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RE: Film Of Choice?

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Posted by Kip Crawford on October 10, 2000 23:56:42 UTC

Before I say anything in the emulsion film dept. have you considered trying slide film? It`s actually a better choice than using negative film. The printing process is eliminated in slide film development. I like it better than emulsion film. Now...print film you have a wide area of choices. Just about any color film will work if exposed correctly. The Kodak Royal Gold series (200,400,1000) does just fine. Even the 400 Max will do just fine. Fuji 400, 800 does great and captures reds and blues quite well. I use Fuji 400 or 800 on Nebulas specificlly. On longer shots (5 to 20 minutes) with fainter objects like distant galaxies I have used Fuji 1600. That film is a little granier than most, but it really captures color very well. Good film for Pleiades (M45), it will capture the bluish reflection nebula good. The Professional print film like PJM or PPK have been discontinued. 2-5 minute exposures (on my barndoor) with Kodak Royal Gold 1000 is in my opinion fantastic. If you decide to use 200 film (very fine grain) you`ll have to expose just a little longer, but if the print comes out well, you can blowup the print to a 8x10. If you use 400 film on faint fuzzies, you can ask the photo lab to push process by 2. This increases the f-stop value. I recommend getting some books on the subject that can help you out. One more thing..those "store" brand films...don`t use them. They are cheap imitations of good film. Stay with name brand films such as Kodak, Fuji and Konica. Good Luck!

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