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10-01-2010, 07:07 AM   #1
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Kodak Portra

Has anyone tried this? A friend just emailed me this link and it looks interesting. Anyone have any experience with this film?

Kodak Porta 400 Film Made Exclusively for Scanning -- Not Printing

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It won't be available until November, so I guess the answer is probably no


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It is an interesting concept.
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This film sounds interesting, I will probably have to try it out at some stage. I haven't even tried normal Portra yet though

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I have been using the 160nc and vc and the 400nc in 120. I'm curious where this film will fall relative to the NC and VC rating. I'm guessing it leans towards the VC side.

Edit: I just noticed the NC and VC Portra 400 seems to not be listed anymore. Here we go again. 1 step forward, 2 steps backwards.

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The new PORTRA 400 Film replaces the existing KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 400NC and 400VC Films.

Based on current sales, KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 400NC AND 400VC products are expected to be available in the market though December 2010.

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I'm holding out for the reversal version!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
I have been using the 160nc and vc and the 400nc in 120. I'm curious where this film will fall relative to the NC and VC rating. I'm guessing it leans towards the VC side.

Edit: I just noticed the NC and VC Portra 400 seems to not be listed anymore. Here we go again. 1 step forward, 2 steps backwards.
Yep...officially retired. Existing stock is expected to last through December. Here is a link to an interview with the Kodak marketing guy:

Kodak: "There is a very real resurgence for film" - British Journal of Photography

According to the article, the VC and NC versions have been moving closer to each other in stages for some time. Where the new version will land is a good question. I guess we will have to try it out What is cool is that it is apparently available in 35mm, 120, 220, and 4x5 from the date of release with the option to buy larger/odd sizes (5x7, 8x10, and up) through Canham Cameras on a per-demand basis.


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This version was primarily enhanced for digital darkroom users so everything else except layer for scanning remains more or less the same.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clicker Quote
This version was primarily enhanced for digital darkroom users so everything else except layer for scanning remains more or less the same.
The VC and NC has moved closer to each other over time so that makes it a bet more tricky. Its not the first time Kodak as played with names and emulsions.
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I can't wait to try it. Portra 400 was already really fine grained and scanned well for me. I'm interested to know if there are real improvements or if it's just a way to consolidate 2 into 1... not such a bad thing if it means film stays around imo.
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Smart move... instead of fighting digital formats, they develop exactly to ease the transition to it (scanning).

That images end up on computers for any meaningful end result, that's a fact. But how they end there is another different matter. Kodak is keeping themselves relevant by easing the path of "shooting 35mm and scanning".
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Yep...officially retired. Existing stock is expected to last through December. Here is a link to an interview with the Kodak marketing guy:

Kodak: "There is a very real resurgence for film" - British Journal of Photography

According to the article, the VC and NC versions have been moving closer to each other in stages for some time. Where the new version will land is a good question. I guess we will have to try it out What is cool is that it is apparently available in 35mm, 120, 220, and 4x5 from the date of release with the option to buy larger/odd sizes (5x7, 8x10, and up) through Canham Cameras on a per-demand basis.


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I find it interesting that according to Kodak film is having a "resurgence". The last thing we want is more films to disappear or become more expensive.

While I can only speculate, it sounds like a good move to me too.
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November is here. Where is the new Portra? (I realize that a lot of days in November remain).

I've been waiting to try the new formula. Portra variants are good.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this as well.
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The title of the article is misleading.

Yes, Kodak has optimized their films for scanning but they are still equally well-suited for conventional printing.

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