Kodak Portra 160 35mm 36exp Professional 5 Pack

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Kodak Portra 160 35mm 36exp Professional 5 Pack

Kodak Portra 160 35mm 36exp Professional 5 Pack

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Have you just got hold of a film camera and not sure where to start. We have lots of films to choose from, but you might be wondering which is the best one for you? Then read our guide Choose Your Film. It will give you a good starting point and a clear idea of what the different films do. According to the PGI table for Portra 160: when looking at an 8×10 print made from 35mm film, Portra 160 shows about 12% more granularity than Ektar* — a film that Kodak claims to have “World’s Finest Grain.” Portra 160’s PGI is also 16% less grainy than Kodak Gold when printed in 4×6. As someone who shoots film, doesn’t develop it myself, and likes to get good results, that’s more the kind of stuff I care about. Kodak can worry about how they make the film. I’m just very grateful that they do.

Lots of photographers really like Kodak Portra 160 and I’m sure that when you expose it right, you’re bound to as well. I’ve used it in studio settings and in natural light settings. I’ve felt it isn’t giving me as consistent results as Kodak Portra 400 gives me. Quite honestly, I’ve never had a problem just pushing or pulling the 400 film anyway. Canon EOS 1V All that said though, does it really matter? It’s a point worth mentioning because it’s a real phenomenon and I couldn’t write this review without bringing it up. It’s not something worth preaching about though. You can shoot what you want. One thing I’m struggling to understand here is are the people commenting on Portra–particularly those who don’t really fancy it–depending on scans from a non-professional lab to judge what it can do? If you’re doing that, you’re commenting more on the lab’s knowledge and skill, and the scanner’s (human and electronic) preferences, than on the quality of the film and its characteristics. When you load up Kodak Portra 160 you automatically know that it’s a color negative film. So with that said, it should have a decent amount of versatility. Indeed, it does. When working with a studio strobe, know that you’ll be able to get a lot of details out the highlights and even a fair amount from the shadows. My best and favorite flash work in my opinion with Kodak Portra 160 was done using speedlights. In fact, if you’re shooting an event with this film and speedlights, you’ll do just fine. Kodak uses Print Grain Index to measure this film’s granularity in favour of the older RMS system. The challenge of measuring grain is that it’s an organic product with highly variable granules. PGI attempts to use surveys to gauge the overall perception of granularity instead of trying to make sense of inconsistent measurements. Those surveys involve judging various lab-made enlargements: 4×6, 8×10, 8×10, and 16×20.


The above shot is on a hike I have done quite a few times during the corona shut downs as it was open. I took a photo of this subject with an iPhone 11 Pro, Nikon Z7, Nikon Z50, and then this Portra one. The Portra was the best of all. The colors were just better, richer without looking over done.

If you have a camera or photography shop near you that keeps a good selection of film, they should really have some Portra 400. The only reason they wouldn’t is that they’ve sold out. It comes in a 5-roll box but any shop worth their salt should let you buy single rolls from open boxes too. Finally, there’s the question of me being a bona fide film photographer or not. Who knows? Like every other intellectual question, it demands more insight than I can offer at this point in time. It’s like an aphorism I don’t quite relate to. I’d hate for me to end with more questions than we initially started with. I don’t need to love Portra to be a film photographer (that much is obvious). And maybe things will change in the future for me and Portra. Maybe I’ll fall in love, given the right subject, conditions, and inspiration. After all, there’s still another roll of Portra 160 in my fridge, awaiting its day in the sun. Buy Kodak Portra 160 from B&H Photo here Browse for film in our shop, F Stop Cameras

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Fear not, though. If you can’t find any in person, don’t have time to go and look, want to find it at the best price before buying, or indeed want to buy less than 5 rolls, there are plenty of people online who will sell you some instead. The only elephant in the room here is something we maybe should have touched on earlier. It’s not cheap. In fact, depending on where you shop, Portra 400 might be Kodak’s most expensive colour negative film.I’ve been using Kodak Portra 160 for years; and even though I prefer to work with 400, 160 is surely a nice film in the right settings. My experience is that Portra 160 is a very easy to like film but you have to know it’s needs to get good results. Colors tend to be a bit less vibrant than most film on bright sunny days. The above shot was done on a cloudy day and I did not use any filters. I used box speed and exposed for the mid tones. When you are shooting sunny mid day a polarizing filter helps keeps the full sun toned down to get the best results. Kodak Ektar, Ektachrome, Gold 200, Ultramax, Fuji Velvia, and Fuji 200 usually do fine in full sun without filters. Portra for me seems to like a tungsten filter when shooting indoor with mixed natural and artificial light. Portra 160 without filters. 35mm Minolta 600si 50mm f2.8 Outstanding scanning results?with finer grain and an emulsion overcoat specially designed for scanners, Portra Films reproduce beautifully.

This review covers all key Kodak Portra 160 attributes and includes tips for taking better photos with this pro-grade film. It *is* color negative film, after all, which has way more flexibility in what the final output looks like than transparency film–and it’s been digitised, god knows how, on what kind of machine, and by whom. A reader suggested using a Hoya Skylight 1B filter to prevent cyan colour casts when rating the film at lower ISO values, such as 100 or 80. Kodak Portra 160 is a versatile film and doesincredibly well in situationslike snow, desert, and beach scenes. Note: In this article, I advise “rating film” at ISO X . This is not to be confused with push- or pull-processing . To “rate” your film, change the ISO setting on your light meter/camera to X and develop normally.

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He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing. He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. If you have some precious digital photos which you’re looking to turn into Portra 400 film shots, look no further than these Portra 400 Lightroom Presets. It does, however, have slightly less latitude for over and underexposure compared to Portra 400. Overexposure increases the saturation making your images bright, punchy while taking away the flattering skin tones.

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