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#1 GoldSpider

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:27 PM

...and thought it could be a fun side project to use at a dark site.  Any recommendations on what film is still available to make this a worthwhile effort?  Thanks!



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:38 PM

Kodak Professional TRI-X 400/400TX Black-and-White Film



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:45 PM

I had a Pentax Spotmatic IIa, the first SLR to have a built in light meter if I remember.

 

Also had a Pentax Super Program.

 

Sold them both at a yard sale. :(



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 10:25 PM

Kodak Ektar 100 for color print and Ektachrome E100 for color slides.

Under dark skies a good starting point is 15min @ f/2.8 



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Posted 23 April 2021 - 08:38 AM

Thanks for the tips everyone!



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Posted 23 April 2021 - 10:23 PM

What kind of imaging do you have planned? I would recommend different films for different applications. Color or B&W? I don't shoot color film so, I'll be no help there.



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Posted 23 April 2021 - 10:55 PM

I have nothing planned, just getting a sense of what’s practical.

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Posted 26 April 2021 - 02:17 PM

Kodak Professional TRI-X 400/400TX Black-and-White Film

 

Kodak T-Max 400 b&w is somewhat finer grained.



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Posted 27 April 2021 - 10:05 AM

Acros is the only film I'd shoot for long exposure star images.  It has forgiving reciprocity failure characteristics and can be scanned deeply for great star cloud shots.  Poor Ha response though (think -8 stops for deep red).  

 

I've had great results with new Portra 400 pushed up to 2 stops.  Good Ha sensitivity, responds well to the IDAS light pollution filters to control sky glow.

 

New Ektachrome 100 also looks good through light pollution filter.  Push it 1 to 2 stops.


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Posted 28 April 2021 - 12:27 AM

I've heard and read that Portra 400 is good, also Ektachrome too.... echoing the above post. No personal experience with either of those, though.

 

 

Haven't shot any film in awhile,  but have sevreal rolls stashed in the fridge here for our old classic cmaeras. Our semi-local repair/developer closed up thier shop last year.... retired after 75 years -  so I will have to figure out where to send or farm out the color film for development., no big deal. In the meantime, I have an old scanner that seems to works okay.... need to try it again.

 

Film ain't dead, it's just lounging in the corner.



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Posted 20 May 2021 - 08:34 AM

Kodak Ektachrome is extremely expensive now and you have to find a laboratory to have it developed. Probably to mail it to it. I suggest black and white that can beeasily developed at home. Try Kodak T-Max 400 pushed to 1600 or Fuji Acros II. Kodak HC-110 is a good all around developer. Tri-X is great for regular pictorial photography but has big grain and lots of reciprocity failure. T-Max 400 or even T-Max 100 is to be preferred over it.


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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:44 PM

I have had great success with home C41 and E6 kits from Tetenal and others.  The key I've found is getting reliable temperatures.  If you already have the supplies to do black and white, you can develop color.




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