Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/22

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Subject: [Leica] Black and White C41 Film
From: colucci at (Dan Colucci)
Date: Wed Sep 22 04:56:50 2004

James - I have read your comments twice - what are you saying ?  I find
Kodak Portra BW400, used in contrasty lighting, is just superb with
final tonal range and superb detail...Edge sharpness is lacking, but I
enjoy the smooth tonality, especially for portraits



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Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 1:27 PM
Subject: [Leica] Black and White C41 Film

Comparing results with C41 B&W to the results I got with Plus-X, Super
XX, and Tri-X in the 1950s and 60s when I had my own darkroom, I have
been somewhat disappointed.  Though, without a darkroom, it appears to
be the most convenient way to shoot B&W.  However, after pulling the
image below from a cluttered negative taken amid the confusion of a
wedding rehearsal supper, I find that, if I do my job, the film will
take care of itself.  The image shows the bride-to-be, my granddaughter,
in a reflective mood after a busy day, with an even busier day ahead.   

Leica IIIf RD, Summitar 5cm f/2.0
Exposure 1/50 at f/2.8
Kodak BW400-2

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