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#1 Nick Castronuova

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 04:34 AM

Would anyone be able to tell me the aesthetic differences between color 16mm film and color reversal film? What are advantages/disadvantages, etc. Thanks!

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#2 Jim Carlile

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 02:09 AM

It's not a dumb question at all. Most stocks-- meaning just about all- are negative, because they can be controlled better during printing and are actually cheaper and easier to use in post. Reversal films tend to be contrastier, more old-fashioned looking, more saturated, but many variables can enter into the printing process.

Lots of people rave about Fuji's Velvia 50. Very saturated and intense.

Sadly, it's difficult these days to get prints from reversals. They are one-off films, basically. I think both Kodak and Fuji have just one color reversal film available in 16mm, and I'm not even sure about Fuji now.
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