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What brand and speed film is best for the Nikon N55 camera?

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12/23/2007 2:07:26 PM

Alan N. Marcus   Hi Lynn,

Kodak Gold 200 or Fuji 200 Superia both are color negative films. After taking the pictures you must take them to a photofinishing lab. The lab will develop the pictures and make prints. Choose 4 x 6 size prints on glossy paper. Color negative film is the best choice as you learn how to take pictures. Color negative film is very forgiving.

The lab will develop the film and return to you the color negatives. They will make prints on paper from each negative. The machine that makes the prints examines each negative just before it makes a print. The machine is looking for errors in exposure and it will apply a correction that will greatly improve the resulting pictures.

You should ask the clerk at the lab to look at the pictures with you. That way he/she will be able to give you some advice as to how to improve your picture taking skills.

Have fun with your new hobby and happy holidays.

Alan Marcus

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12/23/2007 11:38:20 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  What will you be shooting?

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12/24/2007 2:01:56 AM

Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Hi, Lynn. The best color I have ever gotten is from Fuji Velvia color reversal (slide) film. The color saturation is amazing when you get your exposure spot on. Though slide film does not cover as much range in luminance as negative film does, in a lower contrast subject it's hard to beat (IMHO). If you want to bypass the slides then I have had some great color results from plain old Fujifilm. I generally like to drop my exposure from 1/2 to one stop to enrich the hues somewhat but in any event, negative film will cover a greater range of luminance and provide ample saturation if you learn its capabilities. Experiment with your film and see what different types of exposure do. Most manufacturers will tell what affect different lengths of exposures might have colorwise.

Merry Christmas

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12/24/2007 11:56:41 AM

Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006
  Lynn, I have used Velvia slide film a lot. If you want vibrant colors Christopher is correct, that will do the job. Although, Velvia can be a little contrasty. Fuji Provia does fairly well with color, but without as much contrast. You shold experiment with both to see which you like. Remember what you shoot with slide film is what you get. The lab can't make changes.The slides can be scanned and then adjustmnets made as you would a digital photo. Have fun.

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12/24/2007 4:15:59 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  welcome lynn,
new member,no gallery but i'll tag along.ah curosity?
is this shooting in a dimly lit gym from the stands handheld or a pristine landscape using a tripod and remote release with a polarizer and grad filter and you've used this camera before??
members who post,i try to pay attention,who post a question,usually check back soon to see if there is a response.
might go on ebay and pick up a used n65 which has some better features,even n75,their dirt cheap.even if the film type and speed is givn more options as to controlling settings will give better results.
deja vu

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12/24/2007 9:41:10 PM

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