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    Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Which one is your favorite medium format color film for people?

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Kodak Portra NC.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Kodak Portra NC.
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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Kodak Portra 160 NC

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    Portra 160 NC.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Kodak Portra NC.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    It has been many many years since I shot film----but I liked Kodak Portra 160 NC. Also liked Portra 400VC for a bit more punch.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Gosh
    I feel strange making this reco.
    Haven't shot film in years, makes me feel all nostalgic.
    I agree the kodak portra film were great.
    But I loved my Fuji Color Reala and NPZ 800
    For BW I use to always go for Fuji Acros, Ilford Delta 3200 and Ilford XP2 for convenience.
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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Portra 160 NC

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Porta 160 NC and Pro160C
    Porta 400NC and VC
    Reala100
    Ektar100
    Tareq

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    My favorite film for portraits so far has been Fuji Astia 100F. I have yet to try Kodak's E100G which seems to have some more pop. Astia has a very natural look. Some say it's muted while in fact it just lacks that boost we're used to from many other slide films. Astia is also known for balancing color temperature of various light sources really well. It's a more subtle transparency film.

    On the color negative side I've had great results from Kodak's Portra line and Fuji's Pro 160S. On weddings with it's uncontrolled lighting conditions color neg film is preferable. There's a review on the new Portra 400 at Figital Revolution. You can even get decent results at 1600 ASA from that film. The Fuji 400H seems to be close with a slightly more muted color palette.
    But in low light situations you will get a grainy look even from those modern films. That can be an aesthetic choice, especially when shooting people in available low light it can help to carry over the mood of the situation. And with negative film you don't have to worry about light sources within your frame because of their incredible headroom for highlight rendering. This is just something I see ruining so many digital low light shots. If however you prefer cleaner results the available digital options might be a much better choice.

    One more remark about Fuji. Fuji USA has stopped importing the Pro line color negative films from Japan. Kodak color neg films are much more accessible in the USA.

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    I honestly can't remember. Been that long since I shot film . My guess 11 years.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Having used it in 35mm, another vote for Portra 160 NC. Great detail & color and scans beautifully.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Fuji RAP (Astia)... the original one. Not RAP III (the current version). The first version was accurate beyond belief. The "improved" version was more reality on steroids... though nowhere near that of Provia, which I reserve for cloudy or hazy atmosphere.

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    Astia 100F
    Ektachrome 200 Pro
    Portra 160 NC

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    Re: Favorite medium format film for people, wedding?

    As expected, seems it is a personal tastes, may agree on one film but then we have different personal choices as well.
    In fact i started to use film just this year, so i don't have any long experience at all with film or old film, and so far i love many film i tasted for portraits, no one particular film as the best or top favorite yet, almost all are great on different applications of portraits.
    Tareq

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