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    Quote Originally Posted by sbelyaev View Post
    It is much easier to scan UC100 than any of those portras.
    In terms of grain they are very similar.
    I don't like the look of portras in high contrast situatins (the shadows are too dark). NC gives muted colors.
    I doubt that there are better studio films than Portra, but for snapshots, particulary in sunny and colorful Florida, UC line of kodak film could be a better choice.
    Er... I don't know where you've been scanning, but the jump from V.1 to V.2 of Portra was a major improvement in the quality of the scanned image. And I mean even on an all-auto Frontier machine.

    I can't imagine what the V.3 version would look like (it touts finer grain and enhanced scanability), especially on a dedicated film scanner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbelyaev View Post
    It is much easier to scan UC100 than any of those portras.
    In terms of grain they are very similar.
    I don't like the look of portras in high contrast situatins (the shadows are too dark). NC gives muted colors.
    I doubt that there are better studio films than Portra, but for snapshots, particulary in sunny and colorful Florida, UC line of kodak film could be a better choice.
    I don't understand the scanning point.When the "new" Portra was introduced in the Fall of 2006 it was primarily because of its "enhanced" scannability.

    My own experience scanning with with a Nikon 5000D into TIF format is that afterwards, in PS, no changes are made even after do an auto-adjust. The Portra films seem to be very scanner-friendly.

    BTW: I may be fooling myself, but I like to think that most times I take more than just "snapshots". If that was all I was aiming to do - I'd just carry my cellphone.

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