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    Are there any side by side comparisons of drugstore films?

    Similar to the very thorough tests done on this page:
    http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2011/06...mparison-pt-3/

    Except with the inclusion of cheap films like Gold and Superia.

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    Probably difficult to do a meaningful test. Drugstore and own brand films are/were made by the big manufacturers, and the drugstores sometimes changed manufacturer from time to time with no obvious indication on the actual product.

    SFAIK all the own brand films which I've seen recently in the UK say "Made in Japan", which is obviously Fuji. No idea if they are just a repack of a current Fuji film, or an older version, but, logically, Fuji would not set up a separate coating run for a relatively small order. And I'm sure that hey would never deliberately produce an inferior or substandard product even under an own brand name.

    (I'm not sure that Gold and Superia would count as "cheap" films....I'd say they were the "standard" consumer films. Color Plus and C200 would be the discount store ones, but even these are fine for everyday use with good processing and printing.)

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    I suppose you are a lomo shooter. The best place too look is that famous lomography site, the review all kinds of film, not in a meaningful reproducible way beyond "pretty" colors. If you want great films use ektar/reala/portra etc.
    "The Medium is the Message"

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    Are there any side by side comparisons of drugstore films?

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    I suppose you are a lomo shooter. The best place too look is that famous lomography site, the review all kinds of film, not in a meaningful reproducible way beyond "pretty" colors. If you want great films use ektar/reala/portra etc.
    That was kind of harsh dude. And in no way helpful to the OP...


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    Are there any side by side comparisons of drugstore films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Modern Minoltian View Post
    Similar to the very thorough tests done on this page:
    http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2011/06...mparison-pt-3/

    Except with the inclusion of cheap films like Gold and Superia.
    Why are you looking for this info? Are you relatively new to film shooting?

    I only ask because drug store film prices are often HIGHER than high quality film prices if you buy online. So wondering why you are looking at the drug store prices at all.


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    Are there any side by side comparisons of drugstore films?

    I have been notified that European film at drugstores is WAY cheaper than it is here in the USA so my statement is only for my part of the world... Sorry for my ignorance...


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    Hehe, i was just about to comment on that. Germany has films for 0.70 €. Thats less than a dollar.
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    Quality-wise, drugstore films are all the 'same', as far as you would be able to tell simply by looking at prints. Remember, there is an Achilles' heel here with the transformation of the negative into a positive print: much can be lost or modified with this step.

    They might have slightly different hue relationships or require slightly different darkroom filtration but, rest assured, they are all high quality. Maybe they won't have the 'punch' of Ektar/Reala/Portra but sometimes you do not want that extra saturation. Besides, a bit of extra color development and/or exposure can work wonders. In fact, all color negative film should be rated at half the box speed. Color film is more flexible than manufacturers would want you to believe. - David Lyga
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modern Minoltian View Post
    Similar to the very thorough tests done on this page:
    http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2011/06...mparison-pt-3/

    Except with the inclusion of cheap films like Gold and Superia.

    hi

    i don't really have a very good recommendation for you.
    you might be able to do some comparing on your own by
    going to flickr and searching the key words of the films you
    wanted to compare. people sometimes put the film name + type + iso
    as part of the description, you might be able to do a search here as well
    the same way ...

    i've never come across any sort of formal comparison between the cheap films
    other than random commentary like "cheap kodak films have a neutral pallet, fuji films are more green "

    good luck !
    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    I have been notified that European film at drugstores is WAY cheaper than it is here in the USA so my statement is only for my part of the world... Sorry for my ignorance...
    The guy mentioned he was inquiring about Kodak Gold. Kodak Gold 100 is $2.25 at Adorama in New York. Portra 160 is $6.99.

    Quote Originally Posted by Modern Minoltian View Post
    Similar to the very thorough tests done on this page:
    http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2011/06...mparison-pt-3/

    Except with the inclusion of cheap films like Gold and Superia.
    What you linked to is the only extensive side by side film comparison I've ever seen on the internet of any kind. It is kind of odd. As much discussion that goes on about this emulsion vs that emulsion you would think someone would sit down every so often and do a definitive comparison. I see comparisons between one or two films all the time. But a big monster comparison seems pretty rare. I personally wanted some kind of monster comparison for B&W like this.

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