The increased cost of transparency film and rising lab processing charges, compelled me to start experimenting with colour negative film for the purposes of shooting stock images. I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of recently launched films such as Kodak's 100asa Ektar. As well as the superb grain pattern (or lack of it!) it appears that on contrasty sunny days, the shadows don't "block up" so much as they are sometimes inclined to do on some tranny films. The longer apparent contrast range often appears to give more satisfactory scans.

My stock library has made no adverse comment on my scans from Ektar.....and being as colour neg is much easier to home process than transparency, this could go some way to cutting costs at a time when fees from stock material have taken something of a nose dive.

Have any other stock photographers made the change from transparency to negative film?