Pulling Portra 160 VC to 100 for portraiture?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by [BnH], Nov 27, 2003.

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    [BnH] Guest

    Is it adviseable ?

    as I shot and shot [4 rols only tho] and always get the grain I hate.
    Give them to Photoking and Platinum Imaging to develop, but still I have
    lots of grains.
    So it can't be the lab fault.

    Recently I shot an expired Kodak Gold 100 and pull it to 50 and now I like
    what I see :)

    Or is there any other good film for outdoor potraiture you can recommend ?
    or the one that outdoor photographer use to shoot models ?


    [BnH], Nov 27, 2003
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    Wiz Guest

    Generally I shoot at 100/125asa for porta 160 and make sure that the
    process is also pushed 10%. Isn't there something in the tech sheets on
    Wiz, Nov 27, 2003
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    Tony Clark Guest

    Why on earth would you pull, unless it's for effect? The films latitude
    should be fine from 80 to 320. Color negative film is very forgiving and
    a good pro lab can make beautiful prints from 160VC. I shoot quite a few
    models in natural light and in the studio with very nice results. I
    usually rate the film at 120 and process normal. My only questions are,
    how are you metering and are you at the edge of usable exposure i.e.
    F2.8 @ 1/15? Perhaps you need a reflector or heaven forbid a little fill
    flash. Good luck, Tony
    Tony Clark, Nov 27, 2003
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    [BnH] Guest

    I was unlucky to shot all those 4 rolls in cloudy conditions.

    But I normally get 1/60" @ f/2.8 for those shot.
    There was a few frame where I got 1/250" @ f/5.6 ... but it was a bit
    grainy too not like what I was expecting from a pro rated film.
    anyway I'll try rate it @ 125 or maybe 100 this weekend n see how it goes.

    [BnH], Nov 27, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The more 'common' rating of Portra 160 is 100 with no change in
    development. Nice crisp colors.

    If you are getting them developed at a chain, the development might be
    fine, but the prints might be crap.

    I did push a roll once and the results were less than admirable.
    Alan Browne, Nov 27, 2003
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    Timo Labrenz Guest

    But even at 160ASA, I wouldn't call the film grainy. It's my standard
    film for portraits and weddings (outside only of course, inside I take
    Portra 400NC), and I always had low grain. Just checked again, and in
    comparison to other films I've tried, it's really low grain *shrug*
    Once had the camera still set to 400ASA accidentally, so only a little
    more then 1 step difference. Got the film pushed, and, well, I didn't
    let the customer pay for the pictures. This film really shouldn't be

    Bob, I'm not kidding when I say that you should try a roll of Ferrania
    Solaris 100, if you can get one. (Gosh, now everyone will think I'm
    crazy.) It's a cheap film, but it's nice and has low grain. I think it
    doesn't have such a high resolution/sharpness, but it's IMHO okay for
    portraits. It's my alternative film when I forget to order Portra 160NC
    (like today, ordered about 140 rolls* and forgot the Portra again...
    got to call the shop tomorrow morning...).


    *No, not all of them for me, but I'll go to England over Xmas and will
    need many rolls there, I hope :)
    BTW, is there anyone from Leicester in this newsgroup?
    Timo Labrenz, Nov 27, 2003
  7. I alternate between Fuji NPH & PortraNC (160 or 400). Recently I've
    started ditching my beloved Velvia for PortraVC! Gasp!

    I suspect something in your shooting technique, or the camera's not
    metering correctly (when was it last serviced?), as I find the Portra
    films to be great grain-wise.
    Andrew Hennell, Nov 27, 2003
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Goodness, you do reallise that people do sell film over here. Mind you
    with that quantity you could clean out some shops for part of their range
    Peter Chant, Nov 29, 2003
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    Timo Labrenz Guest

    :) I sure like the idea of going to a shop and say "I want your film
    rolls. All of them."

    It was a collective order, only about 70-80 rolls are for me, and I'll
    take about 50 rolls with me for the two weeks in Leicester. Maybe
    that's more than I'll need, but I don't want to buy film in England.
    I'll mainly use Fuji Sensia 100 (36exp) for the ordinary vacation
    photos. A roll of it is 2.50 Euros, here, while it's 4.99 Pounds at

    Anyone from Leicestershire here?

    Timo Labrenz, Nov 29, 2003
  10. Unless you attempt to disguise your (presumably German) accent, you may find
    nearly-quoting Schwarzenegger a mistake ;-)
    No maybe about it. Although i've never been to Leicester, i've met refugees
    that have escaped from there.
    No, we all have the requisite number of fingers and toes and heads.

    Leicester is the home of the two main camera stores in the UK- Jessops and
    Jacobs. Jacobs do decent five and ten-pack prices on film.
    Martin Francis, Nov 30, 2003
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    Deathwalker Guest

    I'm afraid that means sooner or later there will be two jessops stores
    instead. World domination is our goal.
    Deathwalker, Nov 30, 2003
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Have you a doomesday device?
    Peter Chant, Dec 7, 2003
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