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    Developing color film and slides

    Hi.

    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly.

    You use C-41 kits to process color negatives (print film)
    You use E-6 kits to process color slides (transparencies)

    Correct?

    Then, if i have that correct, can you purchase any C-41 or E-6 kit to develop any applicable film types OR are there particular film types that need specific kits? Like Velvia 50 must only be processed by E-6 Xxx or Yyy....

    And, are all kits pretty much equal or do you have specific preferences?

    I want to try out color development at home starting with 35mm first. Better screw that up a few times vs learning on a $5.00 4x5 sheet!!

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thanks!!

    Adam

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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    Yes, Yes, and Yes.

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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    E6 for transparency film (slides,) C41 for colo negs.



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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Yes, Yes, and Yes.

    Some people have preferences. I don't.
    Haha...so it's yes, yes and just pick one and run with it....

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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    I'm having fun with the Cinestill CS-41 kit. I've done about a half dozen rolls of various films, and have had pretty good success. No outright failures yet, although a shot here or there has turned out wonky. Haven't shot color 4x5 yet, but that should happen soon.

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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    Quote Originally Posted by alt.kafka View Post
    I'm having fun with the Cinestill CS-41 kit. I've done about a half dozen rolls of various films, and have had pretty good success. No outright failures yet, although a shot here or there has turned out wonky. Haven't shot color 4x5 yet, but that should happen soon.
    So it sounds like you are already doing what I intend to do! I too would like to develop color but on a cheaper format than 4x5. That's the end game, but 35mm is a good learning platform.

    What film are you shooting and what do you do with the negatives after you develop them? I'm doing DSLR scanning/imaging.

    Thx!!!

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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamD View Post
    So it sounds like you are already doing what I intend to do! I too would like to develop color but on a cheaper format than 4x5. That's the end game, but 35mm is a good learning platform.

    What film are you shooting and what do you do with the negatives after you develop them? I'm doing DSLR scanning/imaging.

    Thx!!!
    I think only one or two rolls were 35mm. Those would have been Kodak ProImage 100. The rest were all 120. That would have been Fuji Pro 400H, and some Portra 400, and maybe a roll of Ektar.

    I did have to push develop a roll of the Fuji, because I set my camera wrong for my flash. It actually turned out quite good, and better than I had expected.

    I'm also 'printing to digital'. I'm scanning everything on an Epson V850

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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    My pet peeve is hearing or reading color negative film and print film used interchangeably to describe the same thing. They are not. If you are able to get 4x5 or 8x10 Kodak Vericolor print film. Buy it and have fun. It is a C-41 processed film that will yield a color transparency from a color negative. I don't think it is still in Kodak's Product line.
    As far as developing 4x5 or 35 in either process. Try it, it's just a little more chemistry. Are you using a Jobo style processor? Years ago I had a King Concept Image Maker Model 1. It too was a "one shot" processor. I started with an E-6 handline, with gas burst agitation (1980) and now I am back to C-41 handline without gas burst.
    Photography need not be expensive. You can improvise, a I gal kit of E-6 or C-41 is good for a certain no. of square inches of film. Did you know that a single sheet of 4x5 film fits nicely in a stainless tank (4 35mm reel tank). Keep the tank in a water bath when not agitating. Have fun. The hardest part is, getting started. The Epson V850 one day. bk

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