Although I almost always shoot my Fuji GSW690iii on a tripod, I had to used it for a project that required handheld shooting. For this reason, I decided to load the recently introduced Portra 400 Professional film. It’s a true 400 ISO film (I rate it at box speed) which allows me to shoot at f/16 and f/11 aperture during daylight, and even with a polarizer filter on (which cuts about 1.5 stops) I still have good shutter speeds in order to get a sharp file.
I am not going to publish images from my project, but since I had two frames left, I did some landscape shooting. During midday, the lighting conditions were awful (and you can see it in the images), but the quite fast shutter speed allowed me to make images handheld which even when viewed at 100% crop they are sharp.
When looking at 100% crop, there is grain (of course since its a 400 ISO film), but even at a large print this grain would look smooth even for a landscape image. It’s a great film for shooting medium format cameras handheld, with a rather neutral color and saturation. For one more time I will state that I much prefer the look of the Portra VC versions, but having access to a new emulsion these days (almost everyone shoots digital) is a good thing.
I find the Portra 400 to be a good film for travel and even for available light photography (with my Plaubel Makina 67 which has a f/2.8 aperture, Fuji’s f/5.6 is not too slow).
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