I've recently purchased a Mamiya 645 AFD with both 80mm ƒ/2.8 and 45mm ƒ/2.8 lenses and I'm looking forward to dipping my toes in the medium format (only the pinkies could fit in my current digital crop-sensor).
Are there any rules of thumb I should know when it comes to choosing film? I mostly shoot landscapes and am accustomed to the Fuji provia look from my X-T2 and Lightroom or Capture One editing workflow. The green tones always do give me a headache though.
I expect things will be very different with film. I intend to get them developed and scanned to high res Tiff by a professional lab (any tips on choosing a good one?). From editing videos I've seen online the colour rendition can be quite variable depending on the lab, so I expect to have to fiddle around and go through some iterations before being comfortable and confident with the output.
My main question at this stage is: what factors should I consider in choosing film? I see various brands on sale because they're expired; is this typically a risky hit-or-miss business best avoided for beginners like me? (the low price is attractive, but less so if one considers the development + scanning overhead, should the scans turn out awful).
Availability and price are definitely going to be an issue, but aside from this, are there well-known colour rendition factors that I can research? Any comparison site to show side-by-side colour rendition features/peculiarities of the various common brands?
As an aside, I converted an old Fuji X-pro1 to infra-red and am really enjoying the looks of black-and-white infrared photography. I expect it's also something that can be done with this new Mamiya and suitable film (black and white would be my preference) – any tips on this as well would be appreciated!