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#1 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 12:30 AM

Hey everyone. I've been reading on here for a long time but never posted a question. I'm getting ready to shoot a short on S16mm and just wanted some ideas on the best stock to use. The director and I want to keep lighting to a minimum, and go for a dark, overall look. The shots are occurring in a city at night, so it will definitively be 500T film. The question is, of all the 500Ts, which has the best shadow detail? Which can best handle under-exposure. I have been looking at the curves, and leaning towards 7218, but I wanted some more feedback.
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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 01:58 AM

Well which do you want -- a "dark, overall look" or "best visible shadow detail?" You can underexpose any filmstock and have it look dark, but the more shadow detail you see the less "overall dark" it will look.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:02 AM

Yes, more shadow detail tends to mean the shadows are less dark...

In terms of lowest contrast / best shadow detail, it's probably in this order, from lowest to highest in contrast:

Fuji Eterna 400T 8583
Kodak Expression 500T 5229
Fuji Eterna 500T 8573
Kodak Vision-2 500T 5218

So actually Kodak '18 would be the most contrasty in this case -- but it may be the look you want. We're not talking abou extreme differences here in this line-up either -- 5218 isn't particularly contrasty at all, it's just that the other stocks are flatter, lower in contrast.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:53 AM

Yes, more shadow detail tends to mean the shadows are less dark...

In terms of lowest contrast / best shadow detail, it's probably in this order, from lowest to highest in contrast:

Fuji Eterna 400T 8583
Kodak Expression 500T 5229
Fuji Eterna 500T 8573
Kodak Vision-2 500T 5218

So actually Kodak '18 would be the most contrasty in this case -- but it may be the look you want. We're not talking abou extreme differences here in this line-up either -- 5218 isn't particularly contrasty at all, it's just that the other stocks are flatter, lower in contrast.



Thanks to both of you, this is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. Sorry for not being 100% clear, it was like 2 am. I think I'll shoot a test with the dir on the 5229, 8573 and 5218. Thanks to the both of you.
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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:00 AM

crimson238, you need to edit your Display Name under My Controls to a real first and last name, as per the forum rules. Thanks.
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