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    Efke 25 gives me the closest rendition as I remember it from the 30's. Its speed is similar, although a little slower. The pan/ortho emulsion also seems closer to the color interpretation of the 30's films.

    Tri-X did not come out until the end of the great Hollywood look period. My second choice is Efke 100 and then FP4+.
    For work other than portraits which is to be printed with any of the alt processes I don;t think anything touches FP4+.

    Freestyle Photo stocks all the Efke films.
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    The front element sounds hazy so that will cut your contrast and make your highlights glow. that is not necessarily a quality of old photos. they had nice clear lenses in the 40s and coatings. The hot light look you are talking about might acutally be a small light source look instead. There is no reason hot lights can't look just like strobes. And you can use round reflectors with difuse over them to have a hollywood look. Get the butterfly lighting going and put a bright light in the hair and a spot on the background. You might try using a green filter.
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    freestyle is here, but when i searched for efke in their catalogue nothing came up, i'll check again.

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    my bad, they do have them, that's very exciting!

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    You could try Franks Photo Lab in Van Nuys. I used them several years ago before i had my own darkroom.
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    Freestyle has the Efke films - and there used to be a custom lab in LA called "perfect exposure" or something like that, but I don't know if they're still around. There's always Cox, but that's quite a bit away (Sacramento, I think). Maybe someone at Freestyle could help out?

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    thanks guys for all the info. i did ask freestyle, but they really didn't have a lead for a lab, i'll figure something out. i couldn't find any info on frank's photo lab although i have not yet tried the yellow pages or call 411. there is a gallery called the perfect exposure in mid-wilshire area, i don't know if they turned into a gallery, i'll call them and find out. if all else fails A&I be it. it'd be great if i could do it all myself, but it is just not in the cards right now. the good news, however, is that i am dusting off this 8X10 baby. it has been sitting in a box for the past fifteen years. i never shot it before and have no idea when any one shot with it last. it was a staff camera at warner bros. back in the 40s & 50s. it is being revamped right now. it's going to be great to see light going through its lenses after all this time. also, i am dusting off my linhof 4X5 (i haven't shot that one for at least 3-4 years). i am really excited!

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    Grain isn't particularly critical. You should probably shoot what you're used to, if it's available. HP5, FP4, TMX, TMY, 320TX all work fine.

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