Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] slide vs. print film for PhotoCD
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 21:56:10 -0500


Today's print film have high resolution and a better dynamic range than
slide films in the same IOS. Fuji Super G 100 will resolve higher than
Velvia. To PhotoCD or with a desktop scanner the neg film makes a much
better scan, much easier.

Slide film is the defacto standard in publishing for a few good reasons. 1.
It's easy to edit images on a light talbe. 2. For a long time, kodachrome
was king, and old habits die hard. 3. Nothing has the permanence of
Kodachrome. 4. Many color seperators can't (or just won't) scan from

For you, Neg film might be the best choice.

I have switched about 1/3 of my clients to neg film. They like to have a
stack of proofs better than slides and I can good quality scans to them, on
a CD in 24 hours.


At 06:21 PM 3/27/98 -0800, you wrote:
>Does anyone have experience with getting color negatives
>scanned onto PhotoCD?  I have always believed that slide film
>was the best for getting the ultimate image quality in a scan,
>but a PhotoCD expert I work with sometimes told me that
>color negatives scan MUCH better onto PhotoCD than slides!  
>I was shocked, and today I bought a few rolls of print film (Kodak 
>Royal Gold 25 and 100) in order to test his theory.  In my work,
>my final output medium IS the Internet and an occasional 
>8x10 to 20x30 enlargement.  I have always thought I would
>get the best results in the scanner and for enlargements from
>slide film.  I know slide film is more finnicky and requires more
>accuracy than print film, but I thought it was well worth the
>extra trouble for the quality I received in return.  Does anyone who
>has shot extensively with slow print films (Kodak Ektar 25 or Royal
>Gold 25, for example) AND slow slide films (Velvia, for example)
>have any opinions on which film type gives the best (sharpest,
>finest) enlargements or PhotoCD scans?
>Francesco Sanfilippo,
>Five Senses Productions