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I just purchased a used Mamiya C330f and I want to start learning medium format portrait photography. Can anyone recommend a b&w medium format film that will render natural, smooth skin tones under natural light? Also, what's a good portrait lens for this camera? Thanks. Sean...

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    I just purchased a used Mamiya C330f and I want to start learning medium
    format portrait photography. Can anyone recommend a b&w medium format film
    that will render natural, smooth skin tones under natural light? Also,
    what's a good portrait lens for this camera? Thanks.

    Sean


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    > I just purchased a used Mamiya C330f and I want to start learning medium 

    VPS...stay away from the green box.
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    It's a matter of personal taste. Many people start with Kodak 400TX
    (Tri-X). It's a good film, forgiving, and has a wide user base. Other
    suggestions are the TMax films from Kodak (100 and 400) - fine grained but
    sometimes fussy - or Ilford FP4+ - ISO 125 and a generally excellent,
    all-around film. If you don't mind using C41 (color negative) processing,
    Ilford XP2 is hard to beat; Kodak 400CN is similar.

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    Kodak VPS is a color negative film.
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    > Kodak VPS is a color negative film.

    I didn't think the original poster specified B&W or color.
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    Portrait lens traditionally is about 2x standard or a bit more. So for
    you around 150mm or towareds 200mm. (Don't know the range offered for
    that cam.
    Great portraits can been made with any lens though. Depends how you
    use it. Wide angles obviously have the danger of exaggerated
    perspective making for big noses if you're not careful...(because you
    have to come so close with the cam to fill the frame, that's why)
    Dan Guest

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    Hi Nomad - presumably, you bought the camera with the standard 80mm lens and
    although you can change the lenses on this camera I'd just stick to this
    one. Remember, that before the advent of the interchangable TLR many
    photographers had to contend with the fixed 80mm lens of the Rolleiflex -
    look at Bill Brandt's work or David Bailey's portraits from the 60s. The
    quality of the negative is far superior to 35mm and cropping in to get rid
    of distractions should still result in a good quality print.

    Regarding film, as another poster wrote, is very much a matter of personal
    taste and dependent on the type of image you want to create - and may be
    100iso, 400, 800, infra-red and so! However, my personal favourite for
    portraits is either Ilford FP4 or T-Max 100 which I'll often use with a
    light yellow filter to accentuate skin tones.
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