Thanks, but making images look faded is not my idea of "retro".
Originally Posted by Michael Talbert
What I'm looking for is emulating older film as it looks when everything is OK (not faded or compromised in any other way)
No offense taken, but I was in HS and college in the 80s, and one of my students commented recently, "wow, you've been doing this for 20 years!".
I see what you're at, at least a little better.
What about Ektachrome 64T or 160T, appropriate warming filter, and possibly a push? My original objection came about because I tend to think of a bright, but somewhat muted palette, when I think vintage (Ernst Haas kodachromes, for instance), while my 80s Ektachromes are comparatively bright.
160T, pushed to 320, will give you that quick shadow clip, while not being obnoxious on the highlights (I checked my old stage pictures, just to be sure). I look at those pictures, and am amazed that I nailed the exposure of slides using a match-needle
Spotmatic and opening up two stops off my hand (I'm paler than average). Kodak claims that 160T has not changed since around 1984, so that's probably a good starting point.
Personally, I'd like to get that 50s National Geographic look, but that's a byproduct of the reproduction process as well, I suspect.
There are several companies in USA that process old, outdated film... outdated processes I mean. They might possibly have a source for that film? maybe...
I think one place was called film rescue. That might help.
Are you processing your own film? Or making your own prints? I would think you could manipulate the film curve via processing. Either in the film developing or printing.
I think I got the wrong idea of what you are trying to do. But I also think that if you want to make a photograph look "Retro" you will have to do more than use present day film which has'nt changed in colour balance or been improved by the manufacturer over the years it's been on the market. There wil not be enough difference in colour balance for most people to notice. Some of my Ektachrome trans. I shot in the 80's I could pass off as if I had shot them last week! I used a colour negative film in the 1990's called ORWOCOLOR QRS100 (100 ASA) It was a very cheap film and gave a rather "gritty" retro old Agfacolor look to the prints. ORWO may still make it or an updated version - might be worth trying to find some. When I was in the USA about 2 years ago, I purchased a film from the "Food Lion" chain of supermarkets in N. Carolina. On the rebate the film was marked "Ferrania". This film gave a colour balance not unlike ORWO. It might be worth trying your local supermarket for a "Retro " film or use a film not labelled by a well known photo company, Private Label. There are many supermarkets selling their own "brand" of film here in the UK. You might get the "retro" effect you want on a "Private Label" film. Best of luck. MT
Originally Posted by fparnold
Can you quote Kodak on that? I'd like to hear exactly what they said and where/when
I've asked Kodak one time this question, and they said to check out their history page on kodak.com, the page didn't contain any such information, so I asked again and got no response, I asked again, no response the second time.
It seems Kodak just doesn't know this, which is hilarious, if Kodak doesn't keep record, or at least if one of their employees can't access that record, who can
If you had more luck than I please quote everything they said about 160T
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Ops, I just saw it in the other thread, nevermind
I have used 64T a lot, and was satisfied, but wanted to go even further "back in time", it seems 160T is even older, probably looks even older too.
I'll be sure to buy 5 rolls next month
I was employed in a photolab in Europe in the mid 1970s, my job was exposing and processing 35mm Kodak Ektachorome 64T, E6 process films. I was allowed to bulk load cassettes for my own use when I wanted. I used this 64T film with an 85B filter to correct it to daylight. I thought it looked OK. One day my boss a very old and experienced French photographer, saw me projecting some of my images and said, "My god that looks like Lumiere". He wanted to know how I had found a film with the old look. I told him I was using the film I was copying viewgraphs on that we make slides with and using a 85B filter with it. He and I shot some through the shops Nikon F Photomic with a 50mm 1.4 and it looked good, but not as good as mine had. He wanted to know what camera and lens I used. I showed him my Leica IIIf with a 50mm f1.5 Summarit. Because of the generally lower intensity of the light in Europe and the slower ASA of the film and the filter combined I shot those photos either wide open at F1.5 or no more than f4. The old Summarit was kind of soft when shot wide open, yes I used a lens shade. I found I could duplicate the look with a Jupiter-8 or a Jupiter-3 Soviet lens when shot with wide apertures as they both are old Zeiss designs. So my answer is Kodak 64T with a old lens wide open.
"May all your shots be Cameos"
I can't find the actual message, but i got it in response to asking Kodak online a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I got the Ektachrome fanatic and you got the Gold 100 guy?
Let us know how the experiments turn out. I looked through my old slides the other day, and realized that in many ways I miss the older, less-vivid, Ektachrome palette.
Hi, thanks, I've found the original quote in the other thread...
What I'm going to do next is try out the 160T. Ive seen some old photos from 84 and 85 shot on that film, and if what Kodak says is true, it should look similar today.
And if it does, that's the kind of look I was going for.