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Portra 400

Postby Mradford » Tue May 29, 2012 9:52 am

I know that most film photographers have always stuck to Velvia when shooting the sierras. Or at least that's what it seems like. I was wondering if anyone has used toe new Portra 400 in the back country. I am heading up to Miter Basin in a a few weeks and bringing my Mamiya 645 with me and probably a bunch of portra 400. I am very new to landscape photography so this will be my first real attempt in the sierras. just wondering what you guys think.


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Re: Portra 400

Postby maverick » Tue May 29, 2012 12:14 pm

HI Mike,

Here are a couple of reviews, and the last link gives you side by side comparisons
of different films, very cool:
http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2011/05/ko ... -400-film/
http://photo.net/film-and-processing-forum/00YwPD
http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2011/02/co ... on-pt-two/
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Re: Portra 400

Postby LMBSGV » Tue May 29, 2012 9:45 pm

I've found choice of film to some extent depends on the camera and lens as well as your own sensibility. I use a Leica M with a 35mm Summicron, 90mm Elmarit M and sometimes a 50mm Summicron and find Velvia over-saturates the colors and so prefer Provia 100, which renders the colors more naturally. When I use my Nikon, it's a toss-up between Velvia 50 and Provia 100.

As to a Mamiya, I would do a test role of each if you have the time and come to your own conclusion. Every camera and lens has its own distinctive character.
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Re: Portra 400

Postby Mradford » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:08 pm

So i ended up using the portra 400 on the trip i went on. Some of the shots i am super stoked on while others seemed to have some issues (user error) with the polarizer. Also, i wish i would have brought a wide angle for my mamiya. Ill have to post a few shots later!
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Re: Portra 400

Postby mello » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:10 pm

I have used Portra 400, 35mm with a Canon A-1. I was really pleased with the results, but I can't compare to Velvia, which I have never used. Do you have some of your shots from the trip posted somewhere? I'd love to see some taken with the Mamiya.
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