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    Best B&W portrait film?

    I've got a studio session coming up and will have some spare time for myself - hopefully! I then plan to do some B&W film work for which I need a good clear and bright result with smooth skin tones. Not taken film in the studio before so any opinions would be great.
    I currently use FP4+ and Prescysol (staining developer) for all my landscapes, I find it perfect for this but is this a good option for the studio?
    Oh, it will all be done on a Contax 645.
    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emanded View Post
    I've got a studio session coming up and will have some spare time for myself - hopefully! I then plan to do some B&W film work for which I need a good clear and bright result with smooth skin tones. Not taken film in the studio before so any opinions would be great.
    I currently use FP4+ and Prescysol (staining developer) for all my landscapes, I find it perfect for this but is this a good option for the studio?
    Oh, it will all be done on a Contax 645.
    Many thanks.
    If you are familiar and happy with this combination (and I don't see why you wouldn't be) use it for portraits as well. No better tool than the one you know!

    I predict, it will be just fine.
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    I think the best black and white portrait film left is Plus-X. Quite a nice flavor to it!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    I too would recommend sticking to your usual film and developer. If your usual film were something bizarre, it might be different.
    Charles Hohenstein

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    I really like TMX @ 100 ASA. I use D-76/ID-11.

    Just a thought, I find Posing, Lighting & Composition are pretty important! I love North Window light!

    Have a wonderful time making your portraits!
    Bill Clark

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    I have consistently achieved very nice skin tones in the past on Kodak Plus-X 125.
    I see that you shoot mostly Ilford FP4+, which is their direct competitor to Plus-X.
    So...I'd stick with that, because that great tonal range is "easy" to get in the old emulsion films. And if you're shooting 120, then there won't be any grain to speak of anyway!

    Best,
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    FP-4 and D23 always gave me the best skin tones. Perhaps Tri-X and D23 would be even better, but I do not recall ever having used it for people pictures.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Yes, FP4+ is a great film for portraiture, no problem.

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    Another vote for stick with what you've got, FP-4 is a great film for Portraits

    Ian

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    TMY-2 400 gives you an extra 2 stops so you can lower the lights a bit.
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