Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/17

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Subject: [Leica] Colour negative film
From: Martin Howard <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 09:00:21 -0400

OK, I'm now officially confused.  I've read about the Portra films on
Kodak's site and about other manufacturer's colour negative film on their
sites.  It seems that the Portra films come in two versions, VC and NC for
more or less colour saturation.  There is also a lot of talk about how
neutral greys are neutral, and how skin tone is natural.

But this is negative film, right?  I thought that the colour could be
corrected (or screwed up) at the printing stage.  So, what's the difference?

Also, is there *any* point in using colour correction filters with colour
negative film?

Hmm, does anyone know of a good source of information for how to use
professional colour negative film?  It seems that I have a lot to learn.

(Why am I considering negative film and not trannies?  Well, it's cheaper,
has greater exposure lattitude, is easier to make prints from, and
presumably scans at least as well as chromes do.  BTW -- is it E6 or C-41
that's a female dog to do in the home darkroom?)


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