During a trip with friends, I loaded my Makina 67 with Kodak Portra 800 film. I wanted to capture some snapshot in color, so the Portra 800 was best suited. I shoot it at ISO 640, at that speed I can take photos at f8 and f11 (Makina’s best apertures and at he same plenty of depth of field).
I also had my Sony NEX 5 with me, so (as it usually happens) I didn’t waste the whole film that day. Later that week, I went on a photo trip with the Nikon D700 as my main camera (you can check that at a previous post) but also had the Plaubel in the car. I decided to take some shots, although the Portra 800 is not ideal for landscapes (too much grain even in medium format when printed large).
As expected, the grain was present, but at the same time I was really impressed with the the way this film gave fantastic saturated colors. Much better than the Nikon D700 and with great tones. The resolution of course was great, way beyond the 12 megapixels the D700 offers. For one more time I was really impressed with the image quality of the 6×7 negative, but even more with the way the Plaubel “recorded” the scenery. I will sure return to that location with my panoramic camera to shoot some Velvia !
Despite the fact that the Portra 800 is not suitable for landscapes, the snapshots of friends I did were great and the fact that you basically shoot at 40mm with a 80mm lens creates unique looking images. A great combo indeed.
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