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100% B&W 78 15.23%
Over 80% B&W 174 33.98%
60-80% B&W 93 18.16%
About half-and-half 68 13.28%
60-80% color 40 7.81%
Over 80% color 41 8.01%
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Old 02-19-2007   #1
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Usage of color film / B&W film

Some time ago, just for curiosity, I started a poll of relative usage of film and digital ... now I'm interested to know the relative usage of color and B&W among film shooters ... if you also shoot digital, please respond according to your film usage only. In no way is this intended to consider the relative merits of the different media. "Color" includes both transparency and negative film.
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Color is what they make DSLR's for..
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Color is what they make DSLR's for..
Ditto. Since I got into digital, I don't shoot color film any more. (unless C41 chemistry B&W counts...)

I'm finding out that after learning in color, there is quite an adjustment to move to B&W.

FWIW, I think color print film is going to fall by the wayside. B&W film will keep on keepin' on, for the same reasons it survived the color revolution.
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Old 02-19-2007   #4
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As above. All colour is digital, about 80% of b&w is film at the moment.

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Old 02-19-2007   #6
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I can not do landscapes in B&W too often, they are terrible in colour as well but I can tolerate that. Round town B&W ok.

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I'm a color man, but Adobe Lightroom converts to B+W so nice.
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Old 02-19-2007   #9
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I generally shoot very little color, and nearly all of that happens with the dslr. A notable exception is wide angle shots, since the widest lens I have for the digital is 24mm, and that just doesn't cut it. So the Bessa L and 15mm see the odd roll of color film.
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Due to my current job driving truck, the proportion of color has gone way up. That's not so bad as I enjoy shooting both.

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Old 02-20-2007   #11
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Me too. Before digital, I shot maybe 60/40 b&w/color film. Now my film work is easily 90% b&w- I prefer to do it all myself, so I don't shoot much C41 at all these days. If I shoot color film, it's much more likely to be chrome. Most color work these days is with the DSLR. Also- I almost never do digital b&w. If I want it in b&w, I shoot it on film.
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Old 02-20-2007   #12
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On a trip to india goa i had yashica gt with color i developt those film on location in minilab good Q and chep.And a folder RF Westex (super baldax)BW .you take different foto with different format.
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I think in the 2 years I own a Dslr, my film bodies have maybe seen 5 rolls of color film.. so that pretty much sums it up..
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Old 02-22-2007   #14
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I shoot all color.
With color I have easy access to fast (1 hour) C41 processing that costs me $2 ($5 with medium res scan cd).
I'm very comfortable making monochrome conversions in Photoshop and that's what happens to the vast majority of my shots.

I'm guessing that some time in the next 5 to 10 years, it may be difficult to find mini-labs for film processing. At that point, I'll start souping my own black and white. For now though, I really don't have time for the extra effort of developing.
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Wish I could shoot more color film, love the look I get from my G2 kit, but the cost of color film and developing is getting away from me. Black and white is big fun too though and I can develop my own, so it's not so bad.
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Due to my current job driving truck, the proportion of color has gone way up.
Why? No time for home developing? Or does it better suit the subject matter?
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Old 02-24-2007   #17
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I use 99% C41 color and 1% C41 B&W and agree with the comment made before that we won't see minilabs in a few years. My minilab guy says that next time his one needs an expensive repair he won't bother.

That leaves us with mail order C41 dev and scan; which I think would soon go up in price.
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Why? No time for home developing? Or does it better suit the subject matter?
Lack of time for developing, mostly. I am also shooting more chromogenic c41 as well for the same reason.

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Old 02-24-2007   #19
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I shoot digi colour everyday for work so when I get to shoot for myself it's b&w only. Have no interest in colour. I process my own film and make my own prints, just like a lot of you do. I've always loved the look of a great black and white fibrebased print.
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I'm a 50/50, but we don't have a digital camera. From what I've seen it seems that digital color is pretty faithful, but many color films still have that little bit of something extra. Better saturation of Velvia, more satisfying facial tones of Portra, etc. It's a personal thing and honestly that's why I like color film, you can change the whole characteristic of your 'sensor' with a new roll. I'd guess that's possible in digital with Photoshop and all that, though.
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Old 03-05-2007   #22
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I'm truly surprised by the number of people here shooting colour print as opposed to chromes.
I shoot virtually 100% colour, and of that easily 99% is 100 ISO E-6 with the odd bit of 400 ISO E-6 film pushed one stop for speed.
For me, nothing beats the vibrance and life of slides, and again, to me, colour slide beats any and all projected colour digital that I've ever seen.
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I'm truly surprised by the number of people here shooting colour print as opposed to chromes.
I shoot virtually 100% colour, and of that easily 99% is 100 ISO E-6 with the odd bit of 400 ISO E-6 film pushed one stop for speed.
For me, nothing beats the vibrance and life of slides, and again, to me, colour slide beats any and all projected colour digital that I've ever seen.
Totally agree, but I can't find a reliable slide projector anywhere.
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First of all, define "a reliable slide projector". I've got three Ektagraphics that I consider to be reliable. I'm quite surprised you can't find one you like at a photo flea market or swap meet. Here in Toronto, you can practically buy Ektagraphics by the pound.
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Old 03-05-2007   #25
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I said 50/50. I think I intend to shoot more BW than colour but that logistics often defeat me. I'd like to shoot real BW but don't develop my own (I know, I should change that) and am usually too impatient to have it sent out. So, I mostly shoot BW400CN, which is acceptable even if it isn't Delta 400. But I've only found one minilab which reliably processes that without nasty colour-casts, so I tend to use them - which builds in delays as I can't often get to them. With others I find it easier to get a good result doing my own BW conversion from lab scans of colour negs. (I'm trying to avoid the time taken doing my own scans, but often find I need to scan my own negs from colour-cast C-41 BW.)

Also, Fuji makes decent ISO 800 and 1600 colour film. And, finally, its often handy to have colour loaded if I only have one camera with me. For those shots that need colour, its there. And for those better in BW, well, I just convert the scans. Again, probably not quite as good as even C-41 BW but more convenient.

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I think that my shifting to shooting mostly b/w helped me appreciate what shooting color can do if one is paying attention. Most of the color I shoot now is C41 (mostly Kodak Portra, with a bit of Fuji Pro 400/800 thrown in when desired), and Kodak E200 for slides (and, yes, I keep an Ektagraphic E-2 on deck for when I need it...wonderfully bulletproof machine, ever since I bought it new over 20 years ago). Having a film scanner that can handle all the above, of course, surely helps matters here.

As for the b/w I shoot, I have a serious love jones for Ilford XP2, which can do damn near anything I want, and scans and prints so easy. Besides that, it's a draw between HP5 and Fuji Neopan 400/1600.

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I started shooting b&w film again a couple years ago - as a break from digital - when the G2 system proved itself so excellent, i started using it for color too and then for work as well as leisure shooting. Having sussed C41 processing in a Jobo tank, I could then try XP2 as well - and that has proved itself a favourite for me...

So Ilford Delta 100, 400, XP2, HP5+ for b&w
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If I am taking photos of somthing particulaly colour full then I use colour. I think I am more B&W these days about 65% B&W to 35% colour, then I still mostly use SLRs, still not using my Canonet much.
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I shoot mostly with b&w film now, as that's what I have in all of the cameras that I actively use. Today was an exception; I went for a four hour walk and shot three rolls of Kodak Gold 200. It was actually pretty fun! I felt a bit free, not worrying so much about colour, or the lack thereof, in the pictures... It'll probably pass.
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Most of my c-41 film I'm developing in d76 chemistry. Minilabs are now very careless with their color development, fingerprints and plain dirt being the hallmark of their activity.
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I often use colour film as a cheap chromogenic B&W.

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I'm shooting 100% B&W. I would like to shoot a little color but the added cost per film and development holds me back.
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Almost 100% color, with an occasional roll of 1600/3200 ISO B&W thrown in..

B&W lab processing and printing is much more expensive than color around here. Besides, films like Superia-200 and Superia-Reala when scanned give very nice starting points for conversion to B&W if required.
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Mostly B&W, but I like to throw some colour slide into the mix every now and again.
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Mostly B&W, but I do C41, too, and develop all of that at home. Slides go to the pro lab. I have to disagree with the Nostradamus above who thinks color print film will die soon. That sort of comment was posited ten years ago. Film of all kinds constitute a shrinking, niche market, but there will be a demand for a long time to come. Ektar 100 is a good "development".
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I use 99% C41 color and 1% C41 B&W and agree with the comment made before that we won't see minilabs in a few years. My minilab guy says that next time his one needs an expensive repair he won't bother.

That leaves us with mail order C41 dev and scan; which I think would soon go up in price.

What about home development C41? I never developed b&W and two days ago I developed a roll of reala on Tetenal- dead easy!
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Like others, the only film I shoot is B&W. When I shoot color, I use a DSLR, an R-D1S or a digi P&S.
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