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Thread: Slide or print?

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    Michel Hardy-Vallée's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Rahman View Post
    I realize the OP is concerned with Dynamic Range - but let's say we nail the exposure enough of the time (90%+) to remove this question from the argument. Is there another compelling reason to choose film over chrome? I think the quality of the scanning these days has leveled the playing field between the two sufficiently enough to make this decision a very tough one.
    Actually, the "dynamic range" question does not automatically disappear if you achieve proper exposure (however you may define it). Slide film cannot handle the same subject brightness range than negative film does. Too much contrast, and you lose detail either in the highlights or the shadow, depending on how you expose. For the same scene, a negative will hold detail everywhere.

    Of course, you have to be able to print that detail afterwards, and soft-contrast RA-4 papers are not easy to come by nowadays.

    In analog, the choice is clear: print from negs, project slides, and if you are a bit more adventurous, you can print Ilfochromes. If you are really adventurous and meticulous, you can make internegatives/interpositives to mix and match source and output media.

    The digital intermediate is blurring the old boundaries. I started this thread on HybridPhoto a few days ago on printing from slides v. from negs:
    Last edited by Michel Hardy-Vallée; 03-18-2008 at 04:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    Using film since before it was hip.

    "One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11

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