Perfect Combination: Kodak Portra 160 for My Diana F+ in the Summer Season!

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In my previous article, I wrote to you about the perfect combination of an high contrast b/w film with a rangefinder camera for the winter season. Here, I explain to you why the professional Kodak Portra is a perfect film for a Diana F+ in the summer season.

The Diana F+ is one of my preferred camera to use in the summer season, especially for its dreamy optical and chromatic aberrations. I used this camera with many films, but my best results were obtained with a professional film, like in this case, when I used a Kodak Portra 160NC taking some photos on a Tunisian beach in Skanes.

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Why I love this film? Simple: because the color rendition is accurate as expected for a professional film! Maybe you can ask to me: but this is an expensive professional film, it is a pity to use it into a toy camera with a plastic lens! Well…this is in part true, because a professional film is less tolerant about exposure errors, and because the plastic lens has many chromatic aberrations that modify the “true” colors of the scene. But, I compared this results with others, and the tones of the Portra are so delicate that this film contribute to enhance the “dreamy” effect of the Diana lens!

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The first four photos of this article are taken using the Portra film. Compare these images with the two images below, taken with a not professional film (a Lomography film). Again, interesting an dreamy tones, but more grain and a “less delicate” color rendition!

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Let’s return to our Portra film, with another series of photos:

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As you can see, the color of the sea is awesome!

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The grain is very small, almost invisible!

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As you can see in the last two photos, the lens of the Diana, together with this film, produced an almost monochromatic image when I made a shoot in strong backlight! This is a great film, even with a toy camera!

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written by sirio174 on 2013-02-19 #lifestyle #summer #120mm #beach #diana #diana-f #tunisia #kodak-portra-160 #skanes

One Comment

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    160 film is perfect for Diana F+ in my bright Hawaii sun. Beautiful pics with your Diana.

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