Here's an example of the potential retro look of fuji instant. Speed graphic's lens provides the lack of depth of field.
Replace the child with a girl dressed in brown corduroy leaning on a babyfood colored volvo p1800es and you're hitting retro on all cylinders.
Originally Posted by jp498
Are you really experimenting with film? start trying as many different emultions (positive/negative) as you can then you will see which one leads you to where you want to go.
From your examples I don't believe you are looking to replicate those images, you are just bothered to be so far away from them: maybe its because you keep shooting digital?
The top and bottom photos benefit from high contrast. The bottom one can benefit from high saturation as well. Something like Kodak Ektar 100 would work decently. The other two are more ordinary, and would benefit from a professional film like Kodak Portra. In general, an amateur film like Kodak Gold 200 would be a good compromise for all.
This look is largely achieved now in digital post-production. With film, it's hit-or-miss with no combination of film, processing or gear assuring immediate, consistent results. Jonathan Leder is getting this and other vintage looks with film--purportedly with no digital processing--at Jacques magazine. I'd try current films with chalky, dialed down saturation and contrast like Fuji 400H and rate it at ISO100 for starters or just over-expose the bejessus out of it. I had some luck with Kodak's now-departed E200 slide film which was almost pallid compared to other Ektachrome materials. I'd avoid consumer C41 films which tend toward ramped-up saturation and contrast. It'll be a fishing trip but worth it if you can nail a few.
The second shot is from Ryan Mcginley http://ryanmcginley.com/
For that shot he used a yashica t4 and what looks like cheap consumer film.
Originally Posted by court2407
The shots, which are very typical of a point and shoot camera like the top two are also two or more stops overexposed, are on a cheap C41 stock like Kodak Gold or maybe a store branded film (Ritz/CVS etc.)
The streakers show a shutter lagging PS camera (middle overexposed, edges fine). Think CHEAPO.
You should get your flea-market shoes on and look for anything under a buck. Buy several. Get some 12 shot rolls and try out some shots on bright days, some right into the sun, and some while running, etc.
A durable tool for this is the Pentax WR-90, which can be had for cheap. It may be too good a lens though. Reloading a disposable works too.
I wonder if the original OP vanished from Earth?
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I vote for Kodak Gold 200.
What about the PX680 from the Impossible Project?