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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon March 22, 2012
This is hands down one of the best portrait films around. The new ISO160 edition is ideal, leaving little to no visible grain for enlargements! Now for those who started digital and are working their way backwards, you probably won't enjoy the muted colors and contrast...I find the popular trend right now is to over-process in terms of saturation and contrast. That said, I challenge you to take a look at a dozen high-fashion shoots and tell me whether the majority of them are over-saturated or muted...exactly.

PROS
- True-to-life skin tones
- Comparatively slightly desaturated, perfect for portraits
- Extremely fine grain structure
- Trusted by most pro film shooters
- Scans VERY well

CONS
- NONE.

OVERALL
Most experts agree, there is little to match this film for portraiture. Many medium format editorial/fashion shooters that have not gone digital still trust this as the only film to give that high fashion look! As a wedding photographer, the skin tones this film produces alone make this worth the minimal price premium. Throw it in a 645, and enjoy portraiture GOLD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
Kodak 120 Professional Porta Color 160 Film, is a top quality product. It serves well for any subject matter in its ability to capture the most subtle variation in both color and value. The hues are rich without looking too saturated (which can of course be desirable with different films under other circumstances) capturing a lovely, fine grain, naturalistic quality. When shooting portraits or any shallow space subject matter, Porta Color handles reflected light and color beautifully. The ISO of 160 works well under a variety of light situations. The combination of 120 format and the use of a tripod can deliver some spectacular results. Reasonably priced, too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
I'm just getting into medium format photography, and this is amazing. I'm enjoying this film so much I'm considering selling my digital camera. Some day, perhaps, film will no longer be made, but until then, I'll be shooting this and Tri-X . The colors are wonderful and accurate, the grain is superfine, and it scans well.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
I have used this film and am able to obtain such magnificent tones & colors. Film is beautiful and really spot on when your camera settings are set properly. I suggest playing with your settings and experimenting with the right look for you.
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on November 6, 2014
This is the best color negative film the resolution is just amazing, its not iso 160 but rather 100. really nice skin tones, if you want to shoot people then this is only choice with the other portras.

I truly hope that Kodak will continue to produce color negative films and that they wont keep upping the prices!! they are forcing analog pro photographers to become crappy digital shooters that chimp like nuts when trying to get a shot right. With film the real photography, not based on composite images in PS or chimping on camera or spraying 1000 shots and pray to get something right is starting to disappear.

Watch out with flash as negative color C-41 and Portra, specially the new portra has bluish cyan cold tones with flash. you might need to adjust with gels the temp of your lights.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2013
Portra 160 is my favorite of the Kodak Portra Line, Skin looks absolutely Beautiful with this film. Looks good shot at box speed, but I really like the way it looks overexposed 1 stop, and it can easily handle more exposure than that. Meter correctly (don't underexpose) send it to a good lab and you won't be disappointed.
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on April 30, 2014
Dig it! I did C-41 kit processing at home with great results. Accurate color, speed and nice fair price for this grade of film.
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on March 12, 2014
What can i say - using the old Halina or the Yashica TLR I have yet to find a better portrait film - skin tones are beautiful and colors are warm and true - I really love this film and wait in anticipation every time I send a roll off for developing.
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on December 18, 2013
Porta 160 is the first film of this type I've used. Film arrived as promised and as communicated through Amazon emails in excellent condition. I am pleased with the results of what Kodak has promised with this film. I'll order more.
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I use this film in my holga cameras. provided the light is strong, it gives gorgeous rich photos.
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