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Old 07-03-2010   #1
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I may be coming into a Graflex 4x5 soon and would like to shoot slides on it. Any suggestions as to what type of film y'all like. Please post some samples if you will.

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I have been making photographs for well over 50 years, in that time I never heard of a 4x5 slide. they did not make 4x5 slide mounts nor did any one to my knowledge ever make a projector for graflex slides. We made 4x5 Transparancies, 5x7 and up to 11x14. But I never heard of any one
making slides with them. I hear the term slides mentioned but how to do it with large format may be difficult. Look for 4x5 Transparancy film. 35mm slides and 6x6 slides were often made with transparancy films. The transparancy was used for practically all photographic reproduction processes, used in the printing business. Call them "slides" if you want, however their real name
is transparancies or Positives. They are used in the color reproduction business because they are first generations. Color negatives themselves is their 1st generation, prints made from the negative
are second generation. Better final images are are the ones from the fewest generations.


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Positive transparancies is what I meant. I've never shot LF transparancies and am wondering if someone can recommend a specific brand/speed ect.
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What films do you already use and love? That often makes a good starting point.
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I like Fuji Provia 100F. Seems to have good exposure latitude. And the colors are truer to nature. I am sure there is still some Fuji Velvia around. I haven't used Kodak E6 films so I can't comment on those.
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I personally like Kodak E100 & Velvia.
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These days it may be more what you can find, than what you would like. Looks like about $20 to $26 for 10 sheets, mostly 100 speed stuff. Personally, I do not see the use of 4x5 trannies these days. Negatives scan better, and prints are cheaper. In the old days the prepress people wanted trannies, now they want digital images.

I guess 4x5 transparencies will impress your friends...
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if you have a 5 x 4 (oops 4 x 5!) scanner you could try the Tri-Chromie process. look for details here:
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Have fun with your new Graflex

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Velvia and E100S.....the Tungsten balanced Ektachrome is awesome as well....Also check out some AGFA Scala, if they still make it.....it's a superb b&w transparency film...
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Provia and Velvia can still be found. I like Velvia for its color saturation and Provia for more true to life colors.
You think 4X5 is hard to find you should try to find 8X10. Its close to $8.00 a sheet and the $6.00 a sheet to have it developed. But 8X10 chromes are just so cool to hold in your hands.


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