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    Kodak portra 160VC for landscape?

    Hi!

    I'm curious about using portra 160VC for landscape photography.
    Is it really that bad as people write in those reviews?

    Is there any alternative to portra in 4x5?
    I want to print those too, so it would be nice that the film
    is color neg. In Finland ilfochrome stuff is way too expensive.

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    Well, there's always Fuji Pro 160S or 160C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timpppa View Post
    Hi!

    I'm curious about using portra 160VC for landscape photography.
    Is it really that bad as people write in those reviews?

    Is there any alternative to portra in 4x5?
    I want to print those too, so it would be nice that the film
    is color neg. In Finland ilfochrome stuff is way too expensive.
    Portra 160VC - the VC stands for vivid color, i.e. high saturation. Kodak states it is intended for use under controlled lighting conditions, i.e. in the studio. That said, I used it for landscape in 4x5" and liked the results. I am not aware of any terrible reviews - for people who do not like the film for some reason, there is the normal saturation NC (normal color) variant!

    Incidentally, I would probably have liked Porta 160VC a lot less if I had exposed it at 160 - as with all color neg materials, I cut the ISO rating in half and expose at 80 in this case.


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    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by timpppa View Post
    I'm curious about using portra 160VC for landscape photography.
    Is it really that bad as people write in those reviews?
    Joe Cornish did an interview with a photographer who shoots color negative for landscape work. It is in the July 2006 issue of Outdoor Photography (UK).
    Robert M. Teague
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverhead View Post
    Fuji Pro 160S or 160C.
    Well yes! I just need to buy them either from Holland or UK, it seems that one can't buy it from Finland... I think I'll try both portra and Pro 160.

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    I use Portra 160VC for landscapes and like it. It accents warm colors a little, which is my preference. I wasn't aware of terrible reviews either...
    "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement." - Jim Horning

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    I first tried it w/flash doing portrait/people shots and liked the results.

    I'm hoping to try using it for outdoor, landscape-type shots soon to challenge its versatility.

    Given that the new Porta is optimized for scanning - the more uses possible, the better as far as I'm concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timpppa View Post
    Hi!

    I'm curious about using portra 160VC for landscape photography.
    Is it really that bad as people write in those reviews?

    Is there any alternative to portra in 4x5?
    I want to print those too, so it would be nice that the film
    is color neg. In Finland ilfochrome stuff is way too expensive.
    Before a disagreement over this starts, can you give us some references to these bad reviews?

    Thanks.

    PE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Before a disagreement over this starts, can you give us some references to these bad reviews?

    Thanks.

    PE
    I agree with PE. What bad reviews are you talking about? I use it exclusively for landscape photography in 4x5 and 8x10 formats. I think it's great stuff.

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    I ran across a guy's site awhile back that was using the NC variety for pictures of Venice. They were really nice, but then it was a style that suited the film, so I would say depending on the look/mood your after it might suit your purpose. Your going to have to shoot a roll in different lighting conditions and see for yourself. I've shot it and it looks good to me from an old TLR, but I have been preferring E100 lately and the slide is a whole different beast. Do a test and post it for us to see.
    W.A. Crider

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