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    Quote Originally Posted by hoakin1981 View Post
    I entered the word "current" because I believe some if not many have been discontinued in the past so I am referring to existing choices. As to the word "best" of course this is subjective but nevertheless.

    I am looking for a good color 120 film in case I decide to substitute Provia 100F for reasons of both cost and reduced DR. In my mind I would like to get strong saturated colors as close to a slide as possible.

    Thanks.
    I think that any of the big three should be technically adequate for you.

    Which one you prefer depends on you aesthetic preferences, and to some degree the subject matter.

    Just get a few rolls of Ektar, Portra and 400H and try them out i typical situations.

    I also have a weakness for Superia, but it's not everyone's cup of tea I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    Beg, borrow, or steal some Reala before it is gone forever. Seriously, this is one AMAZING film. I loathe Fujifilm, absolutely loathe them for killing it off.
    My main focus is Velvia50 and Velvia100 in 4x5 and 8x10. I won't buy discontinued emulsions anymore, I want to support the film that is being made to keep it going.

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    The thing about The Fuji Corporation that I despise is their public statements about their undying commitment to producing films, and within a few weeks they've discontinued half of their range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    My main focus is Velvia50 and Velvia100 in 4x5 and 8x10. I won't buy discontinued emulsions anymore, I want to support the film that is being made to keep it going.
    I doubt if the amount you will buy will make a snowball in hells difference, they'll discontinue them anyway.
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    OTOH, whats the point of buying discontinued film? So we can gnash our teeth that we'll never see it again?
    Nice work. You have a very talented computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    I triple agree with you there, especially with Astia. I have 20 rolls of 220 Astia left and 20 or so rolls of Reala, which I can still buy here in China but who knows for how much longer.

    I also loathe Fujifilm for killing off Neopan 400.......Oh god........
    This I agree on, oh Neopan400....

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I doubt if the amount you will buy will make a snowball in hells difference, they'll discontinue them anyway.
    Yes actually, I do... A penny is a penny, but if many thought like me about that issue, there would be more money coming into the company for new films and could be just that extra boost that helps get them over the next quarter hump...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    OTOH, whats the point of buying discontinued film? So we can gnash our teeth that we'll never see it again?
    Exactly, why specialize on something and study an learn it's characteristics full well knowing you won't be able to get more at some point soon, at least with currently produced emulsions you have a chance.

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    I admire your positive attitude, Stone, and hope that you are right... but these companies look way past the next quarter in making strategic business decisions. However the dice ends up rolling in the short-term, long-term product-line decisions are likely mostly already made. I think this thought may be underlaying Ben's wise comment.

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    Sorry Fellas, Reala is not missed by me. I never found 120 Reala pleasing.

    I believe that Reala and Ektar are dependent on the type of light in the shooting location. For California, Nevada and Arizona light, Reala comes out flat and cold yet Ektar loves the light around here.

    For more northern, colder climates, Reala might be more well suited.

    And it seems the Reala lovers are typically from those locales.
    - Bill Lynch

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    To experience it. I'm shooting Astia now so that I never have to wonder what kind of results were possible. I am always left wondering what Neopan 400 (in 120 size) and Neopan 1600 were like to shoot. I'll most likely never know.
    I was where you are a few years back, now I've come to realize it's a distraction, and I'm not able to totally learn a film, so I've been whittling away at all my old stock, chosen 4 films to work with (2 color/2 B&W) in all formats and that's it!



 

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