Minolta XG-7 with ProFoto XL 100

Here are the results of my test shoot today with the Minolta XG-7.  This is a 35mm film camera introduced in 1977.  It was the first camera I used for serious photography.  More about that here.

This was from a series of shots around my neighborhood on the Upper West Side (Manhattan), taken on Kodak ProFoto XL 100, a film I’ve never used before.  I have to say that the film has outstanding color and my prints look and feel like little pieces of art to me.  The scans provided by the lab turned out much bolder and brighter than the prints themselves, so, using my MacBook Pro Retina screen and Lightroom, I brought the screen versions down to somewhat resemble what the prints look like.  Of course, these might look completely different on your screen, but I think you’ll get the idea.

One thing that is absolutely clear to me at this point is that these screen representations don’t even come close to how impressive the prints are.  I had them printed with borders on matte paper (Kodak Royal Digital Paper).

 

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2 Comments

Rainer Mueller

Sheesh, Ed…not much too information here.
1) where’d you get the film?
2) who processed the film?
3) who’s printing enlargements from negatives nowadays?
Inquiring minds want to know…..

Ed Verosky

Let’s see, 1) The film was purchased at Pro Image at 94th & Broadway in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. 2) It was processed at the same place. 3) You can get prints/enlargements from negatives at any lab that provides that kind of service. My test prints and the basic scans you see here were made at Pro Image.

There are also plenty of local labs and mail order labs out there. Google “film processing.”

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