Kodak 35mm Professional Portra Color Film (ISO 160) 6031959
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- Natural Skin Tones
- Extremely Fine Grain
- Low Contrast
- Good Under Mixed Lighting
- Kodak T-Grain Technology
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|Film Format Type||35mm|
|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 1.5 x 7.38 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.03 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.32 pounds|
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Professional Portra Color Film from Kodak. Portra is the consistent choice for beautiful portraits at any moment and under a wide variety of lighting. It could be the pose you've lit meticulously or a subject that's suddenly in perfect light. In either situation, you can capture every detail with Kodak Professional Portra 160-speed films knowing that you will get a sharp, fine grained image with good shadow and highlight detail.Portra reproduces accurate and natural color across the entire spectrum. In addition, the fine grain of Portra permits you to print larger than traditional color negative films. Kodak's T-Grain emulsion produces a clearer and more brilliant print with excellent resolution and skin tones.
Top customer reviews
* gorgeous, gentle color palettes with unparalleled skin tones;
* incredible highlight dynamic range (which makes it a perfect solution for bright, mid-day backlight that'd clip digital);
* taming mixed lighting--shadows and direct sun, incandescent and natural, etc.
However, just to set expectations properly in a world dominated by digital imagery: the results aren't "grain free" as other reviewers have suggested, nor does 35mm film (of any kind) approach medium format's dimensionality, tone, and sharpness. Portra 160 is wonderful, but, to give you an idea: the results aren't as smooth or as detailed as Portra 800 shot in medium format 6 x 7.
That said: 35mm Portra 160's grain *is* very fine and it scans beautifully, giving portraits a cinematic contrast and structure. So the grain's a good thing, and it's not at all obtrusive with prints up to 8" x 10" (maybe 9" x 12" in a pinch) or similarly-sized JPEGs (so, 1024 pixels or so @ 96 DPI, on a common non-retina screen). Print or display larger than that, though, and the limits of the 35mm format's resolving power become clear: image structure and sharpness will fall apart quickly. Really, it's happiest for 5" x 7" prints--for which it's probably finest the tool available, digital or otherwise.
One other note: be careful with exposure--more careful than you're used to being, maybe, with print film, especially if you're used to shooting Fuji. The latest Portras (160, 400, and 800) all have the great dynamic range you'd expect with C41 films, and they can even be push-processed a stop with acceptable results. Extreme overexposure, though, will emphasize a yellow-brown color cast, so you won't want to rate them more than 2/3 of a stop over box speed. (Honestly, I find Portra 160 is happiest right at 160, maybe notch to 125 if you want just a little bit more shadow detail.) Lots of shooters try Portra after experience with Fuji Pro 400H (which responds beautifully to two- or even three-stop overexposure) and find themselves not liking Portra's colors when shot the same way--so watch out if that's you: try box speed first!
Anyway, this is all burying the lead. Portra 160 is where it's at, visually. If shot, sized, and displayed or printed right, the results look like nothing else out there in the digital world--or, like digital images that've been retouched by a world-class hollywood editor. Detail and dimension leaps from such flattering softness; vibrant colors dart in and among an otherwise neutral, gentle daylight palette. It's just magic!