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View Poll Results: What is your primary tool for color?
Digital 57 52.29%
C41 color negative film 42 38.53%
E6 color reversal film 21 19.27%
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Old 08-08-2013   #1
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Shooting in color

Just curious... for those of you who shoot color regularly:

1. What do you primarily use? Digital? Film? Slide?

2. What is your choice digital camera/color film/E6 as your primary tool?

3. What is your primary output? computer image? print? project to a wall?
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Old 08-08-2013   #2
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By color film, I think you mean color negative
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And here's something you may want to change - I can (and did) choose both color film and digital - so this is a "moot" poll because the question states "which is your primary tool" - ergo - singular not more than one.

Regardless - this depends on what I'm shooting - if I'm being paid for what I shoot then I'm using digital - just easier that way - if it's for me, then color negs.

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By color film, I think you mean color negative
Yup.

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And here's something you may want to change - I can (and did) choose both color film and digital - so this is a "moot" poll because the question states "which is your primary tool" - ergo - singular not more than one.

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I do want primary only, but wanted to accommodate those who shoot multiple media equally; this being RFF, a single choice poll would have brought up the inevitable "I shoot both digital and film equally; why can't I make multiple choices on this poll?"
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Old 08-08-2013   #6
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Old 08-08-2013   #8
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Old 08-09-2013   #9
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While I really enjoy the process and results a lot more than shooting film I miss the quality of MF film.
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Old 08-09-2013   #10
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Fail to see how they're mutually exclusive.
Talking about MF film or primary output?
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Old 08-09-2013   #11
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Mostly I shoot digital colour; although I do like C-41

Primary tool:
for Capture - Canon digital RAW
for Colour Processing - LR4/CS6, sometimes with Filmbot or PhotoLooks plug-ins
for Prints - Epson K6 Ultrachrome ink set

Primary output: I print my favourites, the rest are on disk
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Old 08-09-2013   #12
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Mainly shoot C41 and E6, sometimes B&W trichromic which although slow I love the results.

I occasionally shoot digital for stuff I need fast, but while film is still here its my medium of choice.
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Old 08-09-2013   #13
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Everything I do starts out as color using a Pen Mini or Pentax K-r with an older lens. I then convert to b/w with Perfect Photo Suite 7. I have never printed a color image but I have posted a few.
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I don't shoot color primarily and so I didn't vote.

I prefer E6 over the rest.
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Years ago it would have been E6 and a bit of C-41. Now I am nearly 100% digital.

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Old 08-09-2013   #17
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I used to shoot E-6 for all my color, but since no one in Indiana can develop it anymore, and my Canon 5DmkII beats out any 35mm color slide film (and comes VERY close to medium format) I just shoot digital now.

My black and white work is all film.
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Old 08-09-2013   #18
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Not much love for E6

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Old 08-10-2013   #19
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Portra 400 in 35mm for prints & web. I just started with Portra but will develop & scan myself once I have ten or so rolls exposed. Still have a bunch of Velvia 50 and Ektachrome 100G in 120 that I'll load in the Rolleiflex when it returns from an overhaul.
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Old 08-10-2013   #20
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Well I just sold a D700 and have shot all my colour on E6 in the last two months:


Robert by Photo Utopia, on Flickr


Elsabeach1 by Photo Utopia, on Flickr


beach huts2 by Photo Utopia, on Flickr

Those were all snaps with a Nikkormat EL on auto with an old 50mmƒ2 H on cheap Agfa CT Precisa (Fuji) film.
Who know how much longer we'll have the wonderful colour of slides, nothing not even digital comes close to a projected slide–it's the one medium where film still rules; for now.
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Old 08-10-2013   #21
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1. Digital for color (mostly)

2. Canon 1DmIII

3. Mostly computer/web output

I've been struggling with this for a couple of years now. I love the output of color negative film, especially in medium and large format, but it's just such a pain for me getting there. I do my own C-41 processing. It's not hard, but it's not easy either. And scanning color film is so frustrating that I mostly just swear a lot.

I love making prints in the darkroom, but can't (don't) make color prints, so color film for me is mostly a digital process anyway.

Anyway, it's nice to hear what and how others are shooting when it comes to color. I'm continually deciding. It's like a full-on digital vs film thread in my own head!
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If it still were possible to get C41 developed around the corner, I'd definitely give that Kodak Portra a try (in the old days I used to shoot color slides). But unfortunately here in Norway you can forget about that: There are barely 2 - 3 labs left that develop B/W (which I do not need as I do that here at home). That's why color for me equals digital.
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E-6. I'm lucky to have a lab that will develop it for $9.99 and get it back to me the same week. As long as that service is available I will continue with it.
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On the good service note, I'd like to thank Peak imaging for their fast E6 turnaround (I'm in no way associated with the company)
I sent my films by post on Monday 6:45pm post and got it back in my hands by 10 a.m Thursday-cost £4.90
They even give you a freepost mailer to send future films.
It seems strange to me in the day and age of internet and postal services people bemoan not having labs 'just around the corner' but are quite willing to buy cameras and lenses online– a truth you just couldn't make up!
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Another plus for Peak, and note this is UK

Only issue I have is the cost, I know compare to digital

Trouble is I compare to home B+W with home made D23 etc
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Chris, the film and process work out to round about £10. I buy the cheap Agfa CT film that is really Fuji, Ag photographic have it for £42 for 10 rolls.

Possibly more expensive than digital, but only a little more than a pack of cigarettes, or a couple of gallons of petrol–just lifting up that transparency sleeve and seeing the beautiful colours is priceless and something I'm glad I've seen.
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Chris, the film and process work out to round about £10. I buy the cheap Agfa CT film that is really Fuji, Ag photographic have it for £42 for 10 rolls.
Thanks for the heads up

I had an urgent itch for reversal for a weeks holiday and just bought without in depth research. (Provia 100f is least expensive at Mathers BTW)
I now see the barcode of the CT returns as Provia 100F in this machine:

http://www.imageaircraft.com.au/DXsim/

The code for "real" Provia is different but of course returns Provia

I agree on the impact of the sleeve but I used to shoot 120 reversal now that was a wow.

My issue was I was shooting as sunny sixteen on an F2, luckily it was indeed f16 mostly even f22 but you forget how unforgiving reversal is.

Thanks again order is going in.
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Chris here is the first E6 through my Nikkormat EL just held up to the cloudy East Anglian sky...


NIK_0047 by Photo Utopia, on Flickr

Like you I have an unmetered F2 and several unmetered Rolleiflex and even a 4x5.
The EL will allow for some lazy snapshooting...
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That blue sky, in England, in the summer, a roll to keep

Can't make out the edge mark, that would be interesting. Provia 100F is Fuji RDP III.
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Color can be FUN in film

at the End of the Day... by helenhill_HH, on Flickr

but then so can Digital

a Break from the heat by helenhill_HH, on Flickr

at this point I shoot B&W in Film...Digital for Color
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Chris here is the first E6 through my Nikkormat EL just held up to the cloudy East Anglian sky...


NIK_0047 by Photo Utopia, on Flickr

Like you I have an unmetered F2 and several unmetered Rolleiflex and even a 4x5.
The EL will allow for some lazy snapshooting...
Absolutely stunning, is there anything as beautiful as a well exposed transparency!
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Two persons state their digital overperforms 35 mm slides.
For web, print or projection?

I use E6 mostly, and C41 when I buy a new used camera and want to test for light leaks.
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That blue sky, in England, in the summer, a roll to keep

Can't make out the edge mark, that would be interesting. Provia 100F is Fuji RDP III.
Chris and to think I nearly put the pola filter on, I'm glad I didn't

The edge markings say R100•060 and it is Fujichrome looks more like RDP to me those warm skin tones are very like RDP.
But at this price (£4.50) who cares! I just bought enough for the upcoming holiday.

Chrome film for under a fiver just can't be ignored.
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Absolutely stunning, is there anything as beautiful as a well exposed transparency!
Thank you, no I don't think there is a more satisfying feeling in photography than a good transparency, and the bigger the better...


tin by Photo Utopia, on Flickr


beach huts by Photo Utopia, on Flickr

But these are sweet as they are little 35mm frames on cheap film, once processed will cost nothing to view over and over.
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Plus I just dug out an old box of them, 40+ years, look like they were shot last week, and not all Kodachrome

( I refuse to challenge the digital brigade to return in 40 years and access the files, because I won't be here to gloat )
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Chris this is a shot I took of my mother in 1979 when I was 14 on cheap Barfen slide (Sakura) and to boot I developed it myself in a Photocolor chrome six kit

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