Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/29

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Subject: [Leica] Slide vs. Print film (25 to 100 speed) for quality
From: Five Senses Productions <>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 14:20:32 -0800

I have asked this question one time already and gotten one good
comment.  I am posting it again with the hopes someone else will
see it and comment.

>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