Help! Camera Idiots!

Sep 5th, 2003, 02:52 PM
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Let me add that it makes a huge difference using professional film instead of what you get at Costco, Walgreens, etc...

Unfortunately, with an APS camera, you're stuck with just a few general purpose emulsions.

For those of you with 35mm film cameras, order some Kodak Portra UC (400) from B&H photo. The colors are beautiful and the grain is minimal. If you order from B&H you'll probably spend less than you would if you had purchased the crap they sell at Costco, etc...

No special handling or processing is required for professional film, although professional processing may give better results...but that would be true of the amateur film also.

Give it a try. You'll be glad you did.
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Sep 5th, 2003, 05:53 PM
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I too am amazed at statements like "you're not really gaining anything by using 200 film". Well, I know what I gained. The same shot I took at the end of a 200 roll is far clearer and more vivid color than the same shot I took seconds later when I put in the new roll of 400. I think my 400 pictures are great. But when I look at the 200 pictures next to them, they are definitely better!!! I don't care what the experts say, I know what I see from personal experience.
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Sep 6th, 2003, 09:08 AM
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Glad to hear that you have had good luck with the 200 speed film, Patrick.

If you really want an eye-opener, try some of the Kodak Portra 400UC from the link I posted above.

Happy shooting!
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Sep 6th, 2003, 09:32 AM
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A couple of years ago I got a new camera with a zoom lense (upper level amateur).

Due to the zoom my lense was not as fast and the old reliable Kodak 200 film I had been using was not good enough for late afternoon in November.

I began to research and tried Kodak 400. I hated the colors.

I read comments about Fuji and tried a couple of rolls.

I'm a convert.

I took Fuji Superia 400 (ordinary consumer) on a trip to Europe last year and made enlragements up to 8x10. The colors were great and the film is close to grainless.

I scanned photos and placed them on my web site - (non-commercial).

Check the 2002 trip to Rome and Sorrento.

Remember, these are ordinary 4x6 photos that I scanned with a $75. scanner.

I'll probably try out Fuji 800. If I like the colors and grain I'll move to that.
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Sep 6th, 2003, 10:38 AM
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Well, one thing no one has mentioned yet is DO NOT put camera or film in your checked luggage. Carry it on only.
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Sep 6th, 2003, 04:37 PM
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Thanks everyone - lots of great advice! I think we'll stick to using good quality 200 for this trip and bring the extra disposables just in case!!
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Sep 10th, 2003, 09:53 AM
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WendyLee - 200 gives you crisper photos outdoor/scenery tho I've had good results w/400 which I find more versatile - indoor w/ no flash & outdoors. BTW I'm just an aim and shot person and use photos to remind me of my trip, so the difference between 200 & 400 is no big deal. If your APS camera supports mid-roll changing of film, it's not difficult just remember to use the same "unfinished" roll when you change film speed (clearly marked on top of film). The rolls are numbered so if you keep a photo log you can keep track of what's on each roll.
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Sep 10th, 2003, 11:23 AM
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I have an APS and there's a HUGE difference between 200 and 400 (seems much more noticeable than with 35mm).

You say you'll be shooting scenery and countryside -- that means 200. For indoors 400 is a must (but doesn't make for good enlargements).

When I need APS film, I buy it at Sam's Club. It's the best price I can buy where I live.
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Sep 10th, 2003, 11:41 AM
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Boy, that is a lot of answers. I hesitate to respond because I am not very familiar with APS film. I do a lot of 35mm travel photography ( I use 100 speed almost exclusively for scenics unless I am in a situation with lower light, such as rainy days or around tall buildings. Higher speed film has improved tremendously, but low speed is still slightly better for sharpness if you have enough light to use it. For versatility, however, you can get more out of 400 speed film (such as the excellent Portra film Jim Tardio recommended). It will allow you to go inside and outside and get good shots without changing film. I can easily change rolls mid-roll and do so often, I have two cameras, and shoot lots of film, so it is easy for me to switch speeds and not rely on only 400 or 100. Most travelers will want more simplicity than that. Again, not sure about 800 speed film for APS, but I have been using a lot of Kodak Supra 800 for low light situations lately and love it. If you take a look at my Web site, many of the NYC museum shots and all the evening Times Square shots were taken with this film. Fuji also makes great 800 speed film.

You seem a little uncertain, and you don't want to mess up the photos from such a special trip, so please get a couple of rolls of film and try them before you go.
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