Preferences for fast colour neg?

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by Matt5791, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Matt5791

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    Who favours what for fast (more then 400ASA) colour negative film - as I see it there is a choice of:

    Portra 800 - does this push sucessfully to 1600?
    Fuji G 1600
    Fuji Superia 800

    Interested to hear any opinions on these.
     
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    Fuji NPZ 800, Superia 800 or Superia 1600 are good fast color films. I normally shoot Superia 1600 at 1000 and they come out really great. I tried Portra 800 but I didn't like the overly reddish hues.
     
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    Fuji 1600 was excellent for an evening airshow. Shot it at box speed, using a 300mm lens at max aperture of f6.3,(too poor to afford better) so not particularly large, and got reasonable pics in fading light.

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    i have a bunch of the fuji z800 and fuji press film ( 800 )
    and superia 800. great stuff.
    i can't really tell the difference between them :smile:

    i buy / use whatever i find cheepest.
    ( i got the press film for $1 / roll ... )

    good luck!
    john
     
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    I also shoot the Fuji 1600 at 1000 for best results. The 800 I shoot at 640. Both give good results.

    I have Portra 800 waiting in the fridge for an outing, but it's too slow for the indoor sports venue where I usually try such things.

    Seems there was a thread on the same subject a few weeks back. Might be worth a search.

    Lee

    The former thread was on EI's used for Fuji 1600: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum40/43987-rating-fuji-superia-1600-a.html
     
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    Superia/Press 800 is the best of the high-speed color print films, with a grain finer than a Kodak 400 or Agfa 200 film, an excellent color reproduction and a wide dynamic range with a realistic, not too soft contrast. It scans therefore extremely well, but I would recommend a soft color paper for direct printing.

    Superia/Press 1600 gives the (theoretical) advantage of being an entire f-stop faster, but there is little tolerance left for underexposure. I recommend to expose it rather generously and to avoid it for day-time outdoor photography in general, since its color saturation doesn't match that of the 800-speed brother, and the grain is more pronounced - like a Kodak 400 film ;-)

    I don't have any experience with Portra 800.

    Gut Licht!