There are two basic kinds of photographic film. First, there is print film, when it's developed, becomes a negative having the colors (or in the case of black & white, having the values reversed), and second, film mounted in cardboard or plastic for projection onto a screen is often referred to as a slide. Additionally, It is often sold as slide film.
The majority of people who shoot SLR using color shoot using color negative film, then have prints made from the film. Rarely do they think about shooting slides...To most, slides are typically a daunting and alien province to them. Woe is them -- shooting slides isn't just for anyone, however it doesn't have to be a horrifying and intimidating concept, either. Shooting slides has distinct advantages...and disadvantages, Weigh the pluses and minuses and come to your own conclusion.
Film Speed Rating - ISO / ASAAll film and digital copies have a speed rating. Digital or traditional, you may see a number labeled ASA or ISO (both denote the film or digital print's rated speed). This ISO / ASA rating determines just how fast the film interacts with light.
Film speed uses stops, just like shutter and apertureFor example, going from ISO50 to ISO200 buys you 2 stops more light. Slower films are less sensitive and generally require longer exposures / more light. Faster films react rapidly, and can be used in low light situations.
lower numbers = slower films = need more light = longer exposures
higher numbers = faster films = need less light = shorter exposures
*Digital cameras also have a film speed rating, typically around 50ASA. Instead of purchasing different film for a digital camera, you just change the ISO/ASA, just like "real" film.
Film Speed vs. Contrast and GrainThere's a trade-off between fast and slow films called quality. Fast films typically feature higher contrast and grain. While slower films typically deliver sharper, more detailed images.
As the last stock of Polaroid peel-apart instant film runs out, Fujifilm is stepping in with a replacement for large-format photography. Fujifilm is finally making its FP-100B 4x5 instant film available in the United States. It has been available throughout the world, but due to copyright issues with Polaroid it was not available here. With Polaroid out of the picture, Fujifilm is free to sell their instant products in the U.S.
FB-100B is a peel-apart panchromatic film designed for large format cameras that accept instant film backs. The film is primarily designed for proofing for professional and commercial photographers. Image area is 3.5x4.5, and images are fully developed in 30 seconds. The film is available in 10-sheet packs which are currently available for under $29. While Fujifilm offers a 4x5 PA-45 Pack Holder ($205), the film is also compatible with Polaroid's 550 back—which, used, costs about the same as a new Fujifilm Pack holder. Valhalla, NY – FUJIIFLM U.S.A., Inc today announced the availability of Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 black and white peel-apart sheet film to the US market. Used by many professional and commercial large format photographers, the availability of FP-100B 4x5 instant film provides a practical proofing and testing solution to check light, depth and overall composition when shooting.
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