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What to look for when developing black and white print film?

I have Ilford HP5 Plus 400, I believe this is one of the standard B&W films. I've developed this myself, but I'm not sure what to look for or ask a lab tech to make sure that they develop this ...
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How do you know if an analog film camera is still working?

So my dad recently gave me his old film camera. I'm eager to use it but I'm scared that if i buy the battery and film, it won't work since it's quite old. I looked it up on the internet and only few ...
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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 ...
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Where can I buy film for a Kodak Instamatic 500?

I have my father's vintage Kodak Instamatic 500 Camera. He took slides with this camera, of which I am now the fortunate owner (both the camera and the slides). I wonder if someone knows where I can ...
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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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Scanning negative 35mm: color accuracy, color balance, film bias

My question is about scanning color 35mm film. I use professional film (Portra 400) and a very good lab. I get consistent results and prints. This year i have invested in semi-pro or pro scanner ...
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Why do my prints darken too quickly in the developer tray?

I'm playing with a pinhole camera recently.¹ It's the first time I'm actually developing photos myself. On my developer bottle it says I should use 1 unit of it and mix it with 9 units of water. Also,...
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What is the difference between print and slide film when the target is a digital file?

I'm looking to take some film with me on an upcoming trip and am not sure which to buy. I don't plan on making physical prints of the photos, just having them developed and then transferred to a CD.
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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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popular fd/canon ae-1 lenses/acessories

I'm giving serious consideration to switching from primarily shooting film with a Pentax K1000 to a Canon AE-1 (and/or AE-1 Program). Is anyone familiar with the model? What are the popular fd ...
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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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Medium format starter kit for “playing with”

Ive been doing digital photography for quite a long time, I dropped into it right at the start of the "Digital Revolution" back in the mid ninety's, and due to the "free" nature of digital (ie no ...
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Flashgun for Nikon D60 and F5

So, I'm a massive fan of Nikon gear. I've got a D60 which is pretty lovely, and I've recently bought a 2nd hand F5. However. The flash on the D60 is feeble, and there's no builtin flash on the F5. ...
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Shutter speed calibration

Is there a way to determine a camera's actual shutter speed? If the shutter speed is a bit off is it possible to calibrate your camera's shutter on your own? I own a nikon fm2 film camera.
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Can I use a higher ASA / ISO with a point and shoot film camera which says it only goes to 400?

If I have a film camera (point and shoot) that only goes to ASA 400 can I still shoot with film that is higher ASA like Porta 800 or 1600? I’m trying to shoot at night? Mostly looking for dark tones ...
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What's the use of exposure bracketing in film cameras?

In DSLRs, exposure bracketing can be used to achieve higher dynamic range in post, but what's the use of it in film cameras? Is it practical to blend 3 different exposures (negatives) in the darkroom?
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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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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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Film processing problem – clear film

I processed a roll of Kodak Portra 800 today, using Tetenal C-41 chemistry. When I opened the Paterson tank after rinsing, the film was entirely clear – no frame numbers, no maker’s mark and worst of ...
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What's the most likely cause of grain in this photo?

I took this photo recently w/ an old Pentax K1000, using 400 ISO film, and an f/1.7 aperture. Is this graininess just inherent to shooting w/ this sort of film / lighting? Or, is it partially/largely ...
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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 are the results of developing slide film (E-6 process) with C41 chemicals?

I recently got hand on some rolls of 35mm slide film (Kodak Ektachrome), and was planning on developing them at home (bad experiences with photo labs). On a basis of budget, I wanted to develop them ...
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What caused these strange patches on developed film negatives?

I'm getting strange patches on film negative. Sometimes they are very big, but they also seem to appear along the border of the film. I've just CLAed my camera. MY fixer is very recent so I'm not ...
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Filming in a steam room?

I plan to film in a steam room this weekend for a cover shoot. However, I know for a fact there may be difficulties regarding the "steam." Any tips for filming in a steam room?
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What is this old film and how do I handle it?

This looks like a roll of film and was found in an old house. It is from around 1908. It seems to be wrapped tightly and almost was mistaken for a spool of thread. A piece of metal foil was loosely ...
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Help, Green fog on my photos?

I've just started using film cameras, so sorry for any terminology errors. I picked up an Olympus OM-1 from a flea market and it works great, but every now and then my pictures come out looking like ...
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Olympus OM-10 35mm - Film not gone all the way back into the cartridge

I've recently purchased an Olympus OM-10 off ebay, seems to be in good condition, only issue is I've just tried to unload my first roll of film (Fuji Superia 400) and I'm not sure its done it right. I'...
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Long term storage of developed film?

In order to retain the developed film, is it recommended to put the developed together with the camera/lens inside a dry box? Also, a stupid question: for a developed film, which side of the film ...
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How to make color darkroom prints?

I'm diving into the intimidating world of color darkroom prints (RA-4). I've heard some things (no safelight, needs to be the correct temperature, and so on). However, I haven't really found a ...
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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.
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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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Can we share mixing jug/beaker for developer, fixer and stop bath?

I have developer, fixer, and stop bath concentrate. To make solution we usually use mixing jug/beaker. Should we dedicate one mixing jug for each one of the component above? Or can we just use one ...
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Accidentally reset film counter to 0, what to do?

I accidentally removed the battery from my Ricoh RT-550 camera and the film counter reset back to 0. I was in the middle of using it and still had ~10 frames left... Does this mean I should just ...
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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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Is this blue tint because of the film or the process?

I have shot a roll of Ilford XP2 Super 400, a Black & White film that is developed using C41 color process. The prints came back with what seems a blue-ish tint at the top. I wonder why that is? ...
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What are the dark room techniques used to manipulate the *local* contrast of a print?

What dark room techniques are used to achieve effects similar to those of unsharp mask or "clarity" in digital post-processing?
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What factor does film speed play in developing time?

Say I develop for 15 minutes with a film that has an ISO of 100. If I were to use the same developer with ISO 200, 400, 800, etc how would the time (or amount of chemicals if so) change?
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What happens if I develop a color film as black and white?

As the title says, what happens if I develop a color film exactly as I would do with a black and white film?
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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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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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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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Best film and shutter speed for Mansfield Skylark

My daughter picked up an old Mansfield Skylark camera at a yard sale. Can anyone recommend a film type/speed and shutter speed for overcast daylight conditions? The shutter speeds are simply 'B' ...
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Why does blue sky gets rendered as black in black and white film photos?

I recently started using a film camera along with my digital camera. I took a picture with both the cameras. This one is from digital camera: Left is the photo without editing and right after ...
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How do I compensate for lack of exposure lock on a Canon AV-1?

I just got my first roll of film printed and noticed that some of the exposures were off. I don't know why I didn't notice this before but there isn't an AE-lock on the Canon AV-1. My question is, ...
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Tri-X compared with HP5 plus, grain

I have used Tri-X for a long time as my general-purpose 35mm film. I use it at 400, process in Rodinal (or a clone in fact) 1+25 and using the massive dev chart times (which agree with Kodak's), and ...
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What's causing this orange light leak, vertical band, from an Olympus OM-1? [duplicate]

My Olympus OM-1 typically doesn't have problems, but these two shots seems to show some kind of light leaks. What I gathered with light leaks is that orange ones are probably from behind the film. ...
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My developer went dark quickly — what went wrong?

My developer went dark in a few days, without using it... I recently change my storing pots. Is it the air or the darkness where I failed?
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Is transparency film (E-6 process) likely to be produced in the future?

Black & white film is going strong (with Ilford reporting, fingers crossed, year on year increase in sales and new film stocks such as Bergger and Ferrania being introduced), color negative ...
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Which DSLR macro setup to buy for scanning negatives?

First some background: I am a photographer who likes to use film negatives, and who mainly shoots 6x6 medium format (Hasselblad 500CM) and some occasional 35mm (Pentax KX). I own an Epson v550 ...
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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 ...