Plaubel Makina 67 with Kodak Portra 160NC

The past month was a “film month”. I’ve shot many rolls of slide and color negative films, and one good reason was that I had many films that were recently expired. I keep my films in the fridge, so logically there should be no problem shooting them after their expiration date, but generally, I try to avoid shooting expired slides and color negatives (with b&w I don’t have that problem, I’ve shot films that were expired two years ago with no problems).

The Plaubel Makina 67 is the camera I’ve shot most of my recent rolls. It has become my main workhorse for medium format film. That has to do with its small size, the 40mm equivalent lens and the fast f/2.8 aperture. I have many times written about this camera and why I still shoot medium format film despite owning a camera like the Nikon D800E.

Basically, it’s the look of medium format. I still find the transitions of tones to be more subtle than 35mm digital, and I love the way the film renders color. Furthermore, the ability to shoot a 80mm f/2.8 lens at the distance of a 40mm really creates a different looking image. The same goes for all my medium format lenses, which allows me to shoot them in closer distances than their 35mm counterparts.

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160NC)

I have printed images shot with the Makina 67 at large sizes (over 1 meter, that’s 40 inches), with superb results. With today’s high megapixel digital cameras you can of course do the same thing (digital can be upscaled more easily than film), but as I’ve said, the look is quite different. The grain on a MF frame can really be a part of the image in a beautiful way, it has nothing to do with digital noise, and many times I prefer this look over the clinical crystal clean look of a digital photo. Opinions differ of course, and its also a matter of personal taste, but I still find my prints from film cameras to have more “character”. They also present the world in a more natural way than the over saturated digital images I see on the Internet. They sure can look more impressive, but many times they are too impressive for my tastes.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160NC)

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