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Delivery-date: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:06:56 -0600 Hey David -- the stereoscopic series was a huge hit. Creative Capital sold 100 of them in 2 weeks.Thanks so much for great work, attention to detail + fast turn around. All best -- Eve Sussman http://blog.creative-capital.org/2012/05/eve-sussman-elevated-train/#more-1062
Received: from [10.18.255.175] ([10.18.255.175:37694]) by mta004.snc1.facebook.com (envelope-from <email@example.com>) James wrote:"Dr5 this process is genius!! "http://www.facebook.com/n/?photo.php&pid=31273430&id=1569668374&mid=2d4c6eaG3c2ef831G17d853cG10&n_m=wood%40dr5.com
Aldo Rafael Altamirano - Received: from drfivchr by box577.bluehost.com with local-bsmtp (Exim 4.76) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>)id 1RvW5o-0002hP-Rpfor email@example.com; Thu, 09 Feb 2012 08:39:29 -0700 - I got my two rolls of film yesterday, and I just finished scanning the film. I just wanted to let you know guys, the quality is superb. I can't believe how beautiful the images are coming with this developing process. Not only the film is positivo, but the grain is very thin compared to what I got when I develop my own BW film. 400 ISO looks like 100 ISO. Thank you so much, I'm planning to send you more rolls in the future, this was just a test. I'll will also try with medium format. Thank you! Aldo
Laurence Smith: FACEBOOK-dr5chrome-2011: In my opinion (humble at that), the rates could double, and I would STILL be using this remarkable process. I've only begun using dr5 for b&w trannies, and I'm blown away by the overall d-max, clarity, and most of all TONALITY. I really was... sort of "down" on b&w as it seemed that my negatives weren't producing what I wanted on the scanner. But now, it's a joy to scan these beautiful transparencies. Even looking on the light box is a wonderful experience. So yeah, raise the prices so that you can continue your services and make at least enough profit to buy a veggie-burger or whatever! If I factor in the overall costs, the rates here are a BARGAIN, both on $$ spent, and on TIME spent on trying to come up with acceptable scans. Currently I am in the process of "trying out" the various films. So far, I've only had trannies made from Adox R25. The images were from a very tough location - black rocks and white rapids - a challenge for any film. The dr5 process produced outstanding range in the ultra-high contrast situation. I guess you could say that I'm a bit pleased with the situation...
From: "Dr. Thomas Sauter" <sa**er@gel***docs.de>To: "'wood'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>21 Sep 2009 17:18:17
Dear David, the results of your dr5 process are the best I have ever seen the last 20 years Our lab here (PHOTO STUDIO 13 in Stuttgart) did a good job on the SCALA rollfilms in the last 15 years, but they are not able to develop other films in reversal process. The FP4 200 ASA is furthermore better than the SCALA, results are stunning (IMO most of the exposures are not to dark, because they will be viewed in 6x13 frames against very bright light, so the contrast is even better, at least 10-times better than the best prints!). HP5 looks good, but in my viewers the grain is visible, so it is not optimal for stereoscopic issues. When my AGFA SCALAS will be out of stock, I will have no other choice than sending FP4 to you. Best whishes! DR.MED.THOMAS SAUTER, INTERNIST Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Darren H 24-Jun-2010, 17:16 I'll second the suggestion of trying dr5. I know they are in Colorado and you are in the Czech Republic, but with international shipping not all that unreasonable for a larger order it might be worth it. A B+W chrome is fantastic to look at. I had used the old Scala but I find dr5 a better image. I have just started working with Efke PL 25 film in the 4x5 format and having them processed in dr5. You can see a few of them here on my Flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/50965440@N08/sets/72157624177345697/
Stephen Frizza w.apug.org/forums/members/stephen-frizza 07-29-10 04:06 AM
Whats with DR5?I have heard Fuji Across, Agfa APX and some Foma films can not be processed via the DR5 process. I am curious why this is? Is it that the results just look unappealing or is there some chemical property preventing the process from working of course I understand if this is trade secret, it just makes me curious. Ide also like to say that whatever Dr5 process actually is...the results are AMAZING. commercially process black and white reversal down here in Australia using the Scala process. The results are good but the dr5 process is something else and well worth trying!!!
Lisa B. Fiel Delivery-date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:07:48 -0600 Received: from imr-mb01.mx.aol.com ([184.108.40.206]) Dazzled by the exceptional quality of the B & W chromes processed from an old roll of 120 Scala (my favorite extinct film) and roll of 120 Delta 400...the result was so satisfying that I will no longer be processing my film in any other format/process than the Dr5 chromes. I am done with negatives. I have been consistently satisfied over these years with the Dr5 processing but now I see no further reason/point in continuuin anything other than this- the best. A recent shoot in Times Square with all the variable lights and shadows and difficult shooting issues there etc. yielded a gorgeous result with the Dr5 process. Loads of shadow detail, excellent resolution and brightness, these chromes pulled out all the beauty of the shot...far superior to any negatives and the better machine prints Ive been seeing today. And of course for scanning purposes nothing can beat the Dr5 process. Mr. Wood was way ahead of his time! Lisa B. Fiel, New York City
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I just wanted to thank you personally for the wonderful professionalism in processing and sending back my 220 film TXP320.
The results are astonishing! I did a ton of bracketing, since this was my first try with the dr5 process, but still came away with several "keepers" from the rolls. That is much better than I do normally, and I think that the processing brought out the rich tonalities and depth of the image very very nicely. This has proved to me that dr5 is NOT just for portraiture, but shows excellent results in landscape imagery as well. Scanned with my Epson V700. By the way...scanning the transparencies was a JOY! My usual workflow was cut by over 50% because the film scanned so well. Laurence
From: Jeffrey Plomley / Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:12 AM Subject: Shipment Received Hey Dave, Just wanted to let you know I received the shipment. The processing looks awesome! Delta-100 is just a great film for fall colors. The spectral response to yellow is phenomenal. Ireally hope you can make it through to the other side of this economic crisis because I love what you can do with B&W trannies. I've shown many colleagues these chromes and they just cannot believe the results, particularly the scan quality. Makes shooting 4x5 worth all of the effort. All the best, Jeff
Got the film : Received: (qmail 21572 invoked by uid 399); 25 Jul 2008 17:27:21 -0000 David just want to tell you I received my five rolls of Scala and they look perfect to me. I am definitely sold on dr5 and have more from last week’s trip to the Bristle cones to send you. You are head and shoulders above the other guys! Thanks for clean processing and prompt service. Donna Cosentino Associate Professor, Palomar College And owner of Photographic Explorations Workshops
01-29-08, 10:31 Jacques D. Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Belgium
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Indeed, nothing compares to slides...I shoot a lot, both in color (Velvia 50 & 100, E100VS) and black & white (Pan-F, Foma R100, Rollei PAN 25, APX-100, TMX100, Efke CHS25...) The best process for b&w slides is dr5 in Denver, Colorado. Definitely worth the wait (about 3 weeks if you live in Europe like me) and for their quality and service, the price is not excessive. To enjoy slides it is important, to have a good projector. My Leica P2002 is still delivering the goods... I know, I may be a bit conservative, my cameras belong to another era too (Leica III, IIIa, M2, M6, MP, Nikon FM, FM2, F2, FT2). I am just a hobbyist fooling around and having a lot of fun with photography and I cannot imagine that my photography will get any better with all dancing, all singing AF digital camera's... Jacques
gavin smith , sep 22, 2005; 11:09 a.m. PHOTO.NET
I'm from Scotland and used a lot of Scala until fairly recently. I now use Ilford Delta 100, and get it processed by dr5 in the US. This film is incredible in dr5, much better than the results I've had with Scala. I use it for landscape work. I find it much easier to use than Scala, it has a great exposure latitude and great tonal range. It also makes beautiful Cibachrome prints. Regards the cost, it actually works out cheaper for me to buy Delta in the UK then get it processed 10 rolls at a time in the US than it did for me to buy Scala in the UK and get it processed by Primary in London! Dr5 customer service is excellent too, answering any queries and doing the best job with developing I've seen.
02-14-2007, 05:11 PM RICK OLSEN - APUG.ORG Marsbars ... I too have used this process for the past few years, mostly with HP-5. In fact, my avatar is an HP-5 image processed using DR-5. I photograph steam railroads and it's a real treat to shoot HP-5 at 800-1000 and get the great detail when dealing with the motion of steam trains. I have also used other film for still shots (Efke 25, Ilford FP-4) and the images were spectacular. Try a random lot of film to test out the tonal range and then send it off to DR-5. This way you can select the film that gives you the "look" you want. This is fun stuff. Good luck!! Rick.
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-28678.html firstname.lastname@example.org 09-21-2006, 20:59 .....The
dr5 process is well worth the money for both it's quality as well as
the time savings in getting B&W chromes. I shot with a Mamiya 7
and have used the dr5 process extensively over the last few years. I'm
not where I can post images but you can check out my blog for some of
the images and a link to the dr5 site. Larry; http://haydenphotos.blogspot.com/
PHOTO TIP FOR THE WEEK: dr5!!! For those of you shooting film check out this traditional process offered by David Wood. I use it for all of our current works and compared to processing I was doing in house to include PMK this is better in virtually all cases. Here's the deal: most current black and white films can be exposed (according to required or desired contrast range) and then sent to dr5 for processing...the difference is that dr5 uses in-house proprietary chemistry and technologies resulting in transparencies (slides) -not negatives. These black and white beauties have extremely fine grain, great sharpness and a tonal range up to 11 stops! (Try that with a digital camera!) Additionally, slides scan better than negatives (on most scanners) and are far easier to edit. Check it out! Respectfully (if not humbly...) submitted, Stephen M. Schaub
APUG 2/2005 : I've used dr5 a couple of times, and really like the process much better than Scala. I think the range and depth of tone is far greater with dr5 than with Scala. As David G. mentioned, the dr5.com website has lots of samples of both dr5 processes (neutral and gold/sepia toned) with various films. Obviously, it's most applicable to applications where the end product is scanned, projected, or printed via Ilfochrome. And, it may take a little fine tuning at the exposure end (clip tests are helpful on the first couple of tries). Once you're zeroed in, though, the results are absolutely yummy. Ralph Barker San Jose, CA
Focus on Imaging August 2004 : Viewpoint by Bill Hurter
From the film quarter comes an equally exciting development—the dr5 process for producing black-and-white transparencies. Like all great innovations, photographer David Wood developed the proprietary dr5 process because he couldn't’t find a suitable method to produce black-and-white chromes for his own work. He applied his own chemistry background to the problem and over the past decade has perfected the process. Today, Wood’s lab, called dr5, offers two options—a neutral gray process named developer-1, and a sepia process dubbed developer-2. The company’s web site (www.dr5.com) describes the distinct attributes of dr5 chromes produced on each of several film type. Perhaps the best candidates for the dr5 process are Tri-X Professional film, which can be exposed from ISO 20–320 and non-pro Tri-X (ISO 100–1000). With detail deep into the darkest shadows and skimpiest highlights and a D-Max of 4.70, this seems like a winning combo. See page 27 for more details. Bill Hurter/Editor
"BEST OF SHOW" AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT PHOTOPLUS WEST; ATTENDEES CHOOSE BEST PRODUCTS AND COMPANIES AT LOS ANGELES EXPO New York, New York -- The winners of the Best of Show awards were announced last week at the PhotoPlus Expo West show in Los Angeles. Attendees voted for their favorite products and companies in 14 categories ranging from cameras and lenses to darkroom products. The annual event, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, features seminars, product demonstrations and hands-on capabilities for professional photographers and serious amateurs. Special Achievement Award: DR5-CHROME for its introduction of the .dr5 process, which produces black-and-white reversal images from a wide variety of black-and-white negative films in a neutral and sepia form.
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