Slide film and normal film (colour negative)


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kevyan

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Hi all,

can someone please enlighten me on what are the difference between slide film and normal film?

- What are the pros and cons about it?
- Will any SLR camera be able to use a slide film?
- Which is cheaper?
- Which is better?

Thank you.
 

theITguy

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Perharps you should look into some websites or books that teaches you these. Here are some basic information.

1. There are Black and White (B&W), colour, infrared films as seen in the market.
2. Slides are just like those pictures you put in an old projector for slides. We call it Positive as you do not need to print it to see it, just put it under a light source (say under a room lighting) and you can see the slides.
3. Negative are films, which the dark area of a picture becomes white and bright area becomes dark. But I still do not know the technical area why it is orange in colour. You have to develop it to see the real picture.
4. Any SLR camera should be able to use any B&W, colour slide and negative.


There are too many pros and cons to list here for both types, but in general when you take a picture a bit too dark in slide, it will be harder for you to correct it (make it brighter hence the correct brightness you want) than compared to negative. Also, there are more choices in negative than slide. Slides are generally more expensive than negatives as less people use them. But as you can view them directly without printing them on paper (under a light source or what we call a light box), it is often cheaper than negative in overall cost.
 

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theITguy said:
2. Slides are just like those pictures you put in an old projector for slides. We call it Positive as you do not need to develop it to see it, just put it under a light source (say under a room lighting) and you can see the slides.
Erm, actually, for both positive and negative film, you still have to send it in for developing. The difference is just that the film is in the original colour after developing for negs.
 

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