Color Film Tests

The results of testing out various film stocks to see what they look like and how they shoot. I tried to shot all photos consistently, all taken with Nikon F6 camera with auto exposure and matrix-metering, no exposure compensation. The majority are shot with Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, though I might of used a 50mm f/1.4 and a 85mm f/1.8 on a couple. All processed at the same lab, The Find Lab, and no adjustments or post processing.

I was surprised at how similar the colors and contrast are, besides the obvious difference with Cinestill 800T. You can tell differences but not nearly as pronounced as I expected. The real test would be to take the same scene and same light, but that would get boring and expensive shooting. Click any photo to see a larger size.

Kodak Ektar 100

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Kodak Portra 400

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Kodak Gold 200

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Kodak Ultramax 400

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Fuji Superia 200

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Fuji Superia 400

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Agfa Vista Plus 400

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Lomography 400

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Cinestill 800T

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1 Comment

Reckon the Ektar, Portra and 800T all have their own very distinct look. The other consumer films are surprisingly similar. I’ve read that modern Agfa is rebadged Fuji, so that makes sense. Same maybe true for Lomo?

I do love Portra. But it’s amazing how good a $3 roll of consumer film is though.

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