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What is the best 120 fomat film currently availabl

Started by Frank, 10/25/2010 10:23AM
Posted 10/25/2010 10:23AM Opening Post
I haven't done any photography for a couple of years and want to get back into it. I use a Pentax 67on my scopes. I have only one roll of Kodak E200 left and wanted to buy some more only to find that it is no longer produced.
So what is my next best alternative? Or does anyone know of a source E200 that is still available. I was thinking of trying the Kodak EKTACHROME 200 version.

Thanks for any info.
Frank C.
Posted 11/02/2010 09:39AM #1
Frank, I think more people read the Astromart classified ads than the forums.
I ran an ad for 35mm astro films a while back and found the mother lode.
Try posting a "wanted ad" in the classified maybe "miscell and other"
and see what comes up. You never know who went totally digital and still
has a freezer full of film.

Gene Roddenberry "took" television "into" outer space.

Posted 11/09/2010 11:00AM #2
If you can find the Ektachrome 200, go for it. Elite 200, E200, Ektachrome 200 are all basically the same thing, as far as astrophotagraphy goes.

Fuji Acros 100 (black & white) has good reciprocity, it cn be hypered, but it has low red response. Otherwise, it seems to be similar to the old Tech Pan.

Fuji Sensia 400, again, weaker red response.

Fuji Provia 400X, weaker red response, but good blue.

If you can find some old Fuji Provia 400F, that has great blue and red response.

I have had decent results with expired Provia 400F and E200 film (35mm), though my scans don't tell the story, my scanner is a flatbed. They all seem a bit purple to me, even after processing. This is from Fuji Provia 400X, the new stuff.

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Posted 10/24/2011 04:30AM #3
I just tried 2 of Kodak E-100 120 format films.
Both are slide film. The E-100 VS is no good for astro-photography.
The E-100 G might be. Here are 2 shot I took the 1 of Oct.
Both are 50 minute exposure,taken through a Takahashi TSA-102,
with field flatteren and reducer.
Don't know how this film will do as far as reds go.
If we get some clear nights I will try and find out.
These 2 pictures were scan with an Epson 3200 scanner,
nothing was done to the scans except to crop and reduce the dpi.

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