Making print photos with a Realist
Prints with a Realist
What if you want prints? You've got a problem.
The problem -- size
1. Buy a slide duplicating tube and make your own.
Paying someone else to make stereo prints from your slides will cost you about $4 a pair. With a slide duplicating tube you can do the same thing for the price of film and processing. Lots cheaper.
You can buy slide duplicating attachments for less than $100, from Adorama or B & H. Look at the ads in the back of the national photography magazines for their current prices and phone numbers.
Here's how it works (photo): Make a stereo slide. Use an SLR with a slide duplicating attachment to copy your slide onto print film. Now you've got the image on print film in a format most local labs can handle. Easy?...Sort of. There are a couple things to know:
Tip 1. Have the prints made at a semi-pro lab, not at K-Mart, Target, or any big store that sells cut rate processing. Processing done by machines. Machines run by cretins. Machines that will goof up your 5-p to 8-p prints.
Go to a mom and pop lab, take a Realist slide and a viewer, take a print stereograph and a viewer. Talk to the person who'll actually do the work. Show them what you need. Get them interested. You'll get good results.
Tip 2: Use special low-contrast print film! Kodak Vericolor VPS III or Fujicolor NPH are both good. Standard print film will make copies with whopping contrast.
2. Find a friendly lab
Downside: likely to be relatively expensive. One lab I tried wanted $24 per print, $48 per pair!
3. Find a friendly mail order lab
4. Print film
Grand Photo has a good reputation. (612) 699-9886. Talk to Janet.
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