Kodak Portra film

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Kodak Portra is a popular range of portrait color (C-41) film known to produce pictures with very fine grain, ideal color, and natural skin tones. It is available in 35mm, 120 (medium format), and Large format sheets in speeds ranging from ISO 160 to 800.



Current

Portra 160

  • low saturation
  • extremely fine grain
  • low contrast
  • ideal for controlled lighting

Portra 400

  • medium saturation
  • extremely fine grain
  • low contrast
  • ideal for all lighting conditions

Portra 800

  • medium saturation
  • fine grain
  • superb sharpness
  • ideal for long lenses and low light


Discontinued

Portra 100T[1]

  • Tungsten balanced film

Portra 100UC


Portra 160NC

  • natural colors
  • very fine grain
  • low contrast
  • ideal for controlled lighting

Portra 160VC

  • vivid colors
  • very fine grain
  • medium contrast
  • ideal for controlled lighting

Portra 400BW

  • C-41 process black and white film

Portra 400NC

  • natural colors
  • fine grain
  • low contrast
  • ideal for a wide range of lighting conditions

Portra 400UC


Portra 400VC

  • vivid colors
  • fine grain
  • medium contrast
  • ideal for a wide range of lighting conditions

NC vs VC

Portra 400 NC and VC
images by Aldo Rafael Altamirano (Image rights)


Kodak originally offered its Portra range in two varieties. Natural Color (NC) was specifically tuned to give subtle color and natural skin tones in low-light situations or with on-camera flash. Vivid Color (VC) was specifically tuned to give enhanced color in low light. According to Kodak in the very last version of the NC/VC films the difference between them was less than 5%.

Notes

  1. Portra 100T Technical Data

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