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11-05-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
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Need recommendation on 400 color film in 120 formats

I have been gradually increased my use of color film. So far my favorite on 100 speed is the Kodak Ektar 100 in 120 formats.

I wonder if any of you have a liking for 400 color film in 120 formats, I need ideas. I use it mostly for candids on people and street shooting. I use 100 when I have access to tripod or when the weather is good but I like to have more freedom in hand-holding shots and hence I want to give 400 a try on color, please suggest me for films to try.

Also, any good color film that works well for indoor shots. I mostly develop in Dwayne's photo and a local shop. I therefore don't have means of pushing the film for development. Any links to film resources with recommendation are appreciated as well.

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You can't go wrong with either Kodak Portra 400 or Fuji Pro 400H.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
You can't go wrong with either Kodak Portra 400 or Fuji Pro 400H.
I tried Fuji Pro 400H and I have mixed results, some are good and some not-so-good can be attributed to my problems with metering in Yahsica. I still have few more on Fuji Pro 400H to try out more. It works well with my 645N but my bad shots with Fuji pro 400H may have something to do with my inaccurate metering with my Yashica mat 124G.

And big thanks for the suggestion on Portra 400. I am a bit confused as I thought I see Portra 160 VC as well. I will definitely try Portra 400 as I remember seeing great photos from it.

Between the two, which one you think will work better for indoor? And which one you like for landscape?

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I am really jazzed with the new Kodak Portra 400 but have only used 35mm of it.
Below is a full res indoor mixed lighting shot which is a straight up neutral Coolscan 9000 scan with with no pre or post other then copyright.



Full res 1Meg file -> http://www.fototime.com/365707A1F83E31F/orig.jpg
More then 100% view and you will see JPEG artifacting.

This is a latitude test of this new Kodak Portra 400.



Larger version -> http://www.fototime.com/B1379B2FE749C83/orig.jpg

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Looking through some past archives of Pro 400H to post for you and found some Fuji Provia 400X and Fuji Sensia 400 slide. The Provia 400X is still available in 120 and it's of course much finer grained then it's negative counterpart.
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I have to second LessDMess' recommendation for portra. I shot a little bit of both Portra and the older version the Portra VC(?) in my wife's Diana and I was very happy with the results. Also if you want more info on it check out the FPP site (BW photographer Matt Sowers Shoots New Portra | Film Photography Project). Since Kodak brought it out, there's not a show that passes where they don't mention it.
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This set on flickr was shot using a Lubitel 2 and Fuji Pro 400H: Bath flickr set

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You all are so awesome. I have the Kodak Portra 400 ordered as a pack of five and I still have 2 more Fuji Pro 400H to use. In 100 I still have 3 rolls of Kodak Ektar left and I really like the initial results. I am all covered for now for color films.

The provia, velvia and perhaps other slide will be my next to try as I have been wanting to try the ultimate color and I am sure I will have more questions to ask for my next venture.

Thanks a bunch again,
Hin

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New Portra 400 is really really good. 400H tends to be a bit pale/blue-green, though with fresh film that isn't as pronounced. More of a 'mood' film than Portra.

here's my portra shots, some are 135 but a quite many are 120.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=80682954@N00&q=new%20portra
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