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#1 Alain Lumina

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 04:19 PM

Hello;

I just bought a Bell and Howell Filmo 16mm ; 400' mags, electric motor.
I guess I have to buy film now if it works.

1) anyone know where to get the camera inspected/Serviced?

I'm really at the bottom of the low budget range, and am planning on
doing only acquisition in film, and then getting processed film scanned to HD or miniDV,
working in digital realm and pretty much staying there.

I called a recan place in NY, and to his credit he wouldn't sell me something until I had asked
Someone Who Knew ( That would be youse) what kind I needed.

2) So the 2nd question is, for getting to digital realm as soon as possible, do reversal and negative
require the same number of steps? In other words can I just take the processed, developed film and send it to get scanned to digital media for both these types?

I'm hoping to to get sharpest daylight footage possible, panoramic scenery etc, so I'm thinking of getting some slow daylight film, suggeestions welcome.

Thanks a lot.
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#2 Dominic Case

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:50 PM

can I just take the processed, developed film and send it to get scanned to digital media for both these types?

Yes you can. But negative is a much better alternative to use: it has far wider latitude (range of over-and under-exposure tolerance, or range from highlight to shadow), and the process is a simpler and more reliable one.
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#3 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:15 PM

I called a recan place in NY, and to his credit he wouldn't sell me something until I had asked
Someone Who Knew ( That would be youse) what kind I needed.

I'm hoping to to get sharpest daylight footage possible, panoramic scenery etc, so I'm thinking of getting some slow daylight film, suggeestions welcome.

Thanks a lot.


you may want to run a roll of plain B&W reversal at first such as Foma R-100 or Plus-x Reversal through first to make sure the camera works. if you are lucky you can find someone to run that on a projector for you to see if everything is alright with the Camera. it is hard to get any scanning done for less than 100 bucks a session.

As far as sharp colour films, I suspect that you would find both the negative and positive slower films quite sharp and clear. Current stocks are the Kodal Ektachrome in Reversal, and Kodak 50D and 100T (Fuji 64D and 125T) in colour negative.

You "should" use a 85 filter with the Tungsten (T) stocks.

The Labs that do scanning probaly do a lot more work from the Negative stocks
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