Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Doing your own color
From: "Joseph Codispoti" <>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 11:26:48 -0700
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While color processing is more tedious and demanding, I believe that the
learning curve is less steep that developing B&W for the simple reason that
color is a straight forward process. The times and temperatures are dictated
by the process, not contrast control, and as long as you adhere precisely to
them, there is not much more to learn.
The only variation is in pushing/pulling to compensate for ISO changes.

In the past I have developed chrome and negative film. In every case, my
results where consistently better that the "pro" labs in town, simply
because I did not allow tolerances to get out of bounds. If the temperature
called For 100 degrees +/- 2, I would keep it at 100 exactly.

The issue to consider is the equipment necessary, especially for temperature
The expense also is exorbitant unless you are processing several rolls of
film frequently.

If you meant to include color printing, that is an other animal that
requires even more equipment and a fairly steep learning curve. Learning to
judge and adjust color being one of them.

Joseph Codispoti
San Luis Obispo, CA

From: "Adam Bridge" <>
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Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2002 10:28 AM
Subject: [Leica] Doing your own color

> I find myself in the position where, for security reasons, I may have to
> my own color 35mm film. What's the learning curve like? I shoot all
> color-negative film.
> Thanks
> Adam
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