In doors at night low light colour film options.
OK it would seem that if you want to shoot indoors at night that even in the days when film was a lot more popular your best bet was to push 320T, I don't quite understand why there wasn't a demand for fast colour negative tungsten balanced film, anyway there's a few options I'm leaning to.
Shooting with Portra 800 and just correcting late.
Shooting Portra 800 with an 82b and also correcting in post as a compromise.
Shooting with Fuji 1600 or maybe even 400x pushed two stops and an 80b still even with such a fast film I'm left with the equivalent of 500 or 640 and my 50mm lens is only a 1.8 (I do need a 1.4.).
I'm not sure if I can think of anything else, what would be the best option?
If you mean what is your best option in color film in terms grain then I rate the following from least to most grainy based on their box speed - Kodak Portra 800, Fuji NPZ800, Fuji Natura 1600, Fuji Superia 1600. Fuji Superia 1600 grain is not close to any of the others.
I have also pushed process Fuji Provia 400F by 2 (1600) and gotten better grain then Fuji Superia 1600 but not as good as Natura.
I wish Fuji Natura becomes available in the US!
At box speed the following are very good - Kodak Portra 400, Fuji 400X and Fuji 400H. Again Fuji Superia 400 and Kodak Max 400 are not close to these.
I wasn't really asking about grain, I know the Fuji 1600 will be the most grainy result but with an 80b filter the colour should be almost perfect with very little change needed in post, but I'm not sure if it's worth it. Are you sure Natura isn't just Superia 1600?
I'm trying to take photos indoors at night under tungsten lighting with no flash, and I don't really want the colour balance to be too out. I know with the
New Portra 400 seems to be the best. Pushes well to 1600.
Lighting these days is mixed, how many tungsten bulbs do you find? Most have been replaced by those awful flourescent bulbs that don't have the same temperature as the tubes.
I had good luck with Portra 800 under tungsten with no filtering at all.
I think some of the fuji 4 layer stuff does well also.
Not ideal but correctable.
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All I listed are daylight balanced film and all will require the same treatment.
Originally Posted by ajuk
I am sure that Fuji Natura (ISO 1600) film is not Fuji Superia 1600 and most evident in terms of grain.
I usually just shoot Portra 800 and correct it later (after scanning). Portra 400 is preferable if I don't need the extra stop. If I'm going to be shooting ONLY under tungsten and I can spare the light loss, shooting with a KB 6 filter can help a bit with the colors without dealing with the full filter factor of something like an 80b. I've found that unless it's REALLY low color temperature light, shooting without a filter with either of the above films works pretty well.
While there are a lot of compact fluorescents, many of them are still 'balanced' at tungsten-like temperatures. So the above still works, though you have to contend with the green with low CRI bulbs.
I can provide you with links of examples if you want.
I haven't got a KB 6 filter (80D) but I do have an 82B that I was thinking of using as a compromise are they quite similar?
I don't think either of the Fuji 1600 films are made anymore.
I was about to post a question on this very topic... I've noticed just how badly the Ektar 100 line is balanced to blue light when any kind of low-light indoors shot (even if there's enough light on the meter) comes out very yellow.
What would be the best filter to counter-act this?
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