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How capable with slide films?
Old 05-09-2006   #1
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How capable with slide films?

I'm applying for a camera club membership where most of the photo shoots require using slide films. Since I don't have a film SLR, I'm planning to use my Yashica 35 GSN
with most of the photo assignments. How capable is it with shooting slide films? What pointers can you give me? Thanks
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Gerardo: If the shutter speeds are approximately OK, you should not have any trouble. I did some experimenting with slide film and old frangefinder lenses, and the results are quite good. Here is a link for a photo taken with a pre-war Elmar 50mm/3.5 lens and Velvia 50 slide film. The rangefinder camera allowed me to handhold a long exosure that would have been more difficult to handle with a SLR camera.

http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4249799
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I took all of these photos with a Yashica GSN and Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. I think they're quite acceptable, what do you think of them?

http://www.growlery.com/kenosha/

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I used to have one years ago,and have begun shooting again with one-I can tell you that the automatic exposure works extremely well with slide films. See the Yashica-Guy for info on this camera-it was quite something in its day,and still holds up well. The lens is first rate.

I suggest that you shoot a test roll-a real test,not just random shooting.

Load slide film and find a large white object with some discernible texture-a rough white washed fence for example. Set the camera on a tripod in front of it on a clear sunny day.
The light should be at an angle to the fence. If the sky is blue,with white clouds,so much the better,but let the sky fill no more than a 1/4 of the upper frame.

Set the f/stop at f:16. Bracket by taking a shot at each ASA/ISO setting-with 100 speed film,,shoot f:16 at 25-32-50-64-80-100-125-160-200-250-320. Make sure that you did this accurately by writing the ASA/ISO numbers on a card which you will affix to the fence.

When the film comes back,examine with a loupe or project it-the "correct exposure" will be where the texture is noticable. Use thatASA/ISO number

Important-the battery you will be using in the Yashica will probably not be the PX32,but substitutes,like the PX 28 which may give different results,so I reccomend testing for all Electro users.

Perhaps someone can refine my explanation,because this "textured white" test is easy enough to do with a completely manual camera,but perhaps not as accurate with a camera that "thinks for itself"

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I shot slide film with my GSN results were perfect. Those things have some great meters in there!
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Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences with slide film in a Yashica GSN.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bmattock
I took all of these photos with a Yashica GSN and Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. I think they're quite acceptable, what do you think of them?

http://www.growlery.com/kenosha/

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you wasted Velvia film on pictures of Kenosha? LOL (sorry Bill.. Kenosha is kinda considered the Detroit of Wisconsin)

nice shots, tho
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Quote:
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you wasted Velvia film on pictures of Kenosha? LOL (sorry Bill.. Kenosha is kinda considered the Detroit of Wisconsin)

nice shots, tho
Well, I lived in Kenosha and Sturtevant (smaller town stuck on the edge of Racine) for most of six years back in the early 1990's. Worked in Gurnee and Northbrook, IL. I lived very close to the AMC plant where they had made Jeep engines for many years.

I liked it fine. Kenosha's downtown was old and run-down, but so it Wilson NC, where I live now. And Kenosha seems to be rebounding, which Wilson has never done.

When I moved there, I noticed how many bars there are. Seems there is one on every street corner, and another in the middle of the block in case you can't make it from on end of the street to another. Just the opposite of what I see here in NC (all churches, and no bars). When I met people, they'd ask me what bar I go to by way of introduction - the assumption being that everybody had a local watering hole of preference.

Anyway, Kenosha's fine. I never had a problem with it. And you can still buy a nice house there for $80,000 and work in Illinois and pay Wisconsin taxes. Heck of a deal.

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