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03-30-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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Best available non-expired negative film

Which is the best available, non-expired 35mm color negative film today?

I like Kodak Ektar. This is the only good film I could find having expiry date of 2014/2015. Fuji Pro 160 are only available expired.

Which other negative films do you like which is currently available and has expiry date of future?

Update: color negatives


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03-30-2013, 05:05 AM   #2
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Well in b&w I like Kodak TMax 400, Fuji Acros and Neopan 400.

I suppose I was limited to only one film I'd chose the TMax 400.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Vendee Quote
Well in b&w I like Kodak TMax 400, Fuji Acros and Neopan 400.

I suppose I was limited to only one film I'd chose the TMax 400.
Thanks Vendee, I should have mentioned color. Updated the post.
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Kodak Portra is very nice and has good latitude. Ektar can be tricky, I gather, with some scanning problems. I have no real problems with Fuji Superia 200 or the 400 version, available from Boots in the UK on a "buy one, get one half price" offer right now. And also in the UK, Poundland often stocks Agfa Vista for (guess what) 1; it's believed to be re-badged Fuji C200. Makes a great test film, and is usable for other non-critical purposes as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisR Quote
Ektar can be tricky, I gather, with some scanning problems.
Never had a problem scanning the stuff. The main issue is color/contrast shift with over/under exposure.


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Portra 400 is terrific film, almost too good such that it almost looks like it could have come from a digital camera. BW400CN has a similair "problem". Ektar though looks very film-like due to it's colours (although it is very fine grained), as does XP2 (I can't get SilverEfex to come close to an XP2 look). Depends what look you want.
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I've been buying Superia 200 on eBay. I like the colour for the landscape & nature pix I do.
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I like Portra 160 and Superia 400 actually. Superia 400 is cheap, cheap, cheap. It's often available as a house brand for drug stores for as little as $1.50 a roll on sale.

Portra 160 is less cheap but it's one of the few films that gives you almost medium format sharpness and grain with a 35mm negative.

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Isn't Portra 160 only available expired?
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
Isn't Portra 160 only available expired?
It still shows as being available on the Kodak web site.

KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film: Questions and Answers

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It still shows as being available on the Kodak web site.

KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film: Questions and Answers

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Probably that page needs update, or at least I was not able to find Portra 160 35mm anywhere which is non-expired and has the reasonable expiry.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
Probably that page needs update, or at least I was not able to find Portra 160 35mm anywhere which is non-expired and has the reasonable expiry.
Yeah your right it looks like some places have no current stock. B&H might but they don't indicate the expiry date:

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Hopefully this does not mean the end of another Kodak film!

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Portra is definitely still available non expired. I'm in love with the 800 speed for indoor, natural light portraits. Trying some Fuji 400H out tomorrow.
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Portra is current product. You may be looking for the NC or VC variants, which were discontinued in 2011 when Kodak released the new Portra 160 (no VC or NC versions, just one film).

I am unsure as to it's availability in Bangalore, but here in the US it is readily available at pretty much any professional photography store.
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Portra is also available not only in 35mm and 120 but also both it and Ektar in 4X5
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