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April 27th, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Spent yesterday afternoon at the Portland Zoo with an actual film camera (a Minolta Maxxum 5 with a 30-300mm zoom and a few rolls of 200 & 400 speed film). The camera was a pleasure to use (it was my first real shooting experience with an autofocus SLR). The store I got the camera from offers a decent enough deal on developing (they throw in a roll of film in exchange for me forgoing the second set of prints), and I was happy with the results of the first two rolls I gave them.

I finished off a third roll this afternoon and took it down to the local Fred Meyer to see how their photo shop stacked up and if there was any money to be saved. I also had them prepare a CD of the roll just to see how it looked. The prints were fine, but the CD I got was disappointing: they burned low quality JPEGS with visible artifacts. Maybe they’re set up in anticipation of mass conversions of large collections of photos, so the decision would make sense from that perspective, but it’s a pretty big waste of money for just a few rolls: they smashed the roll down to about 23MB (including viewing software) instead of using something less lossy (like TIFF, for instance). A negative/slide scanner is looking pretty attractive about now. Anyone have better experiences with PhotoCD’s? Any recommendations for getting 35mm pictures into a computer?

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