Soft Film

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  1. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I’m looking for a good soft color film. The last few years I have been using AGFA Portrait-160. The owner of the lab I was using told me about it and subjected pulling it to 100 or 125 if I wanted it even softer. I found some 120 rolls at Unique Photo, but I would like some 35mm. Any subjects on a replacement?
     
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    Kodak Portra 160 NC is supposed to be good for subtle colours and natural, flattering skin tones. There's also a 400 ISO / ASA version if you need more speed, or the VC if you want stronger colours.
     
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    The only ones I know of are Kodak Portra 160NC or 400NC and Fuji Colour Pro 160S or 400H.

    A lot will depend on the lab that develops and prints though...
     
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    Wow, when did Fuji do that? I'm still stuck in the era of NPS, NPC etc. Time to get caught up...

    Dave
     
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    This chart might be useful for comparing color data. Though the new Fuji films have a cyan layer, so the blue numbers for them won't be a direct comparison to films without it.
     
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    I think they changed the films a few months ago, some places till have the old NPS, NPC versions, although because I don't actually use them I'm not sure if the emulsions have actually changed or whether it's just a re-vamp of the old boxes and names...
     
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    Fuji makes 2 versions of its 160 portrait film, 160C and 160S. The S gives increased saturation, and the C gives increased contrast. I've shot about 15 rolls of 160C and printed RA-4 with great results. I don't know if I'd call it a "soft" film though.
     
  8. Jeff Canes

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    Thanks All, I’m going to give the Fuji 160C and Kodak 160NC a try. The reason I was think about the Agfa is because I felt it gave an older style color and softness without any special work. I was hoping get some shots of that style this summer of the Canadian Rocky.

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    i like too the Fuji 160C, it makes a special style
     
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    Unless it has to be negative film, you might also give Fuji Astia a try. It has very natural tones.
     

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