Film brand and characteristics comparison

    • Transparency
      • Fuji Velvia 50
      • Fuji Velvia 100
      • Fuji Velvia 100f
      • Fuji Provia 100
      • Fuji Astia 100
      • Kodak E100G
      • Kodak E100VS
    • Negatives
      • Kodak Ektar 100
      • Kodak Portra 160NC
      • Kodak Portra 160VC
      • Fuji Pro160S
      • Kodak Portra 400NC

C-41 color developed BW film

Develop Negative

Sub-200-Dollar Film Developing Kit:

  • 1x patterson super system 4 universal developing tank for 2 135mm or 1 120mm film (2 plastic reels)
  • 1x patterson 1L measuring cylinder
  • 1x dark changing bag
  • 1x thermometer
  • 1x stringe
  • 2x glass bottles for storage
  • 4x film clips


  • Ilford Hypam rapid fixer
  • Ilford Stop bath
  • Ilford wetting agent

Film ot Digial:

  • Canoscan 9000F 35/120mm Film Scanner


  • Ruby at peninsular
  • estimated cost for dark bag S$20;dev tank $ 30~50
  • chemicals , dev $ 10 fix $ 10 stop bath $ 10
  • a supplier @ middle street. Sin cheong. 3rd floor
    • Enterprise House, Middle Road. Tel:63363244
  • IKEA
    • thermometer (meat thermometer), funnels, storage bottles, measuring beaker (less than $20)

Negative to Digital

Film type and develop chemicals

Photographic film

  • typical Slide film use E-6 chemical
  • typical Negative film (color) use C41 chemical
  • typical Black and White film use ?? chemical (some can use the color C41)

Fujichrome color reversal (slide) films.

  • Velvia: one of the most saturated and fine-grained slide films, valued by nature and landscape photographers.
  • Provia: a slide film giving more natural colors than Velvia.
  • Astia: a fined grained, low contrast slide film often used for studio or portrait applications.
  • Sensia: a low-contrast consumer slide film; the current emulsion is considered to be identical or near-identical to Astia in the professional line.[9][10]
  • Fortia: consumer slide film, featuring extremely vivid color rendering suitable for flower photography and other high-saturation applications (for Japanese market).

Fujicolor color negative (print) films.

  • Fujicolor Pro 160S, 160C, 400H, and 800Z (formerly NPS, NPC, NPH, and NPZ): Professional films with different levels of contrast.
  • Reala: the first film to use the fourth cyan-sensitive layer, currently sold under Superia Reala name.
  • Superia: intended for snapshots.
  • Press: Cut from the same emulsion stock as Superia, but cold stored and sold as a professional film.

Fuji Neopan Professional black & white negative film.

  • Neopan SS: ISO 100 film, most common and least expensive Neopan film
  • Neopan ACROS: ISO 100 film, finer grain than SS but usually more expensive
  • Neopan Presto: ISO 400 speed film
  • Neopan Super Presto: ISO 1600 for low-light shooting or fast action

Get a Scanner or a Macro lens for digitize film

  • a dedicate film scanner: easy setup and good result
  • a macro lens or a macro setup with digital camera: cheap setup and fast result
  • How much scanner DPI do you need
    • for 135mm film size (about 1×1.5 inch size, ), a 1200 dpi scanner get 1200×1800 resolution (2MP, good for 4R size print)
    • so a good 4800 dpi scanner will give you 32 MP (a decent A2 size print), ideally.
    • scanner with dip like 6400 and above, you need a fine detail film to pull out more resolution, like 6400×9600 (like A1 size)
  • 135mm film vs 6×4.5,6×6,6×7 medium format film,
    • so with scanner, 6×7 film gives 5 times the resolution of 135mm film for the area size (bigger than 300dpi A0 size)

Additional reading:

(1 inch = 2.54 cm)

film size 3.6×2.4cm 6×4.5cm 6x6cm 6x7cm 6x9cm 4×5 in (102×127 mm)
4800 dpi scan 6803×4535 11338×8503 11338×11338 13228×11338 17007×11338 24000×19200
(MP equiv.) 30.8MP 96.4MP 128.5MP 150 MP 192.8MP 460.8MP
300 dpi print (16x) 57.6*38.4cm 96*72cm 96*96cm 112*96cm 144*96cm 203*163cm
(paper size appr.) A2 A0 2A0 4A0
(paper size appr.) 59.4 x 42 cm 119 x 84 cm 168 x 119 cm 237.8 x 168.2 cm

  • you get maximum as much MP as your camera sensor, after crop the edge, roughly 80% of your digital camera MP
  • make sure you shoot bright and perpendicular to the film plane, then you get a good print.
  • macro setup option:
  • DSLR way
    • a macro lens and tripod (DSLR)
    • a 50mm lens and a extension tube (DSLR)
  • a compact camera in macro mode (compact digital camera)
    • good as less depth of field blur, easy to focus

From Negative to Normal Color Photo

  • in Photo Editing software (like Photoshop), do these steps in color adjustment
    1. invert (color)
    2. adjust white balance (shift to blue or red) for correct color
    3. adjust level or curve for exposure

Scanner clean

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  • Last modified: 2023/01/07 15:18
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