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    What's your favorite currently available 120 color negative film?

    Just as the title says.

    I want to get the 'best' overall film for my (new to me) MF camera. I shoot a wide range of stuff from portraits to art, to landscape, etc. I'm looking for the best color, contrast, finest grain, and one that allows upto 16x20 enlargements with little to no loss in image quality.

    I've never really use any of the currently available color film, so I don't know the differences between the Portra/Ektar/Pro H familes of film out there. Any other current offerings are welcome as well.

    Thanks!

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    Kodak Portra 160. I have used it for ages. The Fuji equivalent is just as good and probably about the same price.

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    My fave is Portra 160 also. But if you don't know the difference I suggest you shoot a roll of each. I tried Ektar and found that I like it sometimes and don't most other times. I don't think I would understand that as well as I do if I hadn't tried it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    My fave is Portra 160 also. But if you don't know the difference I suggest you shoot a roll of each. I tried Ektar and found that I like it sometimes and don't most other times. I don't think I would understand that as well as I do if I hadn't tried it myself.
    This is similar to what I've found myself. I like either Portra for general use and it does well in nearly every situation, but if I know I want punchy colors and contrast, I'll bring Ektar along. Otherwise it's E6 and Portra.

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    Well, there is some quality about Kodak Portra that I can't find anywhere else. Also, there is some quality in Fuji Pro I can't find anywhere else, and...
    ... you know what? You really can't go wrong with the color films out there

    Personally, I tend to like Fuji and Ektar more for outdoor/nature/architecture photos, and the Portras for photos concentrating on people - but that's just my taste (and likely lack of ability). However, I typically use whatever I have at hand regardless of situation, and am always perfectly happy with the film (if not my abilities).

    Current color film choice is like a small but elegant buffet; they are all wonderful, so sample every one. Try each film across different situations, and find which best suits your tastes.

    (Regarding contrast and saturation of films like Ektar or Velvia, I am not good, so am still learning them; but I like them immensely. For me, the learning is more when to best use them, not whether to use them.)
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    Portra 160 it is then. That was easy.

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    I like Kodak Portra160 or 400 for portraits and Kodak Ektar for general photography.
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    I like Portra 400 because I see little difference between it and 160 (some, but little) and like the extra speed. As others said, Portra for flattering people and realistic rendering, Ektar 100 for sharpness and saturated colors.

    They're all good today.


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    Ektar by far. I like the Saturated colours, but it can get out of control wildly. Just need to know when and where.
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    I sont shoot color neg that often, I'm an E6 guy. But when I do its Portra 400 or Ektar.

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