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I recently sold a Yashica T4 and purchased a Contax T2. I just finished a roll of Portra 400 and the results weren't what I had expected. Something about the photos (especially the colors) seem really off compared to the photos I took in the past with the Yashica T4. I was wondering if this is something wrong with the Contax T2 or a developing problem or what the results should look like with the Portra 400 because it is my first time trying this film.

The first two photos are taken with the Contax T2/Portra 400 and the last two photos taken with the Yashica T4/Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400.

Contax T2/Portra 400 Sample 1 Contax T2/Portra 400 Sample 2

Yashica T4/Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400 Sample Yashica T4/Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400 Sample

  • What lens(es) were used for each of the four photos? – Michael C Jul 16 '18 at 17:59
  • @MichaelClark These are both point-and-shoot cameras with built-in lens. – osullic Jul 16 '18 at 19:43
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    @bimsbottega, if you want to compare your results with the Yashica to your results with the Contax, then use the same film. Of course the colour palette is going to be different between a general purpose consumer film like Superia and the portrait-oriented Kodak Portra. – osullic Jul 16 '18 at 19:46
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All four of the sample images were shot under four different lighting scenarios. Even the two shot under daylight will be different due to the influence of all of the green vegetation in the first shot.

The fact that you used a very different film for the first two shot with the Contax than you used to shoot the second two with your Yashica makes it even harder to compare the two results. If you, presumably, used two different lenses that could also affect the color and contrast of the images.

To really compare two different films you need to shoot the same scene under the same lighting conditions using the same lens and have them processed and scanned/printed at the same time by the exact same processing.

In general, it appears the first two images shot with the Contex are a bit brighter than the other two shot with the Yashica, so the meter of the Contax might not be as sensitive as the meter in the Yashica. Or it might be that the roll from the Contax was developed brighter. Whatever the reason, brightening the image also tends to reduce contrast which compounds the fact that Superia is more contrasty than Portra to begin with.

The second image appears to have been shot under some fairly limited spectrum fluorescent lighting, which tends to look green when used with daylight balanced film if not corrected with a proper filter when shooting.

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Portra 400 is a portrait film and being so it's contrast is not as high as a typical general purpose film. The skin tones will also be more natural, too.

Based on the image, especially the one with man sitting, I would argue that the problem is not with the film but with the way the image was scanned or printed. Specifically the contrast is way too high and there is a terrible green/yellow color cast to the entire image.

The skin tones in the shot taken with the Yashica are not accurate at all. In the last shot of the guy with the cup in his hand, for example, you will notice that his skin tones are way too red.

Remember, any image can be made to look bad if it was not printed or scanned properly. To prove this, I am including a link to 500px.com where I did a keyword search for "portra 400." Notice that none of the photos look anything like the two images you posted.

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