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    What film to count on being available for high quality architecture and landscapes?

    I have come back, or want to come back to film photography to gain large image quality. After an absence of a couple years I decided I want to use my Sinar 4x5 to shoot architecture and urban landscapes. The images I get from my DSLR's just are not cutting it and I don't have the cash to shell out for a pro digital back. I thought why not get a decent scanner, break out the film camera and go to work. I have the equipment why not put it back into service? But now am discovering that the films I wanted to use are almost impossible to get? I am looking for suggestions on which products are available and may remain available for the foreseeable future? I used to shoot Ektichrome, Tri-x and do Polaroid test shots. I would like to shoot color transparency as my main format. I would really appreciate your suggestions for film, processing and sources? Thanks!

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    Ektachrome 100G 4x5 is still around, Tri-X 4x5 too. Fuji Instant 100C and 3000B in 4x5 as well (Polaroid is gone). I'm in Canada so not sure about processing, sorry.
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    I would use Fuji Provia 100F, and Fuji Provia 400 X.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I would use Fuji Provia 100F, and Fuji Provia 400 X.
    Is 400X available as 4x5 now? If so, I am buying a stash of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Is 400X available as 4x5 now? If so, I am buying a stash of it!
    Alas, no, it is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Is 400X available as 4x5 now? If so, I am buying a stash of it!
    Sorry I'm not a L/F user I assumed it was.
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    It's really too bad it isn't. It is a great film. With the discontinuation or Portra 400NC went the last fast color 4x5 film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    It's really too bad it isn't. It is a great film. With the discontinuation or Portra 400NC went the last fast color 4x5 film.
    Untrue I believe. New Portra 160 and 400 are both available in 4x5. Freestyle seems to have both in stock.

    Sadly I think chromes are just about dead in any size. C-41 hopefully will last a while longer. Smoke 'em if you got 'em...
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    I have pushed Portra 400 to 3200 with excellent results, best fast color film ever produced, I would say its even better at 1600+ then 400 ( a bit more color punch)

    I havent any scanned (that I can put online) but a bit google gives:

    Big review (get a coffee but its worth it) http://figitalrevolution.com/2010/12...ra-400-review/

    @3200: http://www.camerasandfilm.com/archives/418
    @1600: http://www.camerasandfilm.com/archives/409

    and on flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phloodp...7626086079045/

    love the new Portra, i would say its the best color negative film ever produced
    (and its even exist in 8x10)
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpulley View Post
    Untrue I believe. New Portra 160 and 400 are both available in 4x5. Freestyle seems to have both in stock.

    Sadly I think chromes are just about dead in any size. C-41 hopefully will last a while longer. Smoke 'em if you got 'em...
    You are correct! I was thinking of 5x7 format, not 4x5.
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