Compendium 12 – Lost Relevance


This is Agfa Scala 160–but traditionally developed in D-76, instead of R100.  (Yes, it is somewhat a waste of the film, but I lost a roll’s worth of developer anyway…)

Granted, the negatives do not look as cool as the positives would have, but in this day and age, I can’t help but wonder if the relevance of transparency film has really passed.  Slide film is more difficult to expose properly, harder to scan, and certainly more difficult to develop. Given the ability to post-process (adjust blacks and contrast, mainly…) the resulting look is nearly identical.  Been there, done that…but otherwise hard to make the argument for reversal developing.

6 thoughts on “Compendium 12 – Lost Relevance

    • mewanchuk says:


      You are kind of right, I suppose–though it is really outdoor-only with ISOs 25, 50, and 100.

      In any case, when I wrote the text of the post, I absolutely KNEW that you personally would comment with exactly such a point.

      (I am -literally- clairvoyant).


      • Joe shoots resurrected cameras says:

        Haha yes. Color reversal has a specific thing that it does better than any other film. I remember my mom’s neighbor talking about having to shoot his own pictures and hand-develop the film for slide presentations when he was in grad school, black and white was quickest/easiest/cheapest for that. But I don’t know what advantages it has over b/w negatives in this digital age.

  1. mikeyjive says:

    I’m actually finding (color) slides are much easier to scan consistently. I just tweak the first scan to match the actual slide (viewed on a lightbbox) and copy to all subsequent frames. I really like that the positive slide is the “true” image and find there is much less hassle in getting the colors correct. The limited exposure latitude is a bit of an added concern when shooting…

    • Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

      I agree – we must remember that slides are their own reference. Very little ‘interpretation’ is required. Negatives hold more detail but slides were the best (and sometimes only) way to submit to stock libraries. Even some PJs used slides. That famous shot of Monica Lewinsky embracing Bill Clinton is a slide.

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