Color C41 35mm Films Scoring Sheet
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5 FIlm StocksColorContrastGrain structureAcutance (sharpness)Price*Lattitude**Scannability***ptsTotal percentage
Step 1: For each of the following film qualities, please rate how important the quality is to you on 1-5, where 1 is not important at all and 5 is extremely important. 0000000
Step 2: For each scene, rate each film stock on how well they score in each factor (again, with a 1-5 scale)scene 1 (colortv)scene 2 (girl)scene 3 (sign)scene 1 (colortv)scene 2 (girl)scene 3 (sign)scene 1 (colortv)scene 2 (girl)scene 3 (sign)scene 1 (colortv)scene 2 (girl)scene 3 (sign)
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AA - Fujifilm C200 533+, 1-50#DIV/0!
BB - Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400533+. 1-20#DIV/0!
CC - Fujifilm Pro 400h127¢44+,1-50#DIV/0!
DD - Kodak Ektar 100222¢32+.1-50#DIV/0!
EE - Kodak GC/UltraMax 400412¢22.5+, 1-50#DIV/0!
FF - Kodak Gold 200412¢43+, 1-30#DIV/0!
GG - Kodak Portra 160319¢33+, 1-40#DIV/0!
HH - Cinestill 50d130¢43+, 2-20#DIV/0!
II - Kodak ColorPlus 200410¢33+, 1-30#DIV/0!
Step 3: Notice that Column B is not very wide. After you've rated each film in the blind test, go ahead and drag the edge of Column B out to the right to reveal the names of each film stock, associated with each letter.Note: when you’re evaluating these films based on contrast, keep in mind that with modern post processing techniques, contrast is something that can be added in post. So a film which scans with rich midtones and which doesn’t creep to as far toward the black and white points, isn’t necessarily bad if you are one who, like me, likes really high contrast black and white photos and scans rather than enlarges your film. If a film has rich mid-tones you can pull out those black and white points later and you still get all that data. But if a film which already has a great deal of contrast right off a scan, it doesn’t really work to go the other way. You can’t really get less contrast form a high contrast scan. With that in mind, you’re going to want to weight your score on contrast as a subject, and your evaluation of each photo contrast, based on not just what you prefer and see in the study (strong contrast or low contrast) but also on what you’re willing to do in post processing to get your desired results.
Step 4: Now that you know the names of each film, you'll want to go through each one and rate the current price in your geography. I've already included ratings based on current prices as of May, 2018 in the U.S. N* Prices scoring was derived by comparing price per frame of each film, in USD as of April, 2019. If prices differ where you live or when you live, adjust scoring appropriately.

** Lattitude scoring was rerived by assinging a score based on sheer number of stops reported by manufacturer of each film. If you feel that over or under exposing is more to your liking, you may want to adjust the scoring.

*** Scannability simply refers to how flat each film is. Scores were dirived from comparing how much flatness or spring each had after film was returned during my own testing.