Head Shots Best film for such?

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I'm interested in taking head shots of my family for archiving. I plan to enlarge the prints to 8 x 10, which B/W films offer the best results in contrast, grain, and overall quality.


-- Alix A. Day (ratsyad@optonline.net), January 31, 2001


If you have enough light, i.e. strobes or daylight... Agfa Pan 25 or Ilford PanF are beautiful. If you don't Ilford XP2+ works nicely Cheers

-- Scott Walton (f64sw@hotmail.com), January 31, 2001.

sorry but kodachrome 25 (tooooo maaannny colors) is a great film for such work (very unforgiving though), but kodak TMX is my all purpose b&w... fair tonality and darn fine grain for a 100ISO

-- Jason Tuck (Jtuck80@csi.com), February 01, 2001.

I've always like FP4+ and HP5+ (or the Kodak equivalents). I'd just recomment to use medium format or bigger. PanF+ is nice but not needed with the larger formats. And Agfapan shows unflattering facial imperfections.

-- floren (flcpge@yahoo.com), February 01, 2001.

I think FP4+ is a gorgeous portrait film- sharp, but not unflatteringly so, low grain (and a pleasant grain when visible), and a tonal scale that does so well for skin tones.

-- Eamonn Aiken (aikene@bc.edu), February 02, 2001.

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