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Apr 9, 2021 10:47:49   #
rook2c4 Loc: Philadelphia, PA USA
 
quixdraw wrote:
My interest is duplicating the look largely SOOC, possibly with minimal tweaks. Thanks for your suggestion!


With SOOC, you simply don't have enough control to make it look like Kodachrome. You can adjust saturation, contrast, white balance... but that's about it.

Apr 9, 2021 12:22:05   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
suterjo wrote:
Pretty simple - I don't enjoy the computer work, I do like the photos I get without. Since I am not being paid for work, I can do as I, like.

I like your response. If you like your photo, that's who you have to satisfy. Me too. Press on!!!


Thank you!

Apr 9, 2021 12:23:12   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
marquina wrote:
Please do! I miss Kodachrome 25 ASA.


Working on it! Outcome remains to be seen.

 
 
Apr 9, 2021 12:26:13   #
wdking
 
lamiaceae wrote:
During the film era I was more a fan of Black and White film for my serious photography but I did shoot color. For color I was a fan of Kodachrome 25, 64, and Vericolor II and III (160). I hated Ektachrome with its strong green cast. The slower Kodacolor films were OK sometimes, but the fast stuff was horrible like fast Ektachrome.

I really never thought of trying to emulate specific film looks from my digital photography. But from time to time I do see images by others or rarely one of mine that looks like a type of film. Or even the look of old National Geographic Magazines. I shoot RAW and probably could work out some film looks to my images if I wanted to. Though too me that would be an interesting experiment to watch someone else do.

Yes, I am certain different brands and models of cameras and different lenses give different color renditions to both film and digital. I have been using Pentax since 1977. I have many different models of Pentax lenses, from Super Takumar to smc Pentax DFA lenses. The coatings and optical constructions produce different RAW output. I would imagine in I did shoot jpg it would be even more noticeable. I actually sort of like the images I get from the old Asahi Takumar lenses. They seem to have more saturation and contrast and sharpness. The early K-mount lenses are a bit mediocre in many cases. The later AF / AE lenses seem really nice but require a bit more file tweaking in Ps. Actually I find more differences between my three main Pentax camera bodies, the K-20 and the K-5 are similar and to my liking, but I am not fond of the color from the newest, K-3. I have an old Pentax K-100 that I had converted to Infrared use, and it has a CCD sensor. Too bad I never shot normal color with it to see if it looks like Kodachrome.

By-the-way Fujifilm cameras have built in film emulation and a non-Bayer array. Never tried the film emulation in my Fuji X100T. I wonder if it includes Kodak emulations? I'll have to look.
During the film era I was more a fan of Black and ... (show quote)


Classic Chrome simulation on Fujifilm is similar to Kodachrome according to Tony Phillips' guide the Fujifilm X-T4. I personally have no way to compare.

Apr 9, 2021 12:26:58   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
profbowman wrote:
Ektachrome was my choice, over Kodachrome. The reddish tint just did not seem natural while Ektachrome gave me skies that looked, I thought, like the skies I was shooting. And I could push it to higher ASA to get low-light outdoor photos without flash. For one summer I was working with a group of inner-city kids taking them on overnight camping trips. Getting fireside photos was important. I was using a used Argus C4 camera with a f/2.8 built-in lens. Those were the days. --Richard


I shot both Kodachrome and Ektachrome when I could afford it. The rest, generally bulk Tri X. Sounds like a worthy endeavour and good times. Thanks!

Apr 9, 2021 12:28:52   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
rook2c4 wrote:
With SOOC, you simply don't have enough control to make it look like Kodachrome. You can adjust saturation, contrast, white balance... but that's about it.


I will get something I like or I won't - so far I'm really having fun with the D3 and the project. I like the output from the camera right now. Time will tell!

Apr 9, 2021 12:35:48   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
rook2c4 wrote:
With SOOC, you simply don't have enough control to make it look like Kodachrome. You can adjust saturation, contrast, white balance... but that's about it.


I think the key is to setting the picture controls in camera to get it as close as possible so the JPEG out of camera has that look.

 
 
Apr 9, 2021 12:49:53   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
SuperflyTNT wrote:
I think the key is to setting the picture controls in camera to get it as close as possible so the JPEG out of camera has that look.


Absolutely! Thanks, working on it!

Apr 9, 2021 23:20:28   #
profbowman Loc: Harrisonburg, VA, USA
 
quixdraw wrote:
Absolutely! Thanks, working on it!


In addition to what has been already said here and what you are working on, I have enjoyed playing with the "Color Temperature" adjustment in IrfanView. I have pulled one of the photos that are supposed to be Kodachrome off the web, opened it in IrfanView, went to "Image/Effects/Effects Browser," and in the new window scrolled down to the "Color Temperature," and then adjusted the temperature so that the original looks the same as the adjusted one. That has given me a temperature to try out with photos from my cameras. Just an idea. --Richard

Apr 11, 2021 11:19:07   #
cameraf4 Loc: Delaware
 
rook2c4 wrote:
With SOOC, you simply don't have enough control to make it look like Kodachrome. You can adjust saturation, contrast, white balance... but that's about it.


Not a Nikon guy, huh? With Nikon DSLR Picture Controls, one can get pretty close to Kodachrome [that was their intended use, after all] with their native Picture Controls, which can then be tweeked and saved.

Apr 11, 2021 12:49:56   #
kb6kgx Loc: Simi Valley, CA
 
DaveyDitzer wrote:
"Momma, don't take my Kodachrome away ...." S&G


Actually, that was by Paul Simon. Was not a S&G song.

 
 
Apr 12, 2021 15:57:04   #
GeneG
 
Color preferences rest in the eye of the observer. That's why there were other brands of film that didn't have the brilliance of Kodachrome. I accepted Ektachrome, but the worst was Agfachrome, which could be developed at home and enjoyed until it turned green. I once had a "frank exchange of views" with a museum docent whose color preferences in a projected slide differed from mine.

Apr 12, 2021 19:05:11   #
JeffDavidson Loc: Originally Detroit Now Los Angeles
 
Good luck!

Apr 12, 2021 20:39:58   #
kb6kgx Loc: Simi Valley, CA
 
I'm reading, here, about how it's possible to adjust the menu settings to replicate the look of Kodachrome. But, I'm not seeing anyone post exactly HOW. I'm shooting with a D7200. Can someone tell me which settings would do that? I'm also curious as to how that would really work, since the "native" ISO is 100, yet Kodachrome was ASA 25 or 64. I've seen SOME cameras that can be set down to 50, but I don't believe the D7200 can do that.

Apr 12, 2021 21:32:49   #
ronpier Loc: Poland Ohio
 
MJPerini wrote:
I think the D2x was a CCD (and D200 as well) (I am not certain) but do remember people remarking about the excellent color of that camera. The D3 /D300 went to CMOS thus it's big jump in high ISO capability.
Thats just my recollection.


My first digital was a D50. Great color rendition with that CCD sensor. Still use it regularly and added a D80 which also has a CCD sensor. Of course they have ISO limitations compared to my CMOS sensor cameras but their colors are unique.

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