[alt-photo] Re: .. Restarting and new decisions... Need advice
joachim2 at optonline.net
Wed Dec 30 20:18:53 GMT 2009
I would like to add to your cogent observations that "Photo Technique"
(Jan/Feb 2010) the News section on page 5, is entitled "Instant film is
back." It refers to the production of Type 52 (Unfortunately not P/N55) and
mentions Fujifilm FP-100B Instant black & white film in current production
especially for the Japanese market, but available in the US as well. I have
no experience with these Polaroid anlagen since I laid my last box of type
55 films to rest, and with it buried a beloved line of work. For better or
worse, or both, photography is in a new irreversible age. Joachim
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Subject: [alt-photo] .. Restarting and new decisions... Need advice
1) If your P/N55 is frozen then the chem. Pods are probably toast. I
have little hope for the P/N 55 product being resurrected, I can only hope
that a true SX-70 replacement can be made.
2) Is the quality of a good drum scan from a 4x5 negative still so much
better than a digital camera?
David, IMO a good drum scan trumps digital sources, though at 11x14 sized
prints it might be hard to see. A digital back on a 4x5 camera can produce a
very high quality image though. A good flat bed scanner won't compete with a
drum scan either. Since you mentioned Leica S2 then I would recommend
Getdpi.com as a really good forum to discuss that camera as well as digital
backs. Those guys are very serious experienced users there and know what
they are talking about as well as being a nice rational forum to hang out.
If I could afford the M9 I would be very tempted.
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