Finer grain in cheap iso400 colour film than in iso100 b/w? Really?

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by Emil, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Emil

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    Last night i printed my backlog of negatives from the last year, and i came across some colour negatives (a cheap kodak iso400 - store processed) and decided to print some of these too on b/w paper for the hell of it. I was stunned to see that the grain was an order of magnitude finer than on any of my carefully home developed b/w films! What's going on here?
     
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    There's a major difference between the traditional BW films and C41 films:


    • The granularity of classic BW films increases with density. It means that highlights are more grainy than shadows.


    • The granularity of C41 films decreases with density. It means that highlights are less grainy than shadows.

    It's far more likely to spot grain at mid to light tones.
     
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    C-41 has dye-clouds with soft edges. So while the grain doesn't look like much, the resolution may not be quite so great.
     
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    Nothing empirical but 400 and 800 speed C41 constantly amazes me.