I'm totally sold on the new Portra 400 film for medium format work; I don't think you can beat it in a color negative film. However, sometimes 400 ISO is a bit too fast when your maximum shutter speed is 1/500 of a second. I've tried the new Portra 160 and am also happy with it. However, the Portra 160 is almost $30 for a five pack. When I looked around for alternatives I noticed that the Fuji Reala 100 is only $19.95 a five pack. Two dollars a roll doesn't sound like much, but over the course of the year it's significant enough for me to try the Reala. These shots are from my first roll of the Reala. It's also the first roll from a second A12 back that I picked up for my Hasselblad from Simon at Adorama. The back works perfectly, exactly as I would expect from Adorama's fantastic used department. I have several more rolls of Reala to play with, so I'll see how I like it. The color is true to life and it has a fine grain as you would expect from a medium format 100 speed film.
Roa Bird on Kent Street in Williamsburg, Fuji Reala 100
Cadillac Outside the Jake Walk, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100
While Kate and I were having drinks outside the Jake Walk, I was composing this shot. Kate knows what catches my eye SO well that she said, "I'm surprised you're not taking a picture of that door across the street." As you can see I framed the Cadillac, but was careful to include the door across the street. As I said, she knows me.
All shots were from the Hasselblad 501cm and Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 lens