I'd like to know what works for you regarding these films

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  1. Digidurst

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    Hi all :smile:

    I currently use the following films:
    Fuji NPS 160 (120 & 4x5 sheet)
    Fuji Provia 120 (120 & 4x5 sheet)
    Ilford FP4+ 125 (4x5 sheet)
    Ilford HP5+ (120)
    Forte Fortepan 200 (4x5 sheet)

    I know that all of these films have information online or on enclosed data sheets regarding reciprocity, etc. But I would be curious to know what other users have had success with. For example, I typically shoot FP4+ at 100 instead of 125 and my reciprocity runs the gambit depending on the situation; Thank God it's a forgiving film because sometimes I totally forget to compensate at all. And I'm really wanting for information regarding the Fortepan as I've never shot with it before. I bought it because it was cheap and wanted to give it a go.

    So, does anyone care to share? Hey, thanks in advance!
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    The only one of those films I use regularly is Provia 100F. In flat light (overcast sky, open shade) try pushing it one stop and it will give you a little more contrast with only a small grain penalty. This example in 35mm was under the shade of trees (Canon F-1N, FD 600/4.5, 15mm ext tube).
     
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    What information are you looking for? How we shoot each film?

    It depends on the application I'm using each film for. In my case, normal printing vs. alt-process printing. Scanning for slide film.

    I have used FP4+ in 4x5 & 8x10 (as well as smaller sizes, but those are strictly for silver printing at this time). I usually rate the film at 125.

    I have used Provia in the 4x5 & 8x10. I usually rate the film at 100 and go from there.

    I have tried HP5+ in 120 size a couple of times and have some unused 4x5. I'm not sure if I like the looks of this stuff yet.

    I gave some unused 4x5 NPS to someone as it had expired and I'm not shooting a lot of 4x5 at the moment.
     
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    David that is one very nice photo of a bluejay.
     
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    I use Ilford FP4+ in all sizes from 35mm to 5x7", and only use other films when I (A) need something different - like IR or colour, or (B) have run out of that size. Depending on the developer I expose it at 50 to 200, but can't really convince myself that I couldn't shoot everything at 50.

    Sometimes I use HP5+, but that is rare.

    Since Norwegian vegetation tends to be very green I stay a long way away from all Fuji colour films, I prefer the colours I get from Kodak.
     
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    Yeah! We know what the little inserts say but it's interesting to hear about how others handle certain situations with particular films. Like David with his bluejay - Nice shot, David!
     
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    That's good to know about the Forte! Like I said, I just bought a box to try and I'm not familiar with it's quirks. When you expose it at 100 iso, do you alter your processing at all?