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avatar How much longer can photographic film hold on?
June 01, 2011 08:35AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- At Image City Photography Gallery, Gary Thompson delights in pointing out qualities of light, contrast and clarity in one of his best-selling prints - a winter-sunset view of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan peak shot with a hefty Pentax film camera he bought in 1999 for $1,700.

http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/31/2409032/how-much-longer-can-photographic.html

I have four film cameras I stopped using mainly because it's $9 per roll to develop (I've taken close to 6,000 photos since Christmas). I have five digital cameras of which three I use regularly and one (my dslr) I use 95 percent of the time.Kind of weird to now think of film cameras as a "luxury" relatively speaking, my developing can and enlarger are going to continue to gather dust for the foreseeable future, I found 8.5x11 digital prints hanging on the wall just as fine as any film prints.
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June 01, 2011 09:10AM
The process is still unique and the results are sometimes quite different, so that will keep it alive as a niche. However, for most practical uses film is pretty much dead. Hopefully people can start looking it as two different markets rather than competing markets. There's a place for both technologies, especially when things such as slide film are considered.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/dqniel/
Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?
June 01, 2011 10:40AM
I'm waiting for the day when I can get a digital back for my 4x5 field camera that gives me 100megapixels and costs $500. smiling smiley
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June 01, 2011 11:24AM
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I'm waiting for the day when I can get a digital back for my 4x5 field camera that gives me 100megapixels and costs $500. smiling smiley

As am I!
Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?
June 01, 2011 12:19PM
When I first began working for a color lab in Dallas the E-4 process was still used for Ektachrome. That was a few years back. smiling smiley
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June 01, 2011 12:21PM
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When I first began working for a color lab in Dallas the E-4 process was still used for Ektachrome. That was a few years back. smiling smiley

I remember processing E-4 at home. Had to hold it up to a bright light at one point in the process.
Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?
June 01, 2011 12:48PM
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When I first began working for a color lab in Dallas the E-4 process was still used for Ektachrome. That was a few years back. smiling smiley

I remember processing E-4 at home. Had to hold it up to a bright light at one point in the process.

The first roll of Ektachrome I processed at home was shot on a Hasselblad 500C and I remember I used a photoflood for reversal exposure. I'm not certain but I think the process at that time was E-3, which had some really nasty chemicals in it. Considering all the years I worked with various photographic chemistry I'm surprised my skin didn't fall off.
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June 01, 2011 01:16PM
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Louis
When I first began working for a color lab in Dallas the E-4 process was still used for Ektachrome. That was a few years back. smiling smiley

I remember processing E-4 at home. Had to hold it up to a bright light at one point in the process.

The first roll of Ektachrome I processed at home was shot on a Hasselblad 500C and I remember I used a photoflood for reversal exposure. I'm not certain but I think the process at that time was E-3, which had some really nasty chemicals in it. Considering all the years I worked with various photographic chemistry I'm surprised my skin didn't fall off.

You're right, it was E-3 I was doing at the time. E-4 was just E-3 with a chemical reversal exposed IIRC.
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June 01, 2011 01:48PM
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Louis
When I first began working for a color lab in Dallas the E-4 process was still used for Ektachrome. That was a few years back. smiling smiley

I remember processing E-4 at home. Had to hold it up to a bright light at one point in the process.

The first roll of Ektachrome I processed at home was shot on a Hasselblad 500C and I remember I used a photoflood for reversal exposure. I'm not certain but I think the process at that time was E-3, which had some really nasty chemicals in it. Considering all the years I worked with various photographic chemistry I'm surprised my skin didn't fall off.

You're right, it was E-3 I was doing at the time. E-4 was just E-3 with a chemical reversal exposed IIRC.

Dye stability wasn't very good in those days.
Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?
June 01, 2011 02:03PM
Rick, we're really showing our age in this discussion. smiling smiley
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June 01, 2011 03:21PM
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Louis
Rick, we're really showing our age in this discussion. smiling smiley

True, but I'm still younger than the OD.
Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?
June 01, 2011 08:48PM
I seem to recall E6 as the process for slide film. What's E4?
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June 01, 2011 09:25PM
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I seem to recall E6 as the process for slide film. What's E4?

E3 and E4 were the previous slide film processes. They were replaced by E6 sometime around 1976.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-4_process
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