“New” Kodak Portra 400 – Thoughts

When Kodak announced that they were “consolidating” their VC and NC emulsions for Portra 160 and 400, a lot of photographers, myself included, were convinced the end was near. “The beginning of the end” of Kodak film. That end is likely coming, but until then, Kodak has brought us New Portra 400. The most amazing and versatile color negative film I have ever used. Latitude is great, colors pop, the grain is film like, yet not overbearing. The shadow detail and dynamic range reminds me of TriX. Yes, this is the color film closest to B&W. You can shoot at ISO 800, and 1600, without pushing it. A good thing, as my camera shop will not push process. This film really should be why photographers fight for Kodak to survive. Buy, buy, buy this film. It is available in 35mm, 120 and 220 (medium format), and 4×5 and 8×10 large formats. I took some portraits of my son on another roill at 800 and 1600, and they came out amazing. Believe it or not, the skin tones are spot on, which really is baffling, goven the vivid colors seen here, in fall landscape photographs. I have not tried the New Portra 160 yet, but believe it or not, these were shot with 400, and at box speed.

These 35mm shots are from last week, at Hart Pond, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, taken with my Nikon F, and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai.

The Beach In Fall

The Beach In Fall

Freeman Trail, Which Runs Past Hart Pond

Freeman Trail, Which Runs Past Hart Pond

Dock

Dock

Wood

Wood

Reflection

Reflection

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