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Hi, I'm probably moving from digital to film very soon (D2 to MP/50mm-Lux). I've been reading about the different "personalities" of the films, but can't find any clear comparison between them to judge... considering the problem of comparing film looking at a computer monitor, could anybody point to a webpage comparing the different looks? ideally it would have the same picture taken with several films, both color and B&W, so de differences in color rendition-contrast-latitude are more clearly presented.

I was thinking about Kodachrome for color and Ilford HP5 400 or 800 for B&W, are they a good choice?

Thanks.

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Kodachrome is a 'classic' Leica film, the only problem is getting the film developed. There aren't many places in the world that can develop it.

 

An alternative would be something like Kodak E100G, this is a standard E6 film that can be processed much more easily.

 

HP5 is a very, very good film. The other usual recommendation at this speed is Kodak Tri-X. In fact Tri-X is another of the 'classic' Leica films. For ISO 800 the Ilford or Kodak film will be ok pushed one stop, but it might be worthwhile trying Fuji Neopan 1600 used and processed at 800.

 

If you are using any of these b&w films I'd suggest developing them yourself. It isn't very difficult and is also very economical.

 

Feel free to ask any other questions you may have. There are a lot of people here with experience of shooting and developing b&w.

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Kodachrome is a pig to scan, if that's important to you.

 

Fuji Astia gives very natural E6 results, while Velvia is in-ya-face saturated.

 

Astia is much more to my own taste.

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thanks a lot,

I certainly will try developing myself in the future, but I'm taking this slow... baby steps.

For what you said HP5 or Tri-X for B&W, will see which is easier to buy arround here. As for color, well... didn't know about the problems of kodachrome, so I'll go for Velvia "in-ya-face saturated" souns good to me andy!! :-)

Can't wait to load the first roll!!

thanks again

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hi..

dont rush on valvia so fast :-))))

try different slides.. they all have their own fingerprints and character...

 

kodaks are great, fuji is superb, and may i add - the great agfa rsx100 that is not avaliable. was my fave slide once.

 

about b/w - be flexible... there are so many great films.. slow and fast....

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I took up film again this year with an old CL and recently with a new MP/35mm F2 Cron ASPH.

 

For home processing I am using HP5 Plus and have recently tried XP2 Super which a local mini-lab processes for me. I have to say I love the XP2.

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For B&W I really like Tmax 100. Shoot it at 50 then develop in Microdol X increasing development time by 20%.

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Love Tri-X and Plus-X.

Fuji Velvia and Provia400F for slides.

Kodakchromeas well via Switzerland[ ?].

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Don't shoot B&W, so can't comment on those films

 

Been through the gamut of slide films. Settled on Astia for all round color balance and realism

 

Occasionally shoot color print negs. Fuji Superia.

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A lot of things are depending on the combination film-developer in B&W.

 

C41 negative films I can recommend you the new Fuji pro 160S, 400H and 800Z serie.

E6 I am very content of the Fuji Provia serie.

 

Just some quick overview of some films and developers:

Fotohuis RoVo's Gallery - Home

 

Best regards,

 

Robert

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