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09-29-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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Best low light colour film?

Any suggestions?
I suspect I will be needing 1600 for hand held shooting at f4 1/60 ish.

Hopefully not to pricey - I may not be allowed to take photos during the tour.

Thx

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Kodak Portra 800, Fuji NPZ800 and Fuji Natura. Natura is a 1600 speed film not commonly available outside of Japan.
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i tried Kodak Portra (new version) 160 iso pushed @1250 and it's just astonishing : almost no grain at all, still a big DR, very natural skin color.

i guess the Portra 800 might be quite close when pushed @1600.

Whatare you going to shoot ? if it's a concert, then, be ready for the tricky metering part
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Fuji superia 1600 can be had at auction sites usually way overpriced.

Portra 800 would be my choice, Excellent film!

Too bad you cant do B&W, lots more options there.....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Corto-PA Quote
Too bad you cant do B&W, lots more options there.....
He has 2 film body ... why don't you suggest him to load the 2nd one with B&W film ?

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Mattt, Corto-PA has something to tell you
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Sadly to say, but the best low-light color film is a high ISO digital sensor.


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Well it was for a walking/bus tour of a steel factory. Although none of the pre tour media announced it. No photography allowed. I was hoping to make some industrial shots of molten metal and sparks and steam.

My Kr is considered small, but my ME fits in my coat pocket.

Thanks for the input. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattt Quote
Well it was for a walking/bus tour of a steel factory. Although none of the pre tour media announced it. No photography allowed. I was hoping to make some industrial shots of molten metal and sparks and steam.
Were you at the Dofasco tour today? I so, shame you're not supposed to take pictures .

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Were you at the Dofasco tour today? I so, shame you're not supposed to take pictures .
Yep, no photos. Disappointing, but the tour was great. None of the documents nor the indoctrination called out no photography, but I asked my guide and he said no. I can respect that.

I'd love to spend a half our shooting the coal piles - its like some sort of moon scape.

Are you an employee/retiree?
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Are you an employee/retiree?
Employee, I work in Research, I'm the Welding Engineer and manage the metallography and mechanical testing lab.

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I'd love to spend a half our shooting the coal piles - its like some sort of moon scape.
I absolutely agree. I think that lighting can be very tricky, but with there are all sorts of subtleties of shadow that can be caught especially with the bulldozer tracks. Oh well, if you work there maybe you can go back to some of those places and take some pictures anyways (however, then you'll have to worry about H&S concerns).

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I bought a few packs a week ago still waiting to receive. Natura 1600
Fujicolor NATURA 3 Rolls 35mm Film 36 exp Japanese by CineStill
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I bought a few packs a week ago still waiting to receive. Natura 1600
Fujicolor NATURA 3 Rolls 35mm Film 36 exp Japanese by CineStill
I've never heard of that film before, I wonder if it's any good. Has Superia 1600 been discontinued?
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I'm use Fuji Provia 400F (slide film) and push up it to 1600. It is better then all 800-1600 ISO negatives.
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Roman, I would be interested to see those comparisons.
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Roman, I would be interested to see those comparisons.
I will need some time to find the scanned images with Fuji Provia in my archive. I can't provide scann from negative film, because I tried them about 10-12 years ago and the result was so bad that I simply threw out negatives. Grain spoiled the image already on a 15х20cm print. It were Fuji Press 1600 and 800 films.
Probably I got excited accusing all negative films, especially modern. But Fuji Provia 400F pushed to 1600ISO grain doesn't exceed some grain modern 400ISO negative films.
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