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    some of us are lucky enough to still make a living out of hand-printing and processig. furthermore we love reala, either pushed or pulled it prints a treat. saying that the kodak portra/ektar and fuji films are great however limited the choice is, it's a case of quality over quantity.
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    Just because you find it inconvenient to get commercial optical prints doesn't make commercial scan/print output a reference for a film. There is huge flexibility in the interpretation of a negative when scanning and the correctness of the result (in so many dimensions: contrast, gamma, saturation, colour balance in both shadows and highlights, etc) is entirely up to the operator. With that degree of uncontrolled flexibility, you can make any film look like any other film; the nature of the film in question is completely swamped by the stylistic choices and/or incompetence of the scanning operator.

    So you can't go saying that you do or don't like a film based on a commercial scan. It's meaningless; all you're saying is that you do or don't like the work of the operator on that day.

    If you print optically (and it's really easy to do), you don't have that degree of control. There's density, colour balance and that's it. When printing optically, the true nature of the film comes through and you can make meaningful comparisons on the nature of different films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    So you can't go saying that you do or don't like a film based on a commercial scan. It's meaningless; all you're saying is that you do or don't like the work of the operator on that day.
    +1
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