After shooting the Kodak 400VC with the Plaubel Makina 67, I shot another roll, this time the recently introduced Porta 400 Professional. This films replaces both the Portra 400 NC and VC versions. Kodak says it is optimized for scanning with finer grain than it’s predecessors, while its look is more close to the NC version.
It’s a great modern emulsion which can be shot at 400 ISO with no problems (I usually shoot the NC and VC versions at ISO 250). It is often stated that a more neutral film is easier for scanning, it’s easier to add contrast and saturation at post process than to reduce it. The scanned results of the Portra 400 are very good, color is excellent and the grain is indeed limited (at medium format 6×7 negative that is).
Despite of the very good characteristics of this film, the Kodak 400VC version remains my favorite. The saturation and contrast of the VC is better for my taste without having to mess with post process. Unfortunately Kodak has only kept the 400 Professional version in production so in order to get the vivid look I will have to settle with Kodak Ektar 100 (for color negative film). Of course shooting ISO 100 films on a 6×7 camera handheld requires good lighting conditions, furthermore the latitude of the Ektar is very limited, more close to a slide than negative film, so the Portra 400 Professional will be the film of my choice for travel photography.
All images below were shot with the Plaubel Makina 67 using Koda Portra 400 Professional. (the panoramic image with orange surface is crop of a much larger image, the same goes for the blue geometric shape image, that the good thing with a 6×7 negative scanned at 4000dpi, it gives you plenty of megapixels for cropping!!)
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