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    Help me choose color negative film, please.

    Please make a recommendation for medium speed color 35 negative film..... In my old days, I used to shoot almost exclusively Kodak products but that was 25+ years ago.

    I don't usually shoot color film these days, so I need APUGers to help me choose one. I will be shooting fall foliage in North Carolina area next months. I like crisp and colorful image, so I am thinking Kodak Ektar but I'm not sure if color saturation will be too over-the-top. I'm thinking Portra would normally be for Portrait or people photography? Would using Portra 160VC be apprpriate?
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Kodak Ektar has high saturation, fine grain, and an acceptable skin tone registration as opposed to films like velvia. I don't think too much color saturation will be a problem, especially in a world dominated by saturated digital images, plus the saturation of Ektar is not unreasonable.
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    I also go with Kodak Ektar.

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    A third voice for Ektar. The saturation is not so unreasonable that it looses nuances in the midtones. How much of it ends up in the print also depends on the way you make that.

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    I'd suggest the Portra films - either 160 VC or 160 NC.

    I've never had difficulty getting good colour from either. The NC will give you more subtlety, whereas the VC will be more vivid. Personally, I lean toward subtlety when it comes to foliage.
    Matt

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    I knew unanimous responses were impossible here on the APUG land!
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    I knew unanimous responses were impossible here on the APUG land!
    I haven't shot the Ektar - it might have been added to the list if I had .

    I have shot the older Kodak Ultra, and would have recommended it as well if it were easily available.

    I think that when you are dealing with strong and colourful subjects, your choice will be a matter of personal taste.

    IMHO it is the subtle shades that are more film specific.
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    I knew unanimous responses were impossible here on the APUG land!
    Then your not disappointed.
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    Kodak Ektar 100 is great but would also recommend Kodak Gold 100 as well as Fuji 160C & 160S.

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    Hi tkamiya

    I've always liked Kodak Portra 160 VC. Very clean in the shadows.

    Fred Newman

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