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Questions regarding photography using film.

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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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What kind of photography is still better done with film cameras?

Are there any kind of photography left today which digital cameras are still in the disadvantage to film cameras?
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(How) should I start with film photography?

I've been toying with the thought of starting analog (film) photography for a while. Buying a film SLR and the equipment to develop and print the photos doesn't seem to be too expensive. Now my ...
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How do I get a “Film” look with a digital camera? [closed]

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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Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels?

Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels? Somebody told me so today, and I find it surprising.
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What is “reciprocity failure”?

What is "reciprocity failure" when used in the context of film?
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What is the Orton Effect and how can I apply it to digital photographs?

I have heard of a photographic effect known as the 'Orton Effect'. Can anyone tell me what the effect is, what its history is and how I would create it in both film and on my digital SLR?
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Is it possible to do infrared photography with digital cameras?

I remember taking infrared pictures with a simple filter and black and white film. How can I do something like this with digital cameras? Or is this even possible?
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What advantages does 35mm film have over high-end digital?

In this day and age, do 35mm film cameras have any advantages over high-end digital cameras? I am thinking mostly about image quality, but sure, other aspects are interesting, too.
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What is the best negative scanner (35mm) for $400 or less? [closed]

Now that we are moving to the digital world... What is the best negative scanner for the price range of up to $400
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How do I develop black and white negatives at home?

C41 (color negative) processing is tricky and sensitive, so it's difficult to do at home. I'd still like to learn about film processing, and have heard that black and white negatives are fairly ...
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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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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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What is push/pull processing?

Researching nearby companies providing E-6 processing, I noticed some offer push/pull processing. What is it and when would I want it?
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What film rangefinder camera can I buy for a reasonable price?

I'm interested in trying out film photography and I would also love to try out a rangefinder camera as those seem to be perfect for manual focusing in street photography. Now, of course, the ...
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What's the best way to develop old, exposed film?

A friend of mine just found 3 rolls of exposed 135 (i.e. 35mm) film. They are at least 10 years old. He'd like to know if it is even worth taking them to the local hour photo lab but also if he should ...
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How do I 'break' a film camera in order to get double exposures?

Film cameras typically refuse to double expose on the same frame of film. Let's take the Olympus trip 35 as the example. They're cheap as chips and don't expose unless you wind on the film. What part ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of negative film versus reversal film?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of negative/print film compared to reversal/slide film?
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How to carry film through airports?

I had a business trip with some free time in the evening, so I took my photo gear with me, but on the last moment, decided to leave my film camera at home because I did not want to ruin the film with ...
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Where can I get 4x5″, 5x7″, or 8x10″ color sheet film (or other hard-to-find exotic film) processed?

Where can I get XYZ exotic film processed? See below! Background: I've got a 4x5" view camera, and I'd like to shoot some color negatives on it, for printing in a color darkroom that I currently ...
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What are the pros and cons of film and digital for B&W photography?

What are the pros and cons of both platforms in context of black and white photography? There are several rather subjective arguments out there (like "film has richer gray-tones") and they're welcome ...
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Do disposible cameras go bad if you don't develop soon after using?

I've just found an old disposable camera after a bit of a tidy up, no idea what's on it. On the bottom it says develop by 08/2010 so it's about 6 months overdue. Will the images still be OK to ...
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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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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 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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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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How to store and preserve film negatives and slides?

I bought 35mm dedicated film scanner (Nikon CoolScan III) and I'm planning to digitize old negatives and slides I found at home. How should I store and preserve these slides and films after I cut ...
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Is there a specific color temperature to film?

Recently, I was taking some pictures of the snow using Kodak Gold (I believe) 200 and Fuji Superia 200. When I got them developed, I noticed that the Kodak had a "warmer" feel to them than the Fuji, ...
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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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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 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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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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What to do with an old film camera?

Over the years, I've progressively inherited 4 different cameras from my father, the last one is a DSLR, so the three others are pretty much unused now. I can't bring myself to throw them away, but ...
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Is there a film scanner that can read the data from APS films and include it in the EXIF metadata?

I've a bunch of APS films that I'd like to scan but all the film scanners I've seen on the market today are 35mm scanners; and whilst some have little carriers to allow you to physically scan APS, ...
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Affordable Entry Level Medium Format

I would like to do some medium format work. What is a cheap but good camera to start with. I have several 120 cameras but which would be a good camera to use
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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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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 there a difference in dynamic range between film and digital?

Is there a difference in dynamic range between film and digital?
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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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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 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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Is it better to scan negatives or prints?

I've been wondering this for awhile now. Is it better to scan a 35mm negative, or a larger print from the negative? Which will provide a better scan? Does this change when moving to a larger film, ...
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Is a Pentax K1000 relevant today, and how can I get the best use of it?

I wanted to know what is the relevance of a pentax K 1000, a 35mm SLR in the present date. The one I have is almost 20 years old and I want to how can I make the most of it with respect to the film ...
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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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Are old reels of film useful past their “Use By” date?

I have about seven ISO 400 reels of 36 shots each, all of which have a use-by date of sometime in 2006. Are they useless now and should I just throw them away? Or, does the Use By date not matter ...
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How to preserve detail when downscaling scanned photos?

I'm mixing analog with digital photography — I tend to take better photos when I can't look at a small digital screen, unconsciously forcing me to take the picture before I shoot instead of checking ...
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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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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's the difference between Kodak's film lines?

Kodak has/had a few different lines of film. To name a few: Portra, Ektar, TMax. What is the difference between these? They're made by the same company, and have overlapping ASA.