Plaubel Makina 67 with Kodak Portra 400

Images taken with Plaubel Makina 67 and Kodak Porta 400 film.

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For one more time, I have to say I am really impressed by the Portra 400 which is by all means, a superb film. Wonderful color, minimum grain for a ISO 400 emulsion and a huge dynamic range. The latitude of this film is very impressive and it helps to get great results even in the most contrasty scenes. I shot it a box speed, and it’s probably the only film I consider safe to do that.

I consider Portra 400 as the best all around color film for my 6×7 medium format camera. 

These photos were scanned with a Coolscan 9000. This is the best film scanner I have tested,  the results are simply at a different level than my flatbed Epson. It is very close to the Imacon scanners, and only a drum scanner or the Hasselblad Flextight can produce better images.  At 4000 dpi, I was able to print a 40 inches wide print with great detail, and I could go larger if I needed to. I don’t own the Coolscan anymore, I currently work with a humble Epson V500, but i can always send some good negatives to a scanning service If I need to.

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 The Nikkor 80mm of the Plaubel, has a soft contrast and reveals tones beautifully, and of course you can add contrast and saturation if you want to. This lens is not as sharp as the Mamiya 7 lenses, but I prefer it’s rendering, which comes very useful in portraiture, and of course this is a f2/.8 lens, which is considered fast for medium format. 

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At the image above, a lens hood would be very helpful, still I was impressed with the image I got, I really expected it to be completely washed out given the lighting conditions.

Overall, I find Portra 400 to be a fantastic film for those who want to shoot color with a medium format camera.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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