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Article: Trust the Film

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    Trust the Film

    Thanks to APUG in general, for the road that I took, that has led me to publish this page.

    And a special shout out goes to Fred Aspen who over the past two days ran a test that proves that this is valid.

    With a little allowance for poetic license, I think film testing can be summed on one page.

    http://www.beefalobill.com/images/Ca...Shot-Trust.pdf

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    That's the way I always saw it.

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    Thanks Tom,

    I had no idea it would fit on one page ... when I started out thinking about ways to help people test their film.

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    Sure, Bill. I have my own honest truthful assessment of things. It's pretty simple minded, but here goes: In this world there are 2 things that can be used to shoot at somebody--cameras and guns. Why couldn't guns go digital instead of cameras and film?

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    Trust the Film
    A speed test comes first and then EVERYTHING follows
    ...for expired or unknown film agreed

    Especially when you have got no idea
    ...what the speed and development should be

    Sensitometry is needed, you canít fake from the middle
    ...the toe of the film tells the speed

    And the tests that you do need to cut through the fog
    ...since thatís likely the problem youíd see

    But WHO does the testing and how far should it go?
    ...it depends on the road that you follow

    When the film is brand new, the scientists at Kodak*
    ...work hard at the stuff that they know

    So TRUST in the film, speedís a real quality
    ...that is covered by their guarantee

    Just look at the box, see the number thatís there?
    ...set your meter and away you can go

    Now developing film is no big MYSTERY
    ...despite infinite threads that say so

    Take two pictures of gray, doesnít matter which shade
    ...one as metered and one bracketed two stops over

    Develop the film and hang it to dry
    ...take your meter and look when itís done

    If the needle dips one stop from one shot to the other
    ...that turns out to be 0.5 CI

    Now what does that mean? Well... on paper MG
    ...0.5 or a little bit more

    Can be printed in darkrooms on Silver Gelatin
    ...on paper of Grade 2 or Grade 3

    Bill Burk

    *I work for Kodak but the opinions and positions
    ...I take are not necessarily those of EKC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    Why couldn't guns go digital instead of cameras and film?
    My children use digital guns but cameras with film.

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    click

    I clicked your link, or at least I thought I did, and all I got was a Dinah Shore recording.

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    I clicked on the link and it worked. Snapguy must have caused an Operational Assisted Failure. Oafs plague all endeavors, but that is not important now. What is important is that your work is great.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    It WAS a Dinah Shore recording.

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    Thanks Sirius,

    It keeps getting distilled down...

    With fresh film and standard developer you don't need sensitometry.
    With sensitometry you don't need fresh film or standard developer.

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