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06-08-2015, 11:28 PM   #1
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Color Film

I'm sure that this is a well worn topic and I I've been looking for even a section and I'm sorry if I'm gunking the forums up with something that gets discussed a lot already. But,

I just got my MX back from Eric and I'm heading to Kauai next week and in addition to my dSLR, I'd like to take some choice film shots, most likely all nature, but we will be in a camp with a bunch of friends, so I might take some people photos too, though I suspect that I'll do more of that with digital. With film, I'll probably have plenty of light or my tripod.

I've enjoyed shooting color film, but have only used the Kodak Gold that my drugstore carries. The B&W that they carry though, blows me away. I wonder if it's worth trying some different color film to get to the same wow factor.

Any suggestions? Or do you want to point me to that discussion or forum that I can't find?

Thanks in advance,

06-08-2015, 11:52 PM   #2
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For landscapes, most people will recommend Kodak Ektar, but I'm not keen on it. I prefer Portra 160, though it may not have the colour and contrast typical of landscape shots, this can be amended in post. It will also be much better for photos around camp, especially portraits.
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I love Ektar and use more of it than anything else. It does tend to make faces look red and sunburnt, though.
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Ektar is the way to go for landscapes, and Portra is best for people, but since you have a mix, I'd recommend plain old Fuji Superia 200, which I believe is still available at Walmart. Be sure and do a test roll before you go.

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Thanks for the inputs, guys. I appreciate it.
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Try Lomography 100. The colors are very bright and and vivid. You can always tone it down in post processing after scanning.
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For "street" scenes ( These are all 6x7 on 120 roll film)
Kodak Porta 160
https://app.box.com/s/guawvk0g2ods4g0xlms00t42pvyrpovl

Kodak Ektar 100
https://app.box.com/s/mbi6jx0kykx6ga1h6as30l1xibslqy2n

Fuji Pro160NS
https://app.box.com/s/8dp6d858dgmn6u3o80nr
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Velvia, Velvia, and again I say Velvia!!!!!!

Have a go at slide film for a change!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Chuckie Quote
Velvia, Velvia, and again I say Velvia!!!!!!

Have a go at slide film for a change!!!
Yes, try slide film.

OP there is also Fuji Provia 100f that is very good.

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Ektar 100 is good for landscapes if you want dynamic range in a color negative film. If you want the best color and the least grain, slide film is the way to go, I'd say go with Velvia 100, the trade off of course is less dynamic range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by troika Quote
I've enjoyed shooting color film, but have only used the Kodak Gold that my drugstore carries. The B&W that they carry though, blows me away. I wonder if it's worth trying some different color film to get to the same wow factor.
Much depends on the type of photography you will be doing. Kodak Gold 200 does pretty well for snapshots and street photography. It is forgiving and not a bad choice, overall. Ektar 100 is wonderful stuff, but is picky about exposure with the penalty to be paid in contrast and color cast if the exposure is off. If you don't need the color saturation and/or fine grain of Ektar, go with the Gold.


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QuoteOriginally posted by troika Quote
I wonder if it's worth trying some different color film to get to the same wow factor.

Any suggestions? Or do you want to point me to that discussion or forum that I can't find?

Thanks in advance,
I am of the opinion that what you do with the film after the shot - scan and/or optical print, can greatly affect the wow factor more than the choice of film. Heck I even tried the unpredictably sourced - but very cheap, Lomography 100 film and it is a very good film in terms of color, contrast, latitude and grain.

BTW, there are many examples of various films in the long running :cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots thread
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I picked up 3 rolls of Ektar 100 and will plan to use my film camera for landscape/seascape and my dSLR for people/general. I really appreciate the advice. I will try some of the other suggestions in time. The local shop had a few choices, but Ektar was the one that jumped out and was his recommendation too.

I will post photos in a few weeks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Yes, try slide film.
Though, depending on where the original poster is, they may want to check what the development options are — since not everywhere that does C-41 does E-6.

Slide film is the only type I've got to send away if I want it developed properly, as nowhere in town still does in E-6. (Though lots of places still sell it, which is annoying.)

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I always thought Gold 200 was trash but the last time I bought it I noticed they have change cassette and film, I found the colour pleasant, much more than in the past and much better than Superia, almost (almost...) in the Portra range.







The last time I shot Gold 200 I found it boring and with dull colours...for these shots I used the A zoom 35-210 and my new to me K1000SE.
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