For the last few days I have returned to FF...at least, temporarily.
In February 2000 I spent a month traveling in Vietnam and when I returned home I scanned a small number of my Fujichrome Sensia (ASA 100) slides. I was using a Minolta Alpha 707si, Tamron 28-200mm Super f3.8-5.6, Tokina 20-35mm f3.5-4.5, and Minolta 50mm f1.7. I pulled out the old slide boxes and have been scanning more of the slides (most of these photos I haven't seen since March 2000). I am reminded how much better things are for me now when I travel than even just those short years ago. In October 2010 I was back in Vietnam for a month with my A700, Sony 18-250mm f3.5-6.3, Sony 11-18mm F4.5-5.6, and Minolta 50mm f1.7. All stabilized and I used ISO up to 1600 routinely when needed and a few times used ISO 3200 and 6400. With film I only had ISO 100 and no IS which meant fewer options. Now with m4/3 I have much less of a load and easily go up to ISO 6400 occasionally and IS with any lens.
Many of the photos in the Magnum exhibition I saw last week were old B&W images taken in the 1940s through 1960s. I think some were in later years too. What was the ASA speed of typical B&W films used in the 1940s through 1960s? I know that in the 1970s when I got into photography three of the most popular Kodak B&W films were Panatomic-X (ASA 32), Plus-X (ASA 125), and Tri-X (ASA 400). I assume that in the 1940s the B&W films were much slower. Does anyone know? I did some searching on Google and couldn't find any information about this.