In addition to the hybrid-workflow processes mentioned by jslabovitz, I don't like the short lifetime of colour print film. I'm mainly a b&w shooter, and I've gotten used to the idea that both prints and negatives should be hanging around in good condition for a hundred years or so if properly cared for. I'm not sure what the realistic lifetime of E-6 materials is in practice, but it's got to be longer than C-41.
Also, medium-format transparencies just look delicious.
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My "slide projectors" are my Apple TV and Mac Mini connected to a 1080p projector.
Originally Posted by Kiron Kid
Absolutely. The impact of a well-exposed, projected slide cannot be overstated.
Originally Posted by Kiron Kid
I have always enjoyed slide film, until i tried ektar 100, i really like the latitude of the negative film, really dont have to worry about blanked out shadows on sunny days, though i do like the colors better with the slide film, oh well you cant have it all i suppose
"Why thats one of those old black and white cameras aint it?"
Did you try RA-4 printing? It's a different experience.
Originally Posted by jslabovitz
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This, but I like projecting too. I shoot slide film because I drop it off, and when it comes back I have slides. They don't need scanned, printed, or color corrected. I don't have to feel guilty about not scanning them or printing them. It's a black box-- exposure in, slides out. For me, color is about snapshots and vacation photos. Slide film does this perfectly for me.
So, my reason for using slide film isn't about projection at all, but about the "feel" of the colors, ease of scanning, and the more accurate rendition.
I shoot a fair amount of color negative film, but I do some slides. I have two slide projectors.
I don't care much for post-processing, whether in a computer or a darkroom, so E-6 and in-camera adjustments have always been what gives me full control over my images. That plus the impact of a projected slide have kept me shooting it for my serious stuff, although I love the newer C-41s for family shots and messing around (it helps to have a local pro lab that makes great prints). I also sell some work and more publishers still prefer slides over color prints.
From my point of view, slides offer the greatest total number of output options. Yes, the range of the scene has to be just right and the exposure latitude is smaller, but notwithstanding those constraints, which are really minor if a person knows what he/she is doing with a meter, slides can be used to...
1) ... generate enlarged b&w negs in one easy step
2) ... make polaroid/fuji image and/or emulsion transfers (which is much more controllable and reproducible than shooting straight to the instant film)
3) ... make ilfochromes
4) ... scan and get very, very smooth and high resolution results for hybrid techniques
5) ... relish the slides on a light table
6) ... last but not least, impress the living daylights out of the audience of a slideshow, most members of which will have never seen anything better than 800 pixel output from powerpoint run through a low-end projector
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Are publishers still preferring slides? The last few shots that I've sold to publications, wanted a high res scan. Not a slide or print. I suppose if I had a high quality dedicated film scanner, I'd burn more slide film. They really do look great on the light table or projected.
Originally Posted by Stephen Schoof