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Old 09-16-2005   #11
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Thank you Denny, Narsuitus and Stephanie for your input. Alot of good info and recommendations. I have used a few of these in the past, but its been so long. When I get what I need and shoot, I will then post the results here so you can all see what I did.

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Old 09-17-2005   #12
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OK Michelle, glad we could confuse you sufficiently...
I am shooting Reala in 35mm, T-Max 100 in 6X6, and Tri-X 320 in 4X5, this weekend at a local festival... Boy am I confused... I see a shot, look down at my waist and discover I'm holding a 35mm eye level camera... Or I see a shot, hold the camera to my eye and disicover I'm holding up a TLR with a waist level finder... Or I see a shot, lift the camera and then tip over sideways because it's the 4X5 attached to a tripod and weighs about the same as a good size boulder...
Now these are all old cameras, but then again I'm an old photographer...

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Old 12-04-2013   #13
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Personally I like Kodak Portra VC, skin tones are natural and the vivid color seems to make the clothing colors pop some it there are any bold colors. I generally expose for ASA 125 to slightly over expose and I meter for the shadows.
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Old 12-04-2013   #14
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Oops, my mistake, I just looked in the freezer to see what Portra I have, it is NOT VC, just Portra, the older Portra film came in vivid color and as softer color formula, but I guess they have dropped the two for the one. I also have some Kodak Pro 100 I am waiting to shoot just to see how it treats skin tone and colors. Maybe this coming spring when I re-shoot the grandkids outside w/fill flash. I have 6 willing photo volunteers, my grandkids that all like to be in front of a lens.
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Old 12-06-2013   #15
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Michele, did you make a decision? For B&W I use Tmax because of the great tonal separation and the fine grain...as Minoltamike2 noted, for color, Portra (to be specific Portra 160) really is a great film that can be quite flattering with skin tones and has great latitude since you will be in different light sources.
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Michele, did you make a decision?
I hope she did. Michele asked more than 8 years ago!
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I hope she did. Michele asked more than 8 years ago!
That'll teach me to wear my glasses !😄
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You didn't say just what format, but for 35mm, I liked Agfa Portrait Professional 160. I use to buy it from B&H.


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I used to like that film Joe I shot more weddings with it than I care to remember, but it must be more than 20 years since it was made and more than a decade since Agfa went bankrupt.
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Old 05-24-2015   #19
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The new Portra 160 & 400, blow away all others for portrait work. Simply amazing films.
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This is a pretty old thread and Michele seems to have vanished.
I would second the recommendation for Portra 160.

The real problem is finding a reliable lab for development.


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