All those years I didn't take slides because I wanted prints and getting them from slides was expensive and problematic.
Now that 99.9% of commercial prints come from scans, slides make much more sense.
I came back to film after the Kodachrome kill-off and in the last year of processing people were selling Kodachrome for $25 a roll. So I missed out on Kodachrome.
I tried some Ektachrome and loved it but now they killed that dead too. I bought 40 rolls before it was gone and I shoot one every month or two. I love to project them with my $30 Leica projector I got from Ebay.
I've been shooting 120 transparency film since Kodachrome went away.
But I have a medium format projector.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Do you still shoot 35mm transparency and why?
Have recently started doing 35mm Velvia again. When those morons who write photoshop filters that are meant to look like Velvia show off their work I can show them what Velvia is actually like. None of those filters are within 1000 miles of what it really looks like!
I shoot probably a couple hundred rolls a year, mostly Velvia 50, for nature, travel, etc. I have never been interested in post processing (traditional or digital) and I like making all my creative decisions in the field. I enjoy the final slides myself on a lightbox, project the best for friends and family, and occasionally have some published. I have a few printed and I like the simplicity of sending a slide to a good lab, asking them to match the final print to it, and getting back essentially what I expect.
By now of course most photographers with my interests have gone digital, but I've resisted so far because 1) I like film, 2) I don't like post-processing, and 3) FX digital bodies are bricks that I don't want to carry into the backcountry and DX bodies have few options with regard to wide-angle lenses.
I do like the new Portras for everyday family pictures, but if E6 disappears I'm afraid my serious film days will be over. Hopefully that's still awhile off.
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Originally Posted by jnanian
Kids in the equation, huh? You can have one passion or the other, but not both!
And...$20 for a roll of 120 E6?? I wold leave E6 altogether if it cost that for processing. What are you asking for additional to straight processing and no cutting/mounting?
Still, the revelation, however uncomfortable, that Velvia can be dipped in coffee as a substitute process is quite...'out there', innovative if you like. As I write this I can hear my cache of Velvia whimpering in the fridge...
“The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see." ~Edward Weston, 1922.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
well, 20$ was a bit of an exaggeration, but if you count shipping both ways ? who knows
maybe it is more like 12-15$ ... ( i have like 75-100 rolls !)
yeap, my kids are eating me out of house and home ..
and with the rising price of fresh fruit and veggies YIKES !
its a good thing i only buy fresh chems, i wouldn't be able to afford this rich person's hobby
unless i was loaded.
I use 35mm transparency film regularly (Elite Chrome, E100G, Velvia 50) and will do so until my Kodak hoard runs out or Fuji cease production. I adore the colours and I love the way the red colour layer leaps out when viewed through a mini-viewer. Projected slides are amazing and I doubt I'll ever get the equivalent resolution through any LCD projector or UHD TV screen I'll ever be able to afford. I like to hold them up in the daylight and look at the details close-up with my enlarging lens. Dare I say I really enjoy the smell of fresh transparency film? There's something mmm that I don't get from negative and b/w film.
I've had several rolls of Agfa VistaPlus 200 cross-processed to transparencies with some encouraging quirky results.
I'm new here, but I think I'm in the right place judging by the comments above.
I've started experimenting with Ektar neg film for stock. Slide film, especially Fuji is just getting too expensive (£9 a 35mm roll in UK, and that's without processing). ....Am also trying out Agfa Precisa 100asa, which is still reasonably priced. Since the financial return from stock photography has declined dramatically, film cost has to come into the equation.
Originally Posted by Diapositivo
Shoot more film.
There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong.