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[filmscanners] Re: Kodachrome 25 versus?



From: "David Lewiston" <david.lewiston@verizon.net>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
K25 is no longer manufactured in the U.S. Is it still available in other
countries?
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Not Japan. I'm pretty sure it's ancient history everywhere.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>
If it isn't, then I'll have to look for another slide emulsion that is also
essentially grainless.

Recommendations, please?
<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Fuji Velvia 100F, Provia 100F, and Astia 100F all scan well with minimal
grain at 4000 dpi on a Nikon 8000, and can be printed at 300 dpi with
minimal to no apparent grain. That's only 13x, though. The 100F films
(especially Velvia 100F<g>) are surprisingly neutral in their color
rendition. (Well, Provia's famous for being a bit blue, but Astia and Velvia
100F are fine.)

I'm not sure about 20x enlargements though: I consider 13x seriously
excessive. (Hi, my name is Dave, and I'm a grain sniffer.)

I've been very happy with Velvia 100F, but you should shoot a few test rolls
before the trip.

David J. Littleboy
davidjl@gol.com
Tokyo, Japan


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