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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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How did my negatives end up upside down and backwards?

I am scanning 35mm negatives of old family photos and came across a roll I can't make sense of. The images are all printed upside down. What's more confusing, though, is that they appear in reverse ...
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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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Why does colour negative film have an orange mask?

I've noticed that developed colour negatives usually have an orange layer. Is this an artifact of an old printing process, required by the chemistry, or is there some other benefit to it?
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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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Has anybody ever taken an analog photo of a negative to turn it into a positive?

I've never thought of this before, but in theory I guess you could turn your negatives into positives (like slide film) by just taking a photo of them again --- "digitizing" but then with an analog ...
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Selenium to increase contrast?

I have been using selenium as the last step during negative development to increase durability of the negative. I was told that it can be used to increase the contrast of the negatives too. I tried, ...
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How was film developed in the late 1920s?

I am doing research for a story I am writing. If an investigator in the late 1920s privately needed to glimpse an image that was taken on a camera, perhaps a 35mm Leica or a Naegel, would it be ...
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Is there an effect of temperature on film exposure?

It is obvious that temperature plays a most critical role in developing films. It is not clear to me, though, what effects temperature might cause at the time of exposure. I didn't stumble upon any ...
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Identify old Fuji film from 1987

I have a set of old color film negatives that I want to feed to a PlusTek OpticFilm 7600i film scanner. The scanning software is VueScan (it used to be SilverFast). The main problem I have, is that I ...
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What is the difference between Kodak Tri-X Pan 400 and Tri-X 400?

What's the difference between Kodak Tri-X 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 Pan? I can't seem to find the difference anywhere, are they simply the same just re-branded?
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Overexpose film in camera, then push process?

My question: in general, what results when color film is overexposed in-camera, then push processed in development? I'm trying to wrap my head around color film exposure and development, and how ...
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What is a reasonable file format for film scanning?

I'm looking to use my CanoScan 8600F to digitally archive the photos I've shot on film. The issue I've stumbled on is deciding on a file format. Ideally I'd like something that is lossless but with ...
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How do I decide what film developer to use?

I started developing my own films about a year ago and I am having a lot of fun, but it is also quite confusing. When I shoot black and white, I use mainly Kodak T-Max film, and some Ilford Delta ...
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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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What is the best focal length for using a DSLR to digitize film negatives?

I have 24-85mm zoom lens with Nikon D750. I am planning to use this setting for digitizing my B&W negative film. What's the preferred focal length to use for this purpose? People talk about ...
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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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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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Do developed negatives lose quality over time?

I am considering scanning my B&W and color negative films. I will most likely rent a scanner for this. Many of the negatives may be some 30-40 years old. Two questions: I wonder whether the ...
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Would scanning the same negative at different exposures give a better result?

For a while I have got developed and scanned my 35mm negatives by a lab/shop. The quality of the scans is not satisfying me (a lot of noise and images are not sharp). I was thinking of buying a film ...
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I have scanned a film negative - how do I adjust the color using software?

I have scanned some film negatives (35mm) and have run into the classic orange color problem. Using the Gimp, simply inverting the color of the image (Colors->Invert) leads to a very discolored image ...
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My negative is completely black and opaque — is this a camera problem, my mistake, or the lab's?

This is the second roll I took with my Minolta X-700 which I recently started using. The first roll came out completely fine but the second one I finished came out completely blank. I didn't open the ...
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Green Fog in Color 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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Why am I getting vertical black bands across my negatives and how can I prevent this?

Recently shot and developed two rolls of Kentmere 400 35mm b&w film, using a Minolta X-570 SLR. There are thick black bands of various sizes cutting vertically across my negatives. They seem to ...
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How do I produce a microscopic-size slide for stanhope

Is there a way to produce a microscopic film on a glass slide because I am trying to create a stanhope. For example in the image shown below, the image film is around 3 - 4mm. And also is it possible ...
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Can I re-rinse developed negatives?

While printing this weekend I noticed my negative had a very visible dry mark. Can I rewash the negative, possibly adding Photo Flo and drying it again ? The negative isn't very old (1-2 years max), ...
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50+ year old ilford film

I recently found some undeveloped 50+ year old ilford films in my grandparents house. I sent them off for processing, but when they came back the negatives were just see-through with the odd cloudy ...
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Horizontal line across beginning of film roll

I just developed a roll of negative (HP5+, shot with a film Leica), and there is a horizontal line across the first few frames (like 4 or 5). It is on the negative, so it's not an issue with the ...
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How can I view vintage medium-format negatives (from about 1950)?

I have been given a box of vintage negatives from my late Fathers estate. I believe they were taken in the '50s and the size is about 6 x 9.5 cm. Is there a piece of kit I could view these old ...
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How was the cyan cast of C-41 negatives originally removed?

I just developed some C-41 negatives the other day, and previewed them with my phone on negative image mode. All the images have a fairly strong cyan cast. Looking online at other negatives people ...
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What do properly developed negatives look like?

In the first image is a roll of Fuji C-41 film that I developed in Caffenol for 18 minutes. They appear blank, but there are images on them as shown in this image. (They came out as b/w negatives) I ...
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Is there any good method to invert a negative image (duplicated with a digital camera) in Lightroom?

I made some duplicates picture (of negatives) with my digital camera using a bellows and a repro-dia. The image is obviously in a negative format but in RAW. Is the invertion function exists in ...
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Different result between scanning in Epson's “color negative film” mode and scanning in positive -> invert curve in post?

When scanning a 35mm film, if I let Epson's software doing its thing by choosing the "color negative film" mode, without any other adjustment, the resulting raw scan will be yellowish. However, if I ...
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What would cause these white straight but slightly squiggly lines?

I'm using a Holga 120n camera. I look this photo in my garage with my camera stabilized on a table. I noticed two streaks on the photos after developing it. This is the only photo on the reel with ...
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Shooting black and white on a color film

I am thinking at the moment of the possibility to take a black and white picture with a color film. I know that one can develop a color film as a black and white film (with varying results), and also ...
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How to remove orange mask from negatives scanned without transparency adapter?

I'm trying to create really quick, low-quality scans of sheets of sleeved color negatives for my electronic catalog. I am not trying to scan negatives in the proper sense (i.e. to actually produce ...
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Printing negative into paper versus Lightroom processing

I want to piggyback the excellent discussion here on the importance of the negatives to the final results. Given a negative, there are two paths I can reach final image: Path A Scan negatives into ...
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Sheet negative holders - How to ensure a negative is level?

I have about 20 4x5 negative holders, Fidelity Elite and Riteway models. I have realized recently that there is about 2mm of play in the negative's positioning along the 4" axis inside the holder, ...
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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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Why is the color mask of this 135 film dark blue-green?

In the late 1990s, I encountered an exposed cassette of 135 film. (I am not the original purchaser or user of the film.) Curious about what might be on it, I sent it to a lab for processing. I was ...
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How to get accurate color and contrast when scanning shots with no black or white point present?

To correct the initial color balance and remove the orange mask of a scanned color negative we would normally set black and white levels to just barely clip each color channel. This works fine with ...
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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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Has anyone used a peroxide-based bleach for C-41 or E-6 film processing?

I've recently been reviewing what's changed in film processing in the decade or so I've been away from it. One of the things I found in YouTube videos is that apparently there's now a way to process ...
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Developing Problems, maybe with JOBO developing tank?

I have been developing my own bw film for some time, so far in a Patterson tank and without problems. Recently, I got a used JOBO-2236 Club tank...I have used it a bit, but I have gotten far more ...
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Can I develop bw film with a c41 developer?

I have a c41 kit with all the needed chemicals to develop color negative film. Can I use the developer from this kit for black and white film? I am aware that I will need a stop bath and a fixer, but ...
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Clean film negatives heavily contaminated with wet paper made negative cases

I put my film stripes too early in my paper made negative cases. Even more, i put a couple of heavy books on those cases to quickly flatten the film. The result: the film got stuck - more precisely: ...
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What are the best Epson Scan settings to scan black and white negatives?

I am using Epson V600 as my scanner and with default Epson Scan app. What is the best setting to use for the app? By "best" I mean, ideal for editing with Lightroom later. For example, what's the ...
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Removing dust from gelatine layer of processed film

Apologies if this is covered in another answer, but I'm struggling to find something which is this specific. I have a single strip of film which has come back from processing, and I've been somewhat ...
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Trying to identify these negative sizes

I recently got my grubby little mitts on a binder full of my grandparents' negatives from around the time of WW II. I plan to buy a proper negative scanner, but while I can recognize the classic 35 mm,...
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Agfa Vista 400 reciprocity failure

I would like to take long exposures with the Agfa vista 400, but I do not know how to calculate for the additional exposure time needed to compensate for reciprocity failure. I have also looked up the ...