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#1 Rob Wilton

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:47 PM

Hello all,

Im looking for low contrast Fuji stock... would Eterna 400T be the only one that I know of?
Is it less contrasty than the rest of the series?

thanks!
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#2 John Holland

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:51 PM

Yes think you will find that it is the lowest contrast , a great stock . John Holland. London.
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#3 Stephen Williams

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 01:32 PM

Hello all,

Im looking for low contrast Fuji stock... would Eterna 400T be the only one that I know of?
Is it less contrasty than the rest of the series?

thanks!
Rob Wilton


Hi,

Don't underexpose , unless you want lots of grain!

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#4 Rob Wilton

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 05:18 AM

Dear Stephen,
can I assume that the 500T is more grainy but less contrasty then?
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#5 Stephen Williams

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 05:27 AM

Dear Stephen,
can I assume that the 500T is more grainy but less contrasty then?
regards

Rob


Hi,

I have not shot them back to back, but I was surprised how grainy the 400T was compared to 250T

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#6 John Holland

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 06:11 AM

Stephen , you are talking about Eterna 400 and not the old Fuji 400 f arnt you ? John .
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 08:09 AM

Stephen , you are talking about Eterna 400 and not the old Fuji 400 f arnt you ? John .


Hi John,

Yes, I was short of light, uderexposed about 1/3 stop and did not worry as this is for telecine.
When slightly overexposed everything looked fine.

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#8 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 11:56 AM

The old Fuji Super-F 400T was a little grainy, sort of like the original Kodak Expression '84 stock. The new Eterna 400T has better grain.

All low-con stocks benefit from some overexposure unless you like a certain thin, soft, milky look from underexposure.

When Fuji came out with the new Eterna line, for some reason they lowered the contrast of all of their stocks but slightly raised the contrast of the 400T low-con stock, so the difference now between Eterna 500T and Eterna 400T is not as big as it should have been.

I used the old 400T for parts of "Northfork" but the graininess wasn't too bad -- but I was shooting 35mm anamorphic, which helped.
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 12:37 PM

Stephen , i always have and always will ( i think ] overexposed neg stock no matter who makes it , when i have to shoot HD , will have to start going under ,just like reversal all those yeras ago , progress i tnink not. John .
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 12:46 PM

How would you be able to use this stock for ''general film use'' without significant overexposure.
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#11 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 12:51 PM

How would you be able to use this stock for ''general film use'' without significant overexposure.


We're not talking significant overexposure here. 1/3 to 2/3's of a stop is not significant.

You can use it as rated just fine as long as you don't accidentally underexpose (which is one of the reasons to rate the stock slower slightly, more as an insurance in case you underexpose a shot). It's just that slightly overexposing any color negative stock reduces the grain and make the blacks, color, and contrast look snappier, and it's even more true with low-con stocks like Fuji 400T and Kodak Expression 500T.
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