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Difference Between Film Types

I was wondering what the difference is between slide film and regular film. I am going to school for photography and have heard a lot of people talking about slide film. Can you help?
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9/23/2003 9:53:09 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  By "regular film"..I am asuming you are refering to print film. If that is the case there is, indeed, a big difference between the two.

Print film contains a negative image which must processed and printed onto photo paper to create a positive image..or photo.
With slide film...the image created on the film in the camera is the same one that will become the slide, or transparency. This "positive" film medium has advantages and dis-advantages.
The advantages are better color saturation and improved image clarity.
Most magazine editors prefer fine grain transparencies for their publications over any other medium.
Another advantage is that slide film gives the photographer more control over how his or her photo will look after processing. With print film, you are at the mercy of the printing lab to produce an image similar to how it appeared through your lens.
The disadvantages, are in the complexity of processing of some slide films, like Kodachrome. Only specific labs are equipped to handle them.
Slide film also has a much narrower margin of error regarding proper exposure, while many of these same over or under exposure mistakes can be easily corrected with print film during the printing process.

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9/23/2003 11:05:56 AM

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