I do like the fact that I can assign an ISO from 25 to 800 or more. I can load up a bunch of film holders (say all 17) and go on a camping trip and be ready for anything. I can shoot at 25 for cotton candy water, and the next sheet can be at 800 to stop every droplet. I just have to be sure to keep careful notes. Actually, now I keep much better notes than I used to.
I'm not experienced enough to be able to compare and contrast with other films. I have to admit that one of the reasons I buy it is because the Toronto supplier (no consistent local supplier of LF) I get it from always responds promptly to emails and has been very helpful. Plus - his street address is on Silver Shadow Path. How cool is that?
I do find that shooting at lower speeds I get terrific shadow detail, as well as highlights. Even the very thin negatives that resulted from cooling developer have detail right through the shadows. If that doesn't show in the gallery photos you can blame it on my printing, or my scanner if you're feeling kinder.
I've just posted "Thimbleberries" a print from yesterday's session in the darkroom. It was shot on R3 at 800 and developed in Rollei High Speed developer. The deep shadows do lack the detail I would have gotten if I'd shot at 25 or 100 and developed in low speed developer. Take a look.
The only way to tell if you like R3 is to give it a try.
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