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Medium format advise please.

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by trinity, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    What does "developed on a 5x5" mean? Do you mean that they were printed that size? If so, who did it? It might just be bad printing. In particular, a lot of labs now print B&W by scanning the film and printing on colour paper, which does tend to produce low contrast images.

    In answer to your other question: you won't see all that much difference between 35mm and Medium format at 5 x 5. By 8 x 10 the difference will be very clear.
  2. DS2

    DS2 Well-Known Member

    Hi David,

    Developed on 5X5 means that the square imsge of a 6x6 format negative was printed to that particular size. As long the image is square and the camera is a 6x6 medium format,some photo finisher can do this.

    No, you don't see a difference at all between 35mm and medium format printed at 5x5.

  3. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Well, we are all assuming that you mean you have 5x5 inch prints. Maybe you have a contact sheet - each frame is actually 5.6x5.6cm and perhaps you mean roughly 5x5 cm - please confirm.

    Either way, getting a contact sheet or enprints must be seen as getting a rough proof of what you've shot and MF quality only becomes apparent when you treat each frame individually and work on them yourself in your own darkroom. Comparing proofs of a small size and where all images has been given an average printing exposure reveals little. This is an aspect that is often overlooked - simply having a MF camera doesn't transform your photography - there is an awful lot to be gained from it but you have to put a lot more into it as well.
  4. DS2

    DS2 Well-Known Member

    Hi David,

    Yes, I meant 5x5 inch prints...sorry for not being specific.

  5. Blad_the_paler

    Blad_the_paler Well-Known Member

    This is really a question of film and could be processing. If you are using black and white film in the SQA then you ought to be using Kodak Tri-X processed in D76 at 1+1. This film has so much clout it takes your breath away. It is the sharpest mono film I have ever used and is truly amazing. If you are using colour slide, it may well be your processing lab. Stale chemicals give stale colour casts and low punch. If you're using a colour negative film, why...???

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