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  1. #1
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    Sep 2002
    S.E. New York State

    Requesting sheet film suggestions

    I'm looking for a 4x5 B&W film to use for still lifes in the studio. Aside from grain and tone qualities, I'd like to see good reciprocity characteristics for those 5 and 10 second exposures. I like Efke R50 in rollfilm, it has very mellow reciprocity effects but I wonder if I am losing speed under tungten lights due to its lack of red sensitivity.
    Anyway, I am wondering what others are using indoors under tungsten.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    Sep 2002
    Large Format
    Fuji ACROS is the best film for indoor light with very good reciprocity, no correction up to 10 seconds, but it is expensive.

    The TMX films are also very good but do need correction after 1 second. Not as much as regular grain films tho and the tonal relationship is somewhat different than normal films.

    Delta films IMO have better tonal relationship and have as good response to reciprocity as the Tmax films.

    If money was not problem my first choice would be Fuji ACROS, followed by Ilford Delta films.

  3. #3

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    Nov 2003
    I've been using PL100 successfully lately, as well as classic 200. Though I think PL 100 handles the reciprocity better. For a 5-10 sec, exposure I have not been making any changes and not seeing any problems. My exposures do not go above ten seconds. At least not yet.

    Any problems I see are my cause. Great exposures of crappy compositions, and missed focus do not make a good photo.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004



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