|Hi Guys; Agree with Steve that "resultant images" slides are "much more impressive" than "Images" from Prints. It's more to do with the "method of display" rather than the film type/emulsion/exposure IE : A tranny seen on a light box/out of a projector screen will blow the socks off the same image/scene printed onto a piece of paper lit by ambient light. The same as a digital image seen on a VGA screen will look great compared with the same image printed off on paper. It's more to do with "acutance" = high Contrast Images for a given resolution will always look sharper. The interplay of Contrast vs Dynamic range vs Colour Saturation vs Grain Structure vs Grey Balance and the Image/Scene/Light all come into play on that moment of truth when you press the shutter ! 100 ASA Provia certainly is the most versatile of the Fuji transparency film series = very fine grain with natural colour balance for most applications. (50 ASA Velvia does have a slightly finer grain structure than Provia) Fuji Sensia/Astia has a grey balance better suited for skin tones & much lower contrast. Agree that an ND filter should not affect the dynamic range unless it makes the image that dark that it's below the capture threshold of the film. I use Fuji Velvia, Provia, Sensia, Reala, Ilford Delta (B&W) & Kodak T-Max (B&W) for 35mm/Medium Format & Fuji Velvia, Provia, Kodak Portra VC, Kodak T-Max for Large Format photography. (I shoot : outdoor action, out in surf, underwater, aerial, weddings, gardens, architecture, resorts, & have home studio) Have a look around the following site : http://kenrockwell.com for some (sometimes entertaining) photographic info plus has a link to Galen & Barbara Rowel's Site/gallery.
Steve.M :-) (bapak sedikit necal !)