Youngster alert. I have never grown up around film photography. I didn't even start thinking about photography until the early 00s. The only color film I've shot is color print film from the drugstore. I've heard on the internets that 'real' photographers shoot slide film for greater color control, rendition and finer grain, or something. I accepted this because in most things, professionals use different stuff than hobbyists and grandmas and such. But then I got to thinking about the images from the '80s and '90s 35mm photojournalists and reporters, such as the pictures I saw growing up in National Geographic and Outdoor Life as well as action photography in skateboarding magazines and such. I'm not saying it was all 35mm but some of it was and surely most of newspaper-type people shot 35mm. Anyway, I was wondering what kind of color film that the DSLR-equivalent-toting professionals of 20 years ago (excluding lanscape and portraiture photographers) used for color film? Did they shoot plain old Fuji or Kodak C-41 print film, like I do now? Did National Geographic provide the film, or did it mandate a certain kinds of film be used, or could their labs pretty much handle whatever the photographer wanted to shoot? What about newspaper labs? If someone who knows what was 'normal' in the late 80s and 90s in media photography could chime in, I would be very interested.