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Using and scanning Portra 400NC v 160NC

sperera

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So I took the opportunity of using Portra 400NC for the fist time the other day along with Portra 160NC on a couple of private client (daughters and son) Communion shoots.
All shots taken on Hasselblad 2000 FC/M bought off Polarcircle using old C lenses. I purposely shot contrasty scenes in order to see what the film could handle.....
 

sperera

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Here's the Portra 160NC rated at 100asa
 

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sperera

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Here's the Portra 400NC......rated at 320 asa
 

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sperera

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Conclusions: I was blown away by the Portra 400NC. I think it is a superb film that questions having to use 160NC. I really can't tell the difference in grain scanning it and for two more stops what more do you want. I tried Fuji 400H the other day but didn't overexpose it like everyone says so the jury still out....I prefer the Kodak palette though in general.

Bokeh....loving the 150mm old silver C lens I have.....and my fave 80mm CF of course.....
 

bigalbest

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I've started using the 160nc after seeing your other thread and really love the look and feel. These photos look great also, I'll have to try the 400. I noticed on the Hasselblad owners club site the top ten pictures of the month you had three, well done!
Here is my favorite 160nc shot I've done recently, shot on an H1 with 80mm:

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sperera

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really???? in the Hasselblad owners club?????? ha, i havent seen it!!! send me a link where i can see the voting or whatever it is....thanks!
 

sperera

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cool, just saw it.....hahaha thats great....being voted on by peers is the best thing.....i'm proud to represent the undervalued (these days) Hasselblad V legacy system with my shots!
 

Double Negative

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Those shots are beautiful! Stunning all around; composition, lighting, image qualities...

I just recently shot a bunch of 160VC. Nice film, but a touch grainier than I expected. I can see how the 400NC would be similar. I'm definitely going to have to give it a try. I want to try Ektar in 120 as well and see how that works out.
 

sperera

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thanks for posting......you have everything thats great about film in those shots....the flavour you just wont get on digital....the way the blown highlights are totally acceptable........this is very interesting for me to see....the tonality is distinctly NOT Portra....what Im most interested to see is its scanability in comparision......

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