Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] printing TMZ
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 14:50:13 -0700

Dear Thib,
You are describing the neg that everyone hates. Underexposed, so there is
not adequate shadow detail, and because the exposure is so far down on the
foot of the density curve, the contrast is tight. Mostly you have to decide
what evil you want to live with, and work around it. I generally use a
contrasty paper and except the resulting grain and tonal rendition. The
thing to do, of course, is expose the film correctly in the first place, but
that isn't always possible.
Good luck,
Joe Stephenson

- -----Original Message-----
From: thibault collin <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 7:13 AM
Subject: [Leica] printing TMZ

>Hey luggers,
>I am currently in the process of printing TMZ negatives.
>The main problem with these pictures is that they were taken in very low
>light with very poor contrast.
>So if I print them with a low contrast filter (e.g. 2) the rendition is ok
>but the contrast is ...poor!
>If I print them with a high contrast filter (e.g. 4) the contrast is ok but
>the rendition is ...poor and it's grainy as hell.......
>Do you have a "magic" solution the keep the rendition and increase the
>Thanks in advance,