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    Seeking Recommendations for a Colour Negative Film

    A long-time shooter of black and white film (as well as - sigh - Kodachrome and Ektachrome), I confess to little experience with colour negative film. In fact, over the three decades that I have been shooting, I would (over) estimate to having shot less that 20 rolls of colour negative stock. So, here is my question: My nephew is getting married in June and asked if I would shoot the "candid moments" of his wedding (a professional wedding photographer, with d*****l, will be shooting the formal pics). Both my nephew (23) and his bride (25) are insistent that I shoot film (twist my arm, kids). The issue? He wants black and white (a mix of HP5/Tri-X and Delta 3200, depending upon the location), and she wants colour. So, what do I use? Do I push a 400 ISO film, when required, and hope for the best? Thoughts? Advice? Oh, and my nephew asked that I shoot with the Leicas "because they don't make any sound, so you won't be noticed when you are shooting people." An interesting remark, I thought, from a confessed technophile.
    An assortment of F-series Nikons (F to F6, excluding the F4) with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.

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    I've been shooting a number of friends/relatives weddings. I used to shot with fixed lenses (35, 85, 135). The lens i used most was the 85 (planar 1.4) that can be used without a tripod with a 100 iso. When available Fuji Reala was the main choice. Now i use Kodak Ektar (100 iso) and kodak portra (160 iso). This is my experience. Consider i live in central Italy where marriages take place (mainly) from april to september when there's plenty of light (sometimes too harsh....) To be honest i do not know the light conditions up there in BC. If i were in your shoes i would just use a couple of lenses (a wide angle and a short tele). I think you're in a privileged position. No pressure to deliver a "formal" product, possibility to take pictures to a young couple that is, from a photographic point of view, a great chance. I think your dear old leicas will outplace the "official photographer" super digital gear.Enjoy yourself :-)

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    Re: Seeking Recommendations for a Colour Negative Film

    I would shoot Portra 160 or NPH400.

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    What powasky said.

    I WOULD NOT use Kodak Ektar 100.

    Personally, I think you should let the hired pro take care of the color with his digital.

    If I were in your shoes, I would stick to B&W. and later - at your leisure- have silver gelatin fiber print made - in this way, you are value adding above and beyond what the hired pro will be furnishing.

    This is from being in your shoes once before.
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    Portra is sufficiently different from digital, it's worth evaluating. Use what B&W film you are familiar with. Familiarity is more important than specific choices.

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    I would use portra but then I would refuse to do candid shots and using film. Doing candid means I would need faster film which is a disadvantage of film. I rather be the official photographer and take the the set up shots where I can supply enough light for film.

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    Another option is to think about saying NO. Weddings and photography are a sneaky plan of the devil to fracture families and it works. Sickness is a valid out. Use it!!!! Find some way out. I'd rather have teethe pulled by terrified amatuers (stolen fromW.S.Gilbert, I confess) than do another wedding. Save yourself first, then the women and children.
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    Did you mention whether you're going to be indoors or outdoors? I like to use unfiltered tungsten-balanced film under mixed lighting indoors (without the use of a flash). I could be mistaken but I think you can still get tungsten balanced negative film in the form of 35mm cine stock (I am still using Fuji T64 which is an E6 film).

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    I'd use a flash, and film ISO 400 or slower. I also wouldn't worry too much about the "Leica request" except maybe in a church whre sound may be a problem. At reception... there is likely to be som much noise and excitement that nobody would notice even a really loud camera (like a Hasssssy).

    For color negs... Porta, for sure.

    For B&W... Ilford.

    One camera for each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whlogan View Post
    Another option is to think about saying NO. Weddings and photography are a sneaky plan of the devil to fracture families and it works. Sickness is a valid out. Use it!!!! Find some way out. I'd rather have teethe pulled by terrified amatuers (stolen fromW.S.Gilbert, I confess) than do another wedding. Save yourself first, then the women and children.
    Logan
    Scratch what I said above; this guy has the right idea.

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