I like the exposure latitude of neg film for landscapes - and that is one very good technical reason to use film for landscapes rather than a digital camera. It is the same reason that I use neg rather than slide film. You'll never have to use a graduated filter again, unless you are into that kind of thing of course. Thirteen stops of usable latitude solves problems that graduated filters can't.
The two outstanding colour landscape films at the moment, in my opinion anyway, are Kodak Ultra Color 100 (also known as Portra 100 Ultra in some countries, I think) and the recent Fuji Pro 160S, the replacement for NPS, which appears to be in the same league as UC 100. They are both extremely low graininess films. Ultra 100 is about the same true speed as Portra 160 NC, according to my tests, and the 'Ultra' is a bit misleading.
The attached snap was taken with Ultra 100 inside a glasshouse. Though it may not be obvious in the little jpeg, there is detail all over the shades (effectively the same brightness as the light source) and under the shelves.
Last edited by Helen B; 09-24-2005 at 03:57 PM. Click to view previous post history.