Normally black and white film is processed into negatives which can then be printed using traditional photo paper or scanned and turned into a positive image by your computer. But the dr5 proprietary development process turns the black and white film into a positive image slide just like true (color) reversal film.
They claim that this is superior when your intention is to scan the film and post-process it digitally, and so far I can’t argue against them. The scan results from their slides are far cleaner (fewer scratches/blemishes) than I am used to and seem to have excellent detail, contrast and dynamic range compared to working with a strip of negative film.
And I have to say the slides also look gorgeous in real life on my light box. It makes me want to pull the projector and screen out for a good old fashioned slide show.
Maybe I will do just that next time my in-laws visit. I will see if I can get my mother-in-law to fall asleep during the show just like the good old times…