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    If I had to shoot just one transparency film, it would be a "standard" type, like E100G or Provia. Having just one is not ideal, but with one of those two and some creative manipulation (i.e. exposure changes and pushing and pulling), one could shoot most things pretty well.
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    Ok, thanks guys, there's a lot I have to consider. I'm kind of liking the Ektachrome E100VS right now. One thing I'm worried about with that film is the grain. If you look at this picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosemania/4299837724/ you can see a lot of grain in the blue sky. Is that the actual film, or is it because it was scanned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treymac View Post
    Ok, thanks guys, there's a lot I have to consider. I'm kind of liking the Ektachrome E100VS right now. One thing I'm worried about with that film is the grain. If you look at this picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosemania/4299837724/ you can see a lot of grain in the blue sky. Is that the actual film, or is it because it was scanned?
    It's nowhere near that grainy. That looks like a consumer 800 or 1600 speed color neg. film. You are also talking about 4x5, so grain is the least of your worries.
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    Went to Vistek in Calgary today and they no longer process E-6! I'm rethinking slide film altogether now... what to do with all the darn rolls of 120 I have. Anyway, this isn't helpful for your situation, but I do want you to think about your desire to shoot E-6. Maybe C-41 would be cheaper and more easily printed or scanned anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treymac View Post
    Ok, thanks guys, there's a lot I have to consider. I'm kind of liking the Ektachrome E100VS right now. One thing I'm worried about with that film is the grain. If you look at this picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosemania/4299837724/ you can see a lot of grain in the blue sky. Is that the actual film, or is it because it was scanned?
    No way is that the grain from E100VS. I have had Elite Chrome (the 35mm "consumer" version) blown up to 20x24 on Cibachrome, and while the grain is there, it's imperceptible from normal viewing distance (3-4 ft away).
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    I agree that's not the grain. Though it should be noted that E100VS and Elitechrome Extra Color at RMS 11 are both grainier than E100G and Elitechrome at RMS 8.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I would strongly recommend astia 100F, especially if you are new to slide film and uncertain about the lighting conditions (particularly the contrast). This is a film with neutral tone and a good ability to hold highlights. It also scans very well. Astia can also deliver pleasing skin tones.

    In my experience, provia has poor neutrality if color temp isn't just right, and none of the velvias have the latitude of astia. I do like velvia 100 for some subjects but if you have light peeking through clouds or reflecting off water velvia is not the right choice in my opinion. And neither is provia, because you probably won't be at 5000K in overcast conditions.

    Among the fuji slide films, my other favourite is provia 400x, which I like far more than provia 100F. But alas it is not available in 4x5.

    Put a 612 back on your 4x5 and bracket!!! Just a thought.

    P.S. And I salute your decision to shoot slide, it has a unique power and, particularly in overcast conditions, can really sing. Analoguers should be shooting slide like crazy right now- we don't know how much longer we will have it and it provides for some amazing analogue slideshow presentations... and amazing scans and prints too.
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    Treymac:

    If you would like to see what 120 E100G or the recently discontinued E100GX actually looks like, pm me and we might be able to get together.

    For now, this is a scan from 120 E100GX:
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    In my limited experience, E100VS has much less grain than that. I just got back a roll of E100VS shot on an XPan and scanned on a minicab scanner at 4000dpi - it looks good to me in the sky.

    This also might be of some use:
    http://www.landscapegb.com/2011/06/c...mparison-pt-3/

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