6x6 / 120 film

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6x6 / 120 film

Postby kitchenwench on Wed May 06, 2009 10:04 pm

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I purchased a Yashica 635 awhile ago, and so far the only film that I've tried is fuji portra 400vc. I'm not entirely happy with the colours of this film though - it's great for interesting scenery shots but it looks a bit weird for portraits, and I was wondering if anyone could recommend any other 6x6 / 120 films that I could give a try? :P
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby Reschsmooth on Wed May 06, 2009 10:43 pm

Do you mean the Kodak Portra? I find this film is great for portraits. Skin tones come out beautifully.
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby kitchenwench on Wed May 06, 2009 11:33 pm

Reschsmooth wrote:Do you mean the Kodak Portra? I find this film is great for portraits. Skin tones come out beautifully.


*cough*

Yup, that's the one I meant :P Whoops! I've tried a few but it's picking up a green tint in the skin tones...could this be a camera fault? Not sure how the camera would affect this as I know far less about film than digital (and still being a beginner with my dSLR, that's really not saying much for my knowledge...)
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby Grev on Thu May 07, 2009 2:14 am

Maybe you're under weird lighting? There is no white balance for film so yeah... :P I haven't used the Kodak but from the Fuji slides or similar portrait film, most of the stuff comes out at pretty good colour.

I mainly use Astia or Provia in the Fuji offering.
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby gstark on Thu May 07, 2009 9:37 am

Grev wrote:There is no white balance for film


Well, actually, there is, but it's not always easy/convenient to alter it.

First of all, each colour film has an assigned colour temperature. This is usually expressed in generic terms, with the film being designated for "Indoors" or "Daylight" usage.

Then, you and (effectively) alter the colour temperature for any given shot by using a correction filter on the front of your lens.

I'm not familiar with the Kodak Portra range, but if it comes in both the Daylight and Indoor variants, then it may be possible that the wrong version was used.
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby kitchenwench on Thu May 07, 2009 8:43 pm

Buggerit, not even sure where I'd get a correction filter for this camera :/ I don't think the portra has an indoor/outdoor version, but I'll have to double check at the place where I get it.
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby Grev on Fri May 08, 2009 8:23 pm

gstark wrote:
Grev wrote:There is no white balance for film


Well, actually, there is, but it's not always easy/convenient to alter it.

Yeah, why I enquired about the lighting, since most are daylight balanced.

I think the Kodak 400vc portra film is daylight balanced.
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby kitchenwench on Fri May 08, 2009 8:52 pm

Photo was taken mid afternoon on a clear day, so if it is daylight balanced then it should have been fine? Maybe I just got a dud roll :( hopefully the next one developed will be better!
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby Grev on Fri May 08, 2009 11:13 pm

Actually since it's a vivid colour film, exposure MIGHT affect the colour.

Or it's a dud. :P

Use fujifilm. :)
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby kitchenwench on Fri May 08, 2009 11:22 pm

I'm new to the film game! What fuji 6x6 film would you recommend?
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby Grev on Fri May 08, 2009 11:33 pm

Depends on what you want to do.

For 120 film, I like Fuji Astia and Provia, they're great colour slide film that gives good resolution, Astia is more accurate in colour. You can get similar to the 400vc in fuji too, Pro 400H in fuji... Ummm black and white you might consider Kodak (T-Max, Tri-X etc) or Ilford (Delta, Pan F, fp4, hp5 etc).

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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby kitchenwench on Fri May 08, 2009 11:55 pm

Awesome, thanks for the advice! I'll see about picking up some Astia when I drop off my next two rolls of film :)
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Re: 6x6 / 120 film

Postby Grev on Sat May 09, 2009 11:18 pm

Have fun with it! Quite like the square format myself. :)
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