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    Kodak Gold - what to expect?

    I've shot slide, I've shot BW film.

    For color, I've shot digital

    I've printed optically some point and shoot Kodak gold two years ago, just for fun.

    Now I got two rolls of kodak gold and don't know what to expect from it. How does it compare to digital, to slide and to BW?

    How do I meter?
    How much overexposure can it take?
    Where should I expect the shadows to fall?

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    it's grainier and not as contrasty as velvia or digital

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    Color negative film can take quite a bit of overexposure (Not just KOdak gold). Just meter as if for b/w.

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    You should shot one roll as a test to learn first hand. Photograph a simple subject that is approximately 18% gray. Make a 'normal' exposure as per your meter, then widely bracket that exposure with exposures two and three stops to either side, with 1/3 stop increments. When the film is processed you'll see what the film can do far easier than what we will tell you.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    Almost all of the 35mm C41 colour I shoot is Kodak Gold 200. It is a bit grainer than the Portra 160 and probably has more saturation then Portra 160NC (I haven't tried the Portra VC in 35mm).

    It has wide latitude, and is probably better for most one hour minilabs then the Portra films, because it is designed for that market.

    When I consider older amateur colour films like Kodacolour it is fantastic in comparison.

    I am very happy with the results. I am also happy that it is reasonably easy to find, and if I venture down to Washington State, I can buy a package of five 24 exposure rolls from Walmart for $6.88.

    Matt

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    Cool. Thanks.

    I'll be processing at cotsco, so that should be interesting.

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    Good film.
    Easy to scan.
    Very nice bright colors, good skin tones. Somewhat grainy, but you won't see grain on 4x6 or 5x7 pictures.
    The film could be abused to some extent (heat, exposure error) w/o consequences.

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    I like it. As the other have said, it is a bit grainy but has very nice colors. It's tolerant of exposure variation and handles highlights and shadows quite well. Here's a snapshot I took on badly expired Kodak Gold 200. I think it exemplifies the film's characteristics well.

    aparat

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    If your results with gold 200 are "a little grainy" , it's being processed wrong...or, marginally so. The problem is, there are few places that'll do a decent job of D&P 35mm film anymore. I've found a lab in the next town that used to specialize in processing and printing for wedding photogs...now, he mostly does digital crap for soccer moms but can still do a really nice job with a roll of Kodak Gold 200 (or, Fuji Super HQ 200 for that matter!)

    Am thinking of trying A&I down in L.A....

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