For today’s post I have 4 images taken with the Plaubel Makina 67 camera and Fujifilm PRO400H . I am fan of Kodak Portra 400 film, and consider it to be the most versatile film for my 6×7 medium format camera. The latitude of Porta 400 is legendary, it’s a film that virtually can be shot between 100 and 1600 ISO without having to pull or push in the lab.
But Fuji PRo400h has been the favorite emulsion for wedding photographers all over the world, and since I am involved in wedding photography and cinematography business, I ordered a few rolls to test this film (which , as far as I can recall I haven’t shot before, I have mostly used Fuji Superia XTRA 400 and Reala in the past).
This film seems to be cooler than the Porta, and has a more pastel like look especially when overexposed at ISO 200 or 100. I rated my roll at ISO 200.
Now, before I got out and use it for commercial jobs, I had to make a few test shots. I have used Portra 400 for commercial work with great success, and know how to handle it in different situations. I have read that the PRO400H is not as tolerant to mistakes as the Portra, it can handle overexposure good but not underexposure.
I used my favorite medium format camera, the Plaubel Makina 67 which is the camera I use for serious work (35mm film can’t really in most situations provide me with the quality needed).
From this roll, I will post today 4 images. They are not portrait works among them, but I will soon upload photos with people also.
My initial opinion , is that indeed this film has a cooler palette than the Portra. I like the rendering of this film quite a lot, its sharp and I didn’t have any messed up shots concerning exposure. All photos were shot under high contrasty conditions as you can see, and I was happy from the results.
A few more rolls involving people will allow me to compare this film with the Porta 400 better, I will post these results soon.
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