To take the thread back to its original subject, I've just gotten my first roll of the E-6 CR200 back from Dwayne's. I haven't shot slide film since I was a kid, so I'm not at all confident that I can discern much about the film itself, but I'm fairly happy with the results, all things considered.
It looks like I underexposed a touch; the slides look good when held up to a bright light, but it has to be a *bright* light to see them clearly, and on scanning them (or I assume projecting them, but I can't find the projector!) it becomes clear that some shadow detail is missing. The colours seem quite nice to my eye, not particularly saturated but quite realistic; I shot through a warming filter and I think it was more than I needed.
But the film looks pretty grainy, enough to impair the sense of sharpness in the images. It's a 200 ASA film, of course; I don't expect miracles, but it seems grainier than my expectations even with that in mind. Is this the same thing other users are finding, or is it a side effect of underexposure?
I've been meaning to try this for a while. Apparently it is a grainy film.
It was called SCANFILM because someone got it through their head that it would scan better and make "purer" colors without an orange base. Someone forgot that most consumer geared scanners including the ones on minilabs are set up for films with an orange base and its a pain in the ass to get correct results or even make a decent channel for a maskless color neg film. The other part about it being a color and B/W film had something to do with it being a royal pain in the ass to print an orange based color neg onto b/w paper.
FWIW, I've shot one roll of the C-41 film, and I don't recall setting up my scanner software (VueScan) for it to be particularly tough. The VueScan "base colors" were weird, of course, but the software handled the film just fine. I've not tried printing the film in my darkroom, so I don't know how easy that task would be. (Would sticking an unexposed frame of a conventional C-41 film in the light path help matters?)
Of course, all of this is irrelevant for a true E-6 slide film processed as E-6.
No doubt, this ISO 200 E-6 slide film on a modern polyester film base, will be my only favoured future 120 roll film for my medium format cameras. I like its very nice natural colors, and for its ISO 200, the film is as sharp as your lenses, with an very fine grain.