and make prints. I found that ISO 400 is much too grainy for my liking, and as a result I want to ...
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Why did my 35mm film turn out “foggy”?

I was recently gifted an old Kalimar K-90 1000 35mm camera. My first roll of film turned out perfect, no flaws whatsoever. On my second roll I took photos of my daughter, the first half turned out ...
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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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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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When to overexpose, underexpose, use standard and/or pushed development time in film?

I've some confusion when metering & developing for film. I've learned that it is preferred to overexpose a negative film, e.g. ISO400 film and use as ISO200 film, and develop using standard ...
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Is there a formula for calculating exposure when enlarging prints?

I'm curious if there is a formula to determine my exposure in the dark room. Suppose my print comes out perfectly with the following: 8 seconds f/11 height of 8 +3 contrast filter Is there a ...
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How far can you push process an accidentally under-exposed film?

Due to an over-zealous light meter in an old Praktica SLR, I have a roll of film that's about to be developed that is very much under-exposed. By testing the exposure readings from my Nikon D50 DSLR ...
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Can I store exposed film in the fridge (when it was stored before shooting, too)?

Let's say I store color film in the fridge. I shoot a lot, and I rarely have time to develop, so the exposed films accumulate. Can I store them in the fridge again? Is there a problem with this method?...
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What are the factors that cause colour shifts in cross processed film?

I've recently received a batch of processed film back from the LomoLab of some shots I took with a Sprocket Rocket loaded with Lomography XPro Sunset Strip 100 35mm film. The film was cross-processed,...
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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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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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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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Is there a reason to use folding bellows instead of my bag bellows for a range of lenses?

I have a 4x5 monorail camera and a range of lenses from 75mm to 210mm. I have normal folding bellows, and bag bellows, the latter is necessary for the wide angle lens. However, the bag bellows has ...
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What performance differences will I see from a new film scanner, replacing Epson V350?

Recently I started doing analog photography again (as hobby), owning a Canon EOS 1N, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, developing all films by myself in C41 with focus on cross processing. Since I'm owning an Epson ...
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How to cut medium format film for scanning and archival storing

I shoot both 6x6 and 6x7 formats. There are no problems with 6x6 - I cut it as 3,3,3,3 frame pieces to fill a 4-row sleeve and have no problem scanning them in my Nikon 9000. However, if I cut 6x7 ...
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Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film?

Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film? I am retired. previously owned three pro. Photography studios looking to get back into work again. Need help locating materials.
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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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epson v500 digital ice turns off automatically

I have an Epson v500 and whenever I go to scan negatives I turn digital ice on and press preview. After the preview is done digital ice gets automatically turned off. Is this normal and should I be ...
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Film grain in negative film: is it equally distributed or in relation to brightness?

I was wondering whether film grain is depending on the incident amount of light. There is the Schwarzschild-effect (link to Wikipedia), which will make a difference in very low light, that will ...
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How to separate dust and scratches in scanned RGB+IR dia/film images for later removal/healing?

I scanned slides and I have now 48 bit color plus IR (infrared) 16 bit gray files. Now I am processing them to remove dust and scratches and I am looking for a way to batch-detect the correct ...
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What features should I look for on a negative scanner?

Just as the question says, what sort of qualities should I be looking for when purchasing a scanner to digitize my film negatives? I'd like to know what the qualities are and a brief description of ...
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What caused excessively high grain in Delta ISO 400 film developed by a shop?

I have shot film before, never black and white though. I also haven't ever developed a film before, neither did I this time. I used Ilford Delta 400 and I shot it at rated ISO (at least I think I did)...
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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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Does cross-processing transparency film accomplish anything for relatively conventional photography?

What, in fairly objective terms, is the use of cross-processing transparency films? Is it purely to get quirky colors? I don't want to use 'lomo' in a pejorative sense, but I'm wondering if these ...
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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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Compact 35mm film camera with decent 50mm-ish lens [closed]

I am looking for a non-wide angle compact 35mm film camera, preferably with aperture priority and exposure bias. The Fuji Klasse S seems like a good option but is still quite expensive, even second ...