I, luckily to say the least, came upon your web site today. I was
searching for an answer to the question: "What is the 'best' choice
of film to use to photograph a bay-coloured horse?" I'm not sure
but I think I heard somewhere that Agfa film gives good colour
rendition for this colour horse.
I will be outside and using a Canon A-1 camera. Any other
suggestions, for example, on the best lens to use (I have 28 mm,
50 mm, 75-205 mm zoom) would also be appreciated.
The film that I consider to be excellent for the purpose that you
describe is FUJI NHG 400. This is a print film, and it has a much
greater exposure latitude then positive film has.
After speaking with many other professional photographers, I find
that fewer are using film other then FUJI at this time. The reason
that I suggest ISO 400, is that although 100 or 200 ISO is normally
used, during daylight, the 400 ISO film will give you a smaller lens
opening and therefor a greater depth of field. If you are going to
photograph your horse in motion, you must of course pre-focus. The
greater depth of field will help minimize any focus problems you
I suggest using the 75-205 mm zoom lens at about 100 mm's. That
will put you at a distance that will allow for the least distortion
of the horse if you keep the camera at the level of the center of
the body of the horse. Make sure that the actual image of the horse
takes up at least 60% of the viewfinder.
For a little greater explanation of the above, see the November and
December questions of the month in my website.