Kodak Portra 160/400 Film Report


Eastman Kodak Company, commonly known as Kodak is famous for its photographic film products and the company has achieved a dominate position in the film industry during the 20th Century. The most iconic film of Kodak is probably the Kodachrome, which was introduced in 1935 and it was the most popular colour reversal film back then with vivid saturated colours. However, the Kodachrome 64 was discounted in the year 1996 and this signified the slow discontinuation of the entire Kodakchrome line-up in the years followed. Another popular film made by Kodak is named "Portra" and it is famous for its portraiture rendering and fine-grain produced.

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Kodak Portra are colour negative films available in three film speed ranging from ISO 160 to 800. Kodak Portra 160 and 400 are the most widely used films in the Portra range and each were available in two versions: NC (Netural Colour) and VC (Vivid Colour). Kodak combined those two versions and replaced with a single Portra 160 or 400 in late 2010. The graininess on the Kodak Portra 160 can be described as extremely fine grain and the Potra 400 also has very fine grain. Both the Portra 160 and the 400 has balanced saturation and colours that are mainly applied to portraiture and travel photography.

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Personally, I haved used all those films and I can describe both the Portra 160 & 400 have very nice grains with the 160 film producing sharper images. The skin tones rendered is very natural and the overall picture tone is natural as well. However, I still prefer the discontinued VC version of Kodak Portra, which produces more colourful and vivid images. The colours of the Portra VC film are punchy and eye-pleasing yet not exaggerated. The stock availability of the Portra VC film is very low since it has been out of production for a couple of years already so buyer have to be careful when buying since most are expired. I recommend as long as the films have been properly stored and refrigerated then within a time period of 5 years should yield fine results. Now it is time to hunt down and stock some Kodak Portra 160 and 400 VC film.

Kodak Portra 400 by Hasselblad

Kodak Portra 400 by Hasselblad

Kodak Portra 400 by Rolleiflex

Kodak Portra 400 by Rolleiflex

Kodak Potra 160 VC

Kodak Potra 160 VC