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Brandon Meredith

Black and White

I would like to experiment with some black and white film. However I do not process myself. Can you get decent prints from Wolf Camera, Wal-Mart, etc.? What is a good film? I read Kodak TMax 100 is good for outdoors. Any suggestions are VERY welcome.

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1/3/2003 4:54:35 PM

Derek Cragin   Kodak TMAX 100 is an excellent, all-around black-and-white film that can be used for everything from landscape to outdoor portraits. Best of all, it has low grain.

Ilford Delta 100 is also a fine grain black-and-white film with supurb contrast.

I do not recommend taking good pro film like TMAX and Delta to Wal-Mart (or Rite-Aid, Walgreens, etc.) for processing. Many of these labs are more geared for the people shooting Johnny's birthday party that are more concerned with paying less and getting their photos back fast than with quality. Several times at various cheap labs early in my photo career I had precious negatives scratched and lost by careless lab workers.

I hope I haven't offended any employees of these chain stores, but when the quality of priceless photos are at stake, I suggest dropping your rolls off at the nearest higher-end lab (sending them out can also be a good option, but make sure it's a good lab). Taking film to a pro lab is more expensive, but it's a better choice in the long run.

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1/3/2003 5:36:05 PM

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