One more roll film for today’s post, a Kodak Portra 160VC shot with the Plaubel Makina 67. I still have a few of these (now discontinued) films which are expired.
Every time I scan a Portra film (and that of course goes for other color negatives) I am impressed by the dynamic range. A great range of tonality and the distinct subtle transition from shadows to highlights. Cameras like the D800E have come very close to film but still its the tones transitions which really impress me.
When scanning film, I try to get a neutral look in order to keep as much tones as possible. And many times I will add contrast since I have many times got images that almost resemble a HDR look (due to many stops of information). I really believe that dynamic range is the last advantage of film over digital (and not for long, I suppose). But of course its not all about resolution, ranges and technical details. Its about the different look you get and the different way film renders a scenery.
This is one of the rare times I use my Makina 67 on a tripod. A 20 seconds exposure with the aid of a B+W 110ND (10 stops) and a polarizer filter stacked together. I didn’t compensate for reciprocity and the exposure came out fine. The 10 stops filter is really invaluable for shooting long exposures during daylight. Its one of the reasons I almost regretted choosing the Nikon 14-24 over the 16-35.
Two more images with this filter.
As you can see, the Makina 67 is really a very versatile camera. Its 40mm equivalent focal length makes it a fantastic travel camera capable of landscapes, street photography, portraits. Pretty much for anything you will ever need from a travel camera. And its foldable construction make it very portable. A favorite camera by all means.
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