In the Sep/Oct 2004 issue of Photo Techniques magazine, Ctein raved about how well new Portra 800 pushes: "With push processing [compared to NPZ] Portra 800 was the indisputable champ." Unfortunately my local pro store didn't stock Portra before Nutcracker ballet season, so it wasn't until spring Musical season that I got to try it. Given that Ctein said it's faster than ISO 800, and 5-minute push processing increased shadow density by > 1/2 stop, I shot bracketed 1600/2000/2500 and requested push2 processing. When the negatives came back, it looked like a better test would've been 2000/2500/3200 because all the negatives had good density, except the last series when the lights were dimmed during bracketing. The base is grayer (less orange) than most C-41 film; I don't know why. Negatives are edge coded Portra 800-2. Grain seems about the same as NPZ @2000 developed push2, but skin tones are better due to lower contrast. Color fidelity seems good, although with stage lighting it's hard to be certain. Next time I need a film to push, I'll definitely choose Portra 800 over NPZ, although I might buy a DSLR before that occurs. I doubt Portra 800 @ 3200 developed push2 can compete with Canon CMOS. If anyone's interested I could evaluate the effect of 1600/2000/2500 on grain.