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Questions regarding photography using film.

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Why is a dark-room safelight safe?

I'm no expert in darkroom photography, but it seems a little odd that there is a type of light that doesn't affect film or developing paper etc. The only way that I could think to explain it is: The ...
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Which fixed lens, 35mm, rangefinders have a brightline finder window?

I have heard that rangefinders with 3 windows are the highest quality, e.g. Leica. I am interested in fixed lens ones that have the third window for frameline illumination. For example, the Beauty ...
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Is there a difference in the image produced from a 50mm rangefinder or slr lens?

Particularly, I am interested in the performance on film for Canon leica thread mount (LTM) 50mm lenses versus their FL/FD SLR lenses, in aperture size 1.2/1.4/1.8. Their performance on full frame ...
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How can I soften old film before putting it on a developing reel?

Is there a good way to soften old tightly curled film before trying to put it on a developing reel? I just destroyed an exposed cassette of 110 film. It was so curled that it kept jumping out of the ...
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What are good books and online resources to learn how to develop film? [on hold]

I have been shooting film for almost a year now and I absolutely love it. I have only shot 35 mm rolls, and I always take my completed ones to a lab to get them developed and printed. I am really ...
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How do I get started in large format (4x5) photograpy? [closed]

I am interested in getting into large format photography. I would like some input as to all of what should be acquired to develop and post-process the film. I'd like to get a used field 4x5 camera, ...
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What is the actual color space of film in film photography?

I have been thinking about this question for a while now, and I haven't found an answer online. Modern technology (scanners, screens, digital cameras, printers...) use technical color spaces to ...
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Nikon F3 vs Contax T2 for a beginner film user?

I'm in search of affordable film cameras with decent performance quality and durability. I've been recommended the Nikon F3 HP and the Contax T2 by a photographer friend of mine, but he never really ...
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Can I fix my Nikon FE's issue of auto firing after advancing (bottom curtain doesn't come up)?

Video description of the problem: https://youtu.be/DdRkNx93_rc Without pressing the shutter release button, the camera auto fires. The bottom curtain doesn't come up at all. Mirror is locked up too. ...
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What causes these lines / scratches to appear on my developed film?

Please can someone advise me what might have caused this & what I should do to ensure it doesn't happen again? The lines start up higher near the start of the film and are quiet low by the end of ...
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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

I took two photos - first one with Canon 5D Mark III and the second one with analog Canon EOS 500N. I used the same lens and settings (ISO/shutter/aperture) for both of them. The company that ...
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What methods can be used to remove remjet from the back of motion picture film?

Cinema film has a carbon remjet backing. If it is to be shot as stills the remjet usually has to removed in a home darkroom before processing. What are the best ways to do this?
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Is it safe to use rodinal or some other developer in the bath tub?

I am thinking of developing film and prints en-masse in a modern ceramic bath tub. Is it safe to use developers like Rodinal assuming the bath tub is going to be used for baths later? Rodinal is ...
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Should I let the lab pull overexposed color negative or leave it overexposed

I shot a roll of expired Fuji Superia 200 at 100 ISO. Effectively overexposing it by one stop. Should I ask the lab to pull it or just leave it overexposed? Why I'm asking, is because I understand ...
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Help! Can I save this film strip?

I'm someone who knows nothing about photography at all, that said, I was wondering if it'd be possible to save this image. You know those boxes you can go in at fairs or whatever and it'll take your ...
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Why do I get a light halo only on sunny exposures using my FED 2?

I recently bought a FED 2 and I got some weird results from my test roll. I've been taking pics in various conditions (inside and outside) and I do get a light halo on sunny outside pics (see below on ...
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is it possible to use ColorChecker Passport with Film?

The software for the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport seem to only work with DNG. Is it possible to use this with scanned film? I tried converting TIFF and JPEG scans to DNG but X-Rite's program just ...
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Is there an online comparison of available 35mm films [closed]

Is there a website that has a review of currently available 35mm colour films, with examples and preferably a description of their atmospheric, emotional, artistic qualities? I would be wanting to ...
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What is the point of film canisters?

Why is it that 35mm film is always supplied in a small plastic canister, when the film itself is enclosed in a hard, opaque carapace itself. Now, potentially for high-sensitivity films like Ilford ...
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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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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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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 is this Nikon(?) camera from the 1990s?

My now passed away father took this photo of me in the 1990s. My guess is that it's a Nikon he owned a number of Nikon SLRs. Is anyone able to identify the camera? (Sorry about the shaky photo).
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What are the best non-m4/3 lenses for Micro 4/3 cameras? [closed]

I'm looking into purchasing some fast primes for my Olympus E-M5 Mark II. But rather than stick to modern lenses, I'm looking into adapting those from the film era or early digital years. I'm looking ...
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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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Is my film ruined? Turned on light with film in bag

I realize the only way to get a definite answer to this question is to develop and find out, however I am inquiring more along the lines of the light-proofness of film holding bags. I was loading ...
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How to recreate the 1980's film/colour effect? [closed]

This is a still from the movie "Ran" directed by Akira Kurosawa How do I recreate this exact colour effect using Lightroom or camera raw? After searching i found VSCOFilm which gives your photos ...
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How long do developed negatives last?

While spring cleaning, I encountered some 35mm color negatives which were developed roughly 10 to 15 years ago. Could they have lasted that long stored in a cardboard box for all those years? They ...
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What are the dynamic ranges of commonly available 35mm film?

I searched on google for a good chunk of time, but I haven't been able to find a reliable source of the dynamic range of many, if any, color negative films. I'm curious about any/all 35mm films that ...
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What are these streaks in negative scans I got back from a lab?

I'm a beginner that's getting back into film photography after many years. I just received scans of my negatives and noticed some of them have streaking while others do not. I feel like this may have ...
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Flashing display on Nikon F801s/N8008s

I bought a Nikon F801s at a camera flea market (actually, it came attached to a lens I wanted). The camera is pretty beaten up on the outside, but very clean inside the film chamber. When I fire the ...
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What are the differences between current films available for the Polaroid SX-70 Land camera?

I just purchased a OneStep Polaroid camera and am so excited about starting taking pictures out there, so I've searched for film and found only these alternatives: Fujifilm instant film The ...
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What are the thinnest 81A and 85C filters?

I usually use Hoya and Tiffen 81A and 85C filters for my slide work. They work well with all my lenses except with my Nikon 20mm f/4, which vignettes. I know that Nikon filters are thinner and work ...
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How can I do an image sequence with a theme of nature (plants, flowers, etc.)?

I am in beginners photography a class that my school offers and I am in my final project. My teacher said we can pick a theme for our project and I chose to do an image sequence with the theme of ...
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What can be done about sloppy cut negatives?

I recently picked up my ten rolls of film from the local lab, which previously has done a fine enough job developing my film, but this this time whoever cut the negatives really did a poor job -- many ...
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How can I emulate film in Lightroom? [duplicate]

I've tried so many different websites trying to find cheap lightroom film emulations. I'd like to achieve looks like these:
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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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Green Fog in Negative Scan

Can anyone explain what is wrong with this negative scan? There seems to be some green haze in my scans. At first I thought the green tint was just from the lab not color correcting the scans ...
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How can I get a fade-to-white vignette with Polaroid film?

I want to try and recreate a filter effect similar to this. It's a partial nude, so potentially NSFW: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zWtPvzfTE9I/T2752kGAH-I/AAAAAAAAADQ/WYKtq1lfLmE/s640/scan012.jpg (The ...
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With which film camera should I start?

I have never had a proper camera and I have never taken pictures seriously but now I'm starting to feel interested in photography. I would like to start to learn the basics of this art. I don't have ...
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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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Can a third-party flash made for Canon be used on a Contax G1?

Is it feasibly possible to attach a third party Flash made for Canon on a Contax G1?
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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 Is A Box That Allows Viewing Slides Using Both Eyes Called?

I view my 35mm slides using a projector and a light table with a loupe, but I had this very simple and portable device when I was a child but I don't know what it was called. You just loaded a slide ...
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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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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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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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How to invert color negative “scan” via DSLR without clipping the red channel?

I am trying to convert color negatives into positives and struggling with removing the orange mask and getting usable colour after inverting. It seems that I constantly clip the red channel no ...
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How to identify slide/negative scanners that produce RAW files?

I'm looking for a 35mm slide and negative scanner that can give me raw files like my camera does. I have a ancient Polaroid SprintScan 35, and it's frustrating to use. Back then, there weren't raw ...
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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 ...