Hasselblad Fashion Portraits – Poland

Hasselblad Fashion Portraits – Model Photography, Poland

Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica

November 2015

Finally I can share a selection of Hasselblad portraits taken in Poland during my model photography trip last month.  There are still plenty of film negatives I have not yet edited but here are some of my favourites so far.  I have split the photos by film stock used.  Details of camera lens, filters, camera setting, developing method and model can be obtained by clicking on the any photo.

All photos were taken with a Hasselblad 501C 6×6 medium format film camera and shot with available light only.

Hasselblad Black and White Film Portraits

Hasselblad + 120 Fomapan 100 Classic film Portraits
Natural Beauty
Hasselblad Film Fashion
Fomapan 100 Fashion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/22366409789

Hasselblad + 120 Fuji Acros 100 film Portraits
Hasselblad Fashion
Hasselblad Model Photography
Film Fashion - Hasselblad
Hasselblad Fashion
Hasselblad 501C
Hasselblad Fashion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/22280771681/

Hasselblad + 120 Ilford Delta 100 film Portraits
120 Delta 100 Portrait
Smoking Kills
Hasselblad + Delta 100
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/21599331033

Hasselblad + 120 Kodak T-Max 400 film Portraits
120 Kodak T-Max 400
Hasselblad + T-Max 400
Kodak T-Max 400 Portrait
Hasselblad Portrait
Kodak T-Max 400 Portrait
Hasselblad + T-Max 400
Hasselblad T-Max 400 Portrait
Hasselblad Portrait
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/23191551005/

Hasselblad + 120 Kodak Tri-X 400 film Portraits
Hasselblad Portrait
Hasselblad Portrait
Hasselblad Fashion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/22207347931/

Hasselblad Colour Film Portraits

Hasselblad + 120 Kodak Portra 400 film Portraits
Hasselblad + Kodak Portra
120 Kodak Portra 400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/22766676486

Hasselblad + 120 Kodak Portra 160 film Portraits
Hasselblad + Zeiss 80mm  Planar
120 Kodak Portra 160
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/22436532230/

Hasselblad + Expired 120 Kodak Portra 160NC film Portraits
Expired Kodak Portra 160 NC
120 Kodak Portra 160NC
Expired Kodak Portra 160NC
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/22972010211

Favourite Film Stock?

It is difficult for me to chose one film stock as a clear winner as conditions were different each day and each model has a certain look. As mentioned in a recent blog post, I think 120 Fomapan 100 Classic offers excellent value for money (being the cheapest film I used).  I have just stocked up on 120 Kodak Tri-X 400 for the winter months and again I think it is an excellent film.  One of my favourites.  Kodak T-Max 400 was also a very strong performer and to be honest no film resulted in a sub-standard image. The expired Kodak Portra 160NC worked fine despite being out of date, without a foil wrapper and with an unknown storage history.  In these photos I preferred the Kodak Portra 400 to the Portra 160 but that might just be the lighting.  All in all I was happy with all the films chosen for the trip.

Do you have a favourite film stock?  It would be great to hear your thoughts!

Polish Models

Big thanks to all the girls again – Agnieszka, Irmina, Natalia, Marta, Marta, Teresa, Weronika (as included here).  With the help of these amazing models and my new Hasselblad 501C film camera I think I may have produced some of my best work to date.  I travelled to Poland with less cameras and a clear goal which was to take fewer but hopefully higher standard photos.  The Hasselblad seems to have helped me step up a gear with the quality of images I am now able to capture.

Favourite model?  I’m not sure I am allowed to have a favourite but if you think one girls stands out above the others let me know and I will feed it back to them.  I’m sure they would be thrilled to hear!

As always I cannot wait to get back to Poland.  My model photography trips overseas tend to be my highlights throughout the year.  Before I return to Poland I am heading out to New York City to teach 1-2-1 model photography for a week.  It will be my first visit to NYC and only my second visit to the US so you can imagine how excited I am!  Coming soon! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these images as much I did.  I think my most photogenic blog post so far! 🙂

Thanks

Matt

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Zurich Photography Workshop II

Zurich Photography Workshop II – August 2015

Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com

Model Photography Workshop

Back in UK after another fun three day photography workshop in Zurich, Switzerland. The workshop content was specifically female model photography using digital Leica cameras and a range of film cameras including Leicas. We shot with mostly available light but combined some strobes and daylight also. All photoshoots were in Central Zurich, outdoor on location and we tried to minimise travel during sessions so not to waste time.

I managed to pack five cameras in my hand luggage to take but then realised my bag weighed 11 kilo so had to leave the weighy yet compact Fuji GF670 behind.  Zurich has amazing architecture so I wanted to take some wide angle lenses but also two 50mm lenses, one for each Leica camera body.  I packed my latest lens purchase,  the light and compact Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50 for the Leica M3 instead of the  Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR I normally use.

Camera Gear

Leica M Typ 240 digital camera
Leica M3 single stroke – film camera
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2
Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5
Nikon F4 SLR film camera
Nikkor 60mm f2.8 Micro
Fuji GA645 medium format film camera
Film & Filters

Camera Film (135 & 120)

Ilford Pan F 50 B&W
Ilford FP4 125 Plus B&W
Kodak Portra 160
Kodak Portra 160VC (Expired)
Kodak Portra 160NC (Expired)
Kodak Ektar 100
Fuji Velvia 100f (Expired)

Models

We worked with different models each day.  Some agency models, some not, some familiar faces and some new ones.  We did two shoots where we had two models with us at the same time so that gave us the oppotunity to pose the girls together.  Nadja and Joelle where good friends so planned for matching outfits for each of the four looks we did.  Laura and Stephanie were also close friends but most of their photos were individual and styled very differently. Big thanks for Joy, Nadja, Joelle, Laura, Stephanie and Sarah for helping make the workshop possible.  Lots of fun and I hope we get to meet again some day!

Digital Photos

A few sample images using the Leica M 240 camera from the photos I have gone through so far –

Leica Noctilux Portrait

Leica M240 + Noctilux

Model Photography Workshop

Zurich Photography Workshop

Film Photos

First of the black and white film negative scans I develop at home.  Colour film photos to follow at a later date once lab developed –

Leica M3 SS + Zeiss ZM Sonnar

Leica M6!

CineStill 50D vs Kodak Portra 160

CineStill 50D vs Kodak Portra 160

Matthew Osborne Photography (“Mr Leica”)

Here is a non-scientific comparison of 35mm CineSill 50D film vs. 35mm Kodak Portra 160 film.  CineStill 50D is a relatively new film whereas Kodak Portra has been around for years (in various forms).  CineStill 50D is a daylight balanced ISO 50 colour film. Kodak Portra is a daylight balanced ISO 160 film famous for capturing natural skin tones.  Kodak Portra can be bought in the UK for £5 a roll for 36 exposures (£25 for a 5 pack of Kodak Portra 160).  CineStill 50D is bought as single rolls and costs from £8 a roll of 36 exposures here in England.  I have shot Portra for several years but this was my first experience to shoot with CineStill 50D.  I have shot with CineStill 800T tungsten balanced film and was impressed with the results so had high hopes for CineStill 50D.

During my Zurich Model Photography Workshop I decided to shoot CineStill 50D side by side with Kodak Portra 160.

The details of the shoot were as follows:

  • Model: Nadja (Option Model Agency)
  • Camera 1: Leica M3  + Leica Summicron 50 f2 DR + 35mm Kodak Portra 160
  • Camera 2: Leica M2 + Leica Summilux ASPH 50 f1.4 + 35mm CineStill 50D
  • Lighting: Daylight only + Reflector
  • Processing: C41 lab developed + Scan, Lightroom + Photoshop

Kodak Portra 160 Model Photography

Kodak Portra 160 vs CineStill 50D

Leica M3 + Kodak Portra 160

Leica M3 + Kodak Portra 160

CineStill 50D Model Photography

Leica M2 + CineStill Portrait

35mm CineStill 50D

CineStill 50D Model Portrait

CineStill 50D + Daylight

CineStill 50D Model Photography

35mm CineStill 50 D

Results and Conclusion

From my personal experience only I feel these two films produce reasonably similar photos with neither being bad.  For my taste and eye I prefer the look of the Kodak Portra 160 film as I feel the skin tones are more natural vs the CineStill 50D.  CineStill 50D has a slight orange cast maybe vs. Portra.  In different light the CineStill 50D may win hands down over the Portra but that is my conclusion to date.

Will I use CineStill 50D again? Yes I have another roll to use so I will try to use it in different light next time.  Would I buy CineStill 50D instead of Kodak Portra film to use for paying clients such as wedding film photography?  No.  I prefer the look of Portra for skin tones.  Portra film also requires less available light (especially Portra 400 which has a very similar look to Kodak Portra 160)(or Kodak Portra 800). ISO 50 vs ISO 400 = CineStll 50D requires 300% more light that Kodak Portra 400 to obtain the ‘correct’ film exposure.  Weddings venues often don’t have as much light as I would like so films like Kodak Portra 400 are a must have film.  Lastly Kodak Portra 160 is cheaper than CineStill 50D so that is another factor to consider when deciding a regular film to use.

Medium Format Kodak Portra 160

Here are a few extra photos from the same photoshoot with Nadja using a medium format film Mamiya 645 Super + Mamiya Sekor 80mm f2.8N lens + 120 Kodak Portra 160

Mamiya 645 Super + Kodak Portra

Mamiya 645 + 120 Portra

Mamiya 645  Beauty

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Kodak Portra 160 & Zurich Models

Kodak Portra 160 & Zurich Models

Zurich Model Photography Workshop, May 2015

Matthew Osborne Photography – “Mr Leica”

Here is a series of 35mm Kodak Portra 160 film negative scans from my recent Zurich Model Photography Workshop.  All Kodak Portra photos on the trip were shot with my 1950s Leica M3 rangefinder film camera with a 1950s Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR lens attached.  Big thanks to Option Model Agency who kindly supplied three of the models.

Firstly a few sample images I shared on Flickr:

  • Model: Joy (Option Model Agency)

Portra 160 Model Shoot

Kodak Portra 160

  • Model: Taisha (with Ben in some photos)

Model Photography Workshop

  • Model: Joy (Option Model Agency)

Kodak Portra 160 Model Photography

  • Model: Julia (See below in black dress)
  • Model: Nadja (Option Model Agency)(Not included here. Post to follow)

Leica M3 + Kodak Portra 160

More Kodak Portra 160 film images from my Zurich trip:

(Includes two black and white conversions)

$6-03 $6-04 $6-05 $6-06 $6-07 $6-08 $4X6 PORTRA2-20E $8X10PORTA VERSION-09 $8X10PORTA VERSION-10 $8X10PORTA VERSION-11 $Portra Horo 4X6-06E $Portra Horo 4X6-07E $Portra Horo 4X6-08E $Portra Horo 4X6-09E $Portra Horo 4X6-10E $Portra Horo 4X6-12E $Portra Horo 4X6-18E $portra horo-16E  $Portra Horo 4X6-01E $Portra Horo 4X6-02E$Portra Horo 4X6-25E$4X6 PORTRA-13E$6-09

During the shoot with model Nadja I tested 35mm Kodak Portra 160 film vs 35mm CineStill 50D film.  Nadja’s photos to follow in the next post.

Matt

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35mm AGFA Vista Plus 200 Film

35mm AGFA Vista Plus 200 Film

Matthew Osborne Photography

35mm AGFA Vista Plus 200 Film can be purchased in the UK from Poundland stores for only £1.00 making it the cheapest camera film available (to my knowledge).

#AGFAfilm #filmphotography on a budget. £1 a roll #Poundland. www.MrLeica.com

Find it here – http://www.poundland.co.uk/agfa-photo-camera-film-20024

Even when considering C41 film developing costs of £2.99 per roll (I use AG Photographic  film lab in Birmingham) the cost of AGFA Vista film plus developing is still approximately the same cost as a roll of cheap black and white film developed at home in low cost Rodinal film developer.  For those film photographers that do not develop their own film AGFA Vista is the cheapest option for 35mm film photography (that I am aware of!).

Is AGFA Vista 200 film suitable for professional work?

I took some AGFA Vista 200 to Poland to test for my portrait photos / model photography, to a location model shoot in Birmingham and also shot some AGFA Vista at a recent wedding.  Results below.

Ryanair Flight to Poland!

Gdansk Old Town

AGFA Vista plus 200 Fashion

Agfa Vista Plus 200 24 Exp

Leica M3 + AGFA Vista Film

London City Life

Leica M3 Fashion

Leica + Agfa Vista 200

£1 Agfa Vista Plus 200 film

AGFA Vista plus 200 Film Wedding

AGFA Vista Plus 200 Wedding

Analogue Film Wedding Photography

AGFA Vista Plus 200 24 Exp

(Photos taken with Leica M3, Leica M2 and Nikon FM SLR cameras)

AGFA Vista Plus 200 vs Kodak Portra 160

AGFA Vista film gives more saturated colours than Kodak Portra film but has a similar bias to yellow and red tones (from my personal experience).  Portra films have more latitude and can be overexposed (and underexposed) more without losing highlight and shadow detail.  For Portra I tend to overexpose by one stop or more but for Vista I tend to shoot it at box speed or slightly over. AGFA Vista 200 vs Portra 160 gives me almost half a stop more light which can be useful in low light conditions even when using a slow shutter speed and a fast f1.4 aperture lens.

AGFA Vista Plus vs Fujicolor C200

I have used Fujicolor C200 film in the past and to my eyes the colours of AGFA Vista are quite similar to C200 in certain conditions.  I think C200 has a similar ‘Fuji’ look to Fuji Pro 400H with greens and pinks but for reds and yellows it is similar to AGFA Vista.  I think C200 has slightly finer grain and ‘better’ colours (from my examples) and I don’t believe AGFA Vista is rebadged old C200 stock as some photographers have considered.  To me, AGFA Vista has grain more similar to 400 speed film whereas C200 has finer grain closer to Ektar (I think).  I have yet to use AGFA Vista when we have leaves on the trees so spring will be the real test for that.

Fujicolor C200 example photos as a comparison –

AGFA Vista the same film stock as Fujicolor C200?

Leica M2 goes on Holiday

Leica M3 + Noctilux Engagement

Leica M2, Soller Mallorca

Fujicolor C200 looking more like Fuji Pro 400H

Fujicolor C200 Skin Tones

Fujicolor C200 Portrait

Would I use AGFA Vista film again?

Yes. I just bought another 10 rolls of AGFA Vista 200.  At £1 a roll I really cant go wrong!  I think for wedding photography film portraits I will continue to use the less saturated Kodak Portra 160 and 400.  For fashion photography Kodak Ektar 100 has stunning fine grain and more saturated colours vs Vista.  For low light / night colour film photography I would use the new CineStill 800T (examples coming soon) but for anything in between such as holiday snaps, detail photos or colour film street photography in good light AGFA Vista Plus 200 is fine.  Lastly, if you ever buy a 35mm film camera and want to test it works OK AGFA Vista is the perfect solution!

Kodak Portra 400 & 800 Film

Kodak Portra 400 & 800 Film

Matthew Osborne Photography

Kodak Portra 400 film - 120 & 35mm :)

Film Photography in the UK – Colour Film

With our often grey and overcast typical great British weather the light levels in the UK are not that of say sunny Califoria.  Many of the current ‘great’ colour film photographers seem to be based in Calforia and make full use of the amazing light they seem to have.  Sunny weather is perfect for colour film use as unlike digital, the film retains the highlight detail.  That and the fact that colour film often looks better slighty over exposed, for portrait and wedding photography especially giving flattering natural skin tones.

So in an ideal world I would live in Califoria and life would be good.  Probably!  By that I mean there is so much light I can use fine grain colour films like Kodak Portra 160 or even Kodak Ektar 100.  On top of that there would still be light to spare so I could pretty much any standard lens with an aperture of perhaps f4 (like my Leica Elmar 135mm f4) and still be able to retain a fast shutter speed.  In an ideal world I would use a lot of super fine grain Kodak Ektar, both 120 and 35mm and also Portra 160 for when shooting people in direct sunlight.

In a real world colour film photography is not like that here in the UK.  For much of the year and especially the darker autumn and winter months we don’t have enough light for my taste.  Due to lack of available light I have to use my fastest sharp lenses (Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii) wide open and often with a slow shutter, 1/8-1/60 perhaps.  For the colour film selection I find Portra 160 is too slow and I need faster colour film.  120 Kodak Portra 800 is an excellent choice for medium format but is expensive.  I have not tried 35mm Kodak Portra 800 but I think it would be too grainy for my taste and is also expensive.  For medium format the film nagatives are larger so grain is less apparent hence 120 Portra 800 is good.  A happy medium for both price and grain is Kodak Portra 400.  I have used a lot of 120 Portra 400 but never for 35mm.  Today I have taken the plunge and will see how I find 135 Portra 400 in my Leicas.

Never enough light!

For 35mm colour film photograhy I can use my Leica M3 or Leica M2 cameras with a fast lens to shoot wide open at say f1.4, with a slow shutter if needed of 1/8 handheld for static subjects and have ISO 400 film.  Great, I think.  Then I remember colour film looks nicer (I think) overexposed and often with the brightest part of the image being behind the face (backlit).  This means on an overcast day if I meter for the face into the light I may have a shutter speed of 1/60.  Nice.  I then turn the model to have the brigter sky on the back of her head and increase the exposure by +2 stops, say. That gives me a shutter speed of 1/15.  Now I want to perhaps overexpose the face by +1 / +2 stops depending on the type of light / skin / look etc.  If I go with +1 overexposed in camera that gives me a shutter speed of 1/8. OK that is all fine if I keep myself steady and the subject doesn’t move.  I then take the same scenerio into a real life situation such as a wedding film photography and a church ceremony.  Assuming the same amount of light and same settings I need to use 1/8 shutter for my ‘perfect’ exposure.  I then realise I need  a shutter speed of 1/60-1/125 minimum to freeze the motion as the couple walk down the isle (depending on speed of walking! Slow ideally otherwise use 1/125-1/160).  Assuming they walk at a ‘normal’ speed I might want a shutter speed of 1/125.   This means I am now -4 under exposed for all the photos even with ISO 400 film and a f1.4 fast prime lens.  Slightly undercxposed colour film looks muddy and dull at -1 stop.  I wouldn’t want to under expose the film any more than -1.  I then remember I can use 120 Kodak Portra 800 for an extra +1 stop of light.  It all sounds promising until I remember than most standard medium format lenses are f2.8 widest aperture.  My Mamiya 645 Super has a 80mm f1.9 lens (say f2) so in this example Portra 800 gives me a +1 but the lens gives me a -1 stop  (vs a f1.4 lens) so no gain overall.  Therefore no gain and I would not want to use medium format cameras much slower than 1/30 handheld due to the mirror slap in most of them.  This means my little mirrorless Leica M rangefinder cameras give me in theory +2 stop gain over my medium format cameras as I can use at 1/8 (if subject static)(wait for them to stop!)(assuming using the f1.4 lenses on 35mm and f2 lens on medium format).

Conclusion

To date I have only use ISO 100 Kodak Ektar, ISO 160 Kodak Portra and cheaper ISO 200 Fujifilms.  I am hoping 35mm Kodak Portra 400 gives me more chance to shoot colour film when there is not enough light for Portra 160.  I might also buy a roll of 35mm Kodak Portra 800 film and/ or perhaps 35mm CineStill 800T film to try.  CineStill 800T is supposed to be pushable like Kodak Tri-X is for B&W so could be a solution for those darker lit shoots.

Lastly, Black & White film

Black and white film is perfect for the UK light and for my work.  Luckily I love B&W but am trying to start shooting more colour film too.  B&W film such as Kodak Tri-X 400 can be pushed to ISo 800 or ISO 1600 in processing easily so can be used for the darkest of shoots.  I don’t mind grain for B&W film photos whereas perfer less grain for colour film photos.  As I develop my own black and white film I can adjust my development process to make highlights brighter, retain more shadow detail etc etc.  For colour film I send to a lab and develop at box speed so not to incur additional costs.  This means for colour film I need to get exposure right in camera and that normally means I need more light!

A few 120 Kodak Portra 400 film examples

Contax 645 Wedding Portrait

Contax 645 Wedding Portrait

Fuji GF670 + Portra Portrait

120 Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400 Street  Photography

VW Camper Wedding

Tiszaujvaros, Hungary

Mamiya RZ Wedding Photography

Shared: Portra vs Fuji 400H

My Wedding Film Photography + Shared Link (Below):

Kodak Portra 160, 400, 800 vs Fuji 400H Compared

 

Film Photography

As a big fan of film photography like others I am always interested how certain film stocks compare against each other.  For wedding photography wedding photographers have to work quickly in very unforgiving light. As a result photos can be taken underexposed or overexposed in the spur of the moment so it is important to understand which film has the greatest lattitude.  That being, retaining the detail in the shadow and the highlights.  Film is well known to retain highlight detail better than digital however digital is better in the shadows.  For this reason when shooting film I expose for the shadows and with digital I expose for the highlights (common practise).

 

What film do I load for Wedding Photography?

I ask myself this question tonight with two weddings in the next two days.  Things to consider are primarily

  • Weather forecast (here in the UK the weather can be very changeable!)
  • Wedding venue (inside/ outside, well lit or low light conditions)
  • What camera/ lens combination will I use (medium format large nagatives show less grain when scanned vs 35mm.  35mm camera lenses tend to be faster with wider largest apertures. I try to use ISO 100 or 160 speed film for 35mm and up to ISO 800 for medium format.

Examples combinations include:

  • Leica M2 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 lens + 135 Kodak Portra 160
  • Mamiya RZ67 Pro2 + Mamiya Sekor 110mm f2.8 + 120 Kodak Portra 400
  • Fujica GS645 Pro Folder with fixed 75mm f3.4 lens + perhaps 120 Kodak Portra 800

 

Decisions

As the weather often changes I wait until just before the wedding starts to load the film into my camera(s).  As film is better overexposed than underexposed it is better to be safe and expect slightly darker conditions.  Knowing this I was then interested in how each film coped with being overexposed at +1, +2, +3, +4  exposure and worst case underexposed at -1, -2 exposure.  I was doing my usual reading and found this fantastic website with a side by side comparison of Kodak Portra 160 / 400 / 800 and Fuji Pro 400H.  To date my very early film work was 400H as I got some free with my Contax 645 (now sold).    Since then I have shot almost all Kodak Portra film so recently bought a new box of 120 400H to see how I liked it now.  New photos to follow once back from the lab!

Checking my film stocks ahead of tomorrow in the fridge I have all films listed above plus others like Kodak Ektar 100, some old Fujicolor CN200 (that I got free..x10!) (will try at some point) and then black and white film – Ilford FP4+, Fuji Acros 100, Kodak T-Max 100 / 400 and some C41 Ilford XP2 Super 400.

 

Colour or Black and White film?

As a rule in the summer months when there are leaves on the trees I enjoy shooting colour film.  In grey winter months I mostly shoot black and white film.  I only normally shoot in colour in any format if I think colour adds to the image, or if a client asks me to (such as a wedding).  If not I will shoot black and white as you can probably tell from my most black and white Leica M9 digital images!

 

35mm or 120 medium format?

For cameras that have interchangeable film backs like the Mamiya RZ67 and Kiev 88 (and Hasselblads/ Contax 645 etc) I own and use 2 film backs. If the film back on the camera contains a part used roll of B&W film and I want to shoot colour I switch film backs and can load colour into the second back.  Easy.  This is handy for wedding photography, either colour and black and white or perhaps a fast film and a slow film.

35mm cameras such as my Leica M2, Nikon FM, Voigtlander Bessa R3A and Yashica MG-1  and the 6×4.5 format Fujica GS645 folding camera do not have this option.  Therefore if the camera already contain a part used roll of film I need to take the camera as it is and finish that film first.  In extreme instances I can remember how many images had been taken on the roll then rewind the film and remove.  I then reload the film at a later date and wind on the part used film to where I had left off.  This can of course lead to double exposed and potentially lost images.

 

Other things to consider –

 

Camera size and weight: Leica M2 and Fujica GS 645 are both small and light.  The Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II is big and heavy.

Lens options and Lens maximum aperture: Medium format lenses are slower so need more light.  f2.4 is the fastest for 6×7 format as far as I know. 35mm lenses are often faster (f1, f1.2, f1.4, f1.8, f2 etc) and brighter. I have arguably a better range of Leica M lenses for the Leica M2 than I do Nikon lenses for the Nikon FM so even though both cameras are merely light boxes I would usually chose the Leica M2 first.  Different lens focal lengths of course do different jobs so again it depends what you will be photographing.

Film stock available: If I only had 120 film in stock, for example, then that would make the chose of film camera format to use easy!.

 

And finally.. what was actually going to be a two line intro and a link post, here is a Comparison of Kodak Portra 160, 400, 800 vs Fuji 400H shot overexposed and underexposed from the brilliant UKFilmLab.com guys. Enjoy!

 

Featured Link:

http://ukfilmlab.com/2014/04/24/film-stock-and-exposure-comparisons-kodak-portra-and-fuji/

 

Matt

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Film-Photography.html

Contax 645 Wedding :)