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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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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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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 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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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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What is “reciprocity failure”?

What is "reciprocity failure" when used in the context of film?
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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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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 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 like ...
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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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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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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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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 to tell if a roll of film has been exposed?

I have found film reels some with tails of film others not. Is there a way of telling if they have been exposed/used in a camera? Film types are for 35mm and one Kodak Advantix.
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What is the difference between an SLR and a DSLR?

What are the differences between SLRs and DSLRs? (I know that DSLRs are Digital SLRs but are there any actual differences?) Also, what are the advantages/disadvantages of both?
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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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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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How to clean 35mm negative film?

What is a proper way to clean a 35mm negative film stripe before scanning? What chemicals can remove fingerprints, dust that does not come off by blowing, or strains of glue? What type of cloth does ...
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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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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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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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How does a film camera perform exposure compensation?

I have a Nikon D3x, a Nikon F6 and a Nikon F3/T. It is my understanding that, on a digital camera, "exposure compensation" actually alters signal amplification, similar but not identical to changing ...
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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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With the same camera settings, will a photo always be exposed correctly across different cameras?

I want to do a photo shoot using film, but due to not being able to see the shots I've taken I would first like to take a digital photo, then recreate it using film. If I used the same focal length, ...
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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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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 tune,...
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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 have 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 a Nikon F5.
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Is it worth trying to process film shot in 1989? (Fall of the Berlin Wall)

The "Can I develop my b&w film a year after shooting it?" question got me to thinking... I have some film, both B&W and colo(u)r, which I shot the night the Berlin Wall fell at Checkpoint ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How did they post process before Photoshop?

So, yes, I'm intrigued as to how they post process pictures before Photoshop (or computers, for that matter) came about. Or is post processing a by-product of the computer revolution? My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I meter for film photography?

I am using Leica M6, in the manual, it said Expose color negative films for important middle-tone areas and never fear overexposure Expose b&w film for shadows and develop for the ...
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What are the effects of developing film with an expired developer?

Developers, fixers, and virtually all chemical products commonly used in film photography (or not) are prone to expiry over time. Nevertheless it is not uncommon to use expired chemicals in the hope ...
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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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Is stop bath necessary for black and white prints?

I got my enlarger and I'm ready to start making prints. For chemicals, I have Kodak Dektol Developer and Fixer; however, I'm missing Stop Bath. I've heard conflicting reports about how necessary Stop ...
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Film ISO and Push/Pull Processing

I am looking to start shooting film and have been having a look a different 35mm film. What confuses me is film that can be shot at different ISOs/exposure bias. For example Kodak says that Portra 800 ...