View Full Version : Large format color neg film

Terry Neumann
5-Oct-1999, 01:15
Being reintroduced to large format(4x5) I am curious about the results of color negative film for different subjects. I have used Agfa ultra 50 for 35mm negs a nd the colors can go from snappy to surreal.Great for flowers. But it isn't avai lable in 4x5. I also do general laqndscapes and lava photos at sunset or shortl y just after. (Yeah, I live in Hawaii) The vog (volcanic smog) is a serious prob lem for camera equipment and film. Also for your lungs. I like to get in, do my photos and get back out before the coatings on the lens disappears. Any suggestions on large format films in these shooting situations would be appr eciated

5-Oct-1999, 02:26
Fuji NPL - 160ASA - works well in 4x5 format, and can be pushed one stop with reasonable results. It's also available in Quickload, which may be important in reducing exposure to dust etc. given the kind of environment you describe. Does the "vog" affect everywhere?

Anyway, I am visiting Hawaii for the first time in December - mainly Volcano National Park (3 days), Haleakala and upcountry Maui (4 days), and I'll be bringing my 4x5 Toyo. Any suggestions on lesser known locations etc?

Greg Lawhon
5-Oct-1999, 08:28

Don't you mean Fuji NPS instead of NPL? NPL is the tungsten-balanced film.

7-Oct-1999, 01:07
Greg - you're right. The daylight version is certainly available in Quickload in Japan, I'm not sure about the tungsten. In case it's helpful, you can refer to ;


Gary Helfrich
7-Oct-1999, 11:35
If Fuji NPS will work for you, then you should consider Portra 400NC. Both of these films are lower contrast portrait films, but the Kodak is as fine grained as the Fuji, and is the only 400 speed color film available in sheet.

For real punch, try to find a box or two of PRN100 before it disapears. B&H still has some. Portra 160VS is good as well, but is fussier about correct exposure than PRN. If you are in a rush, just nuke PRN as a 50 speed film. You will get nice, dense, easy to print negatives, and exposure is a no-brainer. You can down rate Portra 160 to 100, but it is not as forgiving as PRN. The lower contrast of Portra 400NC can be overcome by printing on Duraflex, but the color is still a little flat.