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03-18-2008, 03:50 AM   #1
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Best film for medium format studio

Hi, I'll rent a Pentax 645 for a studio shoot I'll do in about one month. Most of the shoot will be digital with my K20D, but I want to have the feel of a medium format film camera... So what is the best film available on the market for such a shoot? Thanks

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I only ever shoot B&W on MF, because digital is so much better for color (in my opinion). You can't go wrong with Tri-x, Tmax 100, or Tmax 400. Depends on the speed you're looking for.
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I only ever shoot B&W on MF, because digital is so much better for color (in my opinion). You can't go wrong with Tri-x, Tmax 100, or Tmax 400. Depends on the speed you're looking for.
I love Tri-X in 35mm... but this is a colourful shoot
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I had success with
Fuji Reala
Kodak Portra
Kodak VS100 i think it is, for slides.

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I had success with
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Kodak Portra
Kodak VS100 i think it is, for slides.

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Fuji Reala sounds interesting, I might go with this one.
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Fuji Reala sounds interesting, I might go with this one.
There is also Fuji FPS 160 - a portrait film. I like the results, but I have only shot it with the MZ-S film body.
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For nice soft tones, there's Fuji Astia.

For nice saturation without the undue violence to skin tones of Velvia, there's Kodak Portra VC.
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PORTRA 160NC is the best film for portrait/studio shoot.

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From what I can see there are diffrent types of film I could use... you know what I might buy a roll of each and just try them all. After all I'll be experimenting for most of this session. BTW part of it is going to be pin-up style Coca-cola inspired photography and the other I'm not too sure yet what I'll do. Many possibilities...
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Since this is your 1st trial I'd go for a multipurpose film
Negative film is abit more forgiving of errors, so I'd try that
Check what is available in your neck of the woods and use it

I'm partial to Fuji, so Fujicolor PRO 160 would be my 1st choice (-S for portriture -C for general purpose)

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For nice soft tones, there's Fuji Astia.

For nice saturation without the undue violence to skin tones of Velvia, there's Kodak Portra VC.
Every time I think about loading one of my medium formats with Velvia, I have to ask myself, "What are the odds I'm going to end up shooting people?"....and unless I'm specifically headed out to not shoot people and shoot at least a whole roll, I tend to leave the Velvia in the fridge. I usually end up grabbing a roll of Fuji Provia instead. I also like the Astia very much.
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