latitude "added" to slide film if printed on Frontier

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by preston_merchant, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Is there a general guideline about how much latitude is effectively
    added to slide film if you have prints made on a Fuji Frontier?

    If your slide is over-exposed, the Frontier can correct for it in a
    print, but by how much? I realize the individual qualities of the
    slide film will come into play, but does anyone have any idea about
    how effective the Frontier is at salvaging slides that were not
    exposed optimally?
  2. Dunno 'bout the technicalities but subjectively speaking I've been very impressed with the detail a Frontier machine can wring from slides. I had some proof prints made from nighttime shots on Provia 100F and the prints reproduced every nuance very faithfully, right down the barest visible shadow detail in the darkest areas. Very impressive results.

    However, I wouldn't have considered these slides less than optimally exposed - they were correctly exposed for the available light.
  3. One thing to keep in mind, a frontier machine can change contrast, and lighten and darken, etc., which can make prints from less than ideal slides, but it can not put detail were it isn't on the slide, if it went black, it's gone, the same for clear film base. And also when you get an over or under expose slide, the high or low values do start loosing detail before all detail is gone, and any printing process can only darken or lighten what's there.
  4. I like my portrait slides a bit on the contrasty side and found out that the frontier seems to eccentuate this contrast over the top for me - i don`t know if theat`s only the operator`s inexperience,....
  5. Actually the Frontier reduces exposure lattitude along with any conventional printing of slides to a reflective medium such as photographic paper.

    It can print highlights darker, but you'll still lose subtle details in highlights and shadows.

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