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01-01-2010, 06:39 PM   #1
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Do you like Kodak Portra 160?

Hello,

As I shoot different films, I start to get my "favorites" film that become my first choice when comes the time to load a camera.
For B&W slow film, I have come to like Agfa APX100 and have 20+ rolls in my freezer.
For B&W fast film, I really like TriX 400.
For color fast film, I do like Portra 400NC (20 rolls in the freezer) but I am also trying out some Fuji NPH400.
For slide Velvia 100 (20 rolls in the freezer) on a sunny day and Provia 100F otherwise.
I have just shot a roll of Portra 160NC and I also like it.




It seems to have a somewhat large range that I really find useful for all around shooting.
Do you have any experience with this film or with Portra 160VC as it would be a cheaper alternative to Provia 100F for an all around film?

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I think you mean "Portra 160NC" instead of "Provia..."

Honestly, mate, the only thing that looks like chrome is chrome. Slides look like they've been carved from coloured glass - bold, solid colours, as well as having a curve with an abrupt toe and shoulder. Neg looks more delicate, which is why I think it's great for portraits.

Having said that, yes, Portra's my favourite colour neg film. Smooth, rich colours. I tend to find Fuji's films a bit cool and green (that 4th colour layer I think plays a part in that) and Kodak's are a bit more neutral, perhaps a little on the warm side.

I think Fuji's tones are weighted towards Asian skin tones - the extra green - while Kodak does better Caucasian skin tones (which is fair 'nuff, if you think about it.)

I do still think Fuji Reala's one of the best damned landscape negative films out there, though. It's not quite slide or Kodak Ektar, but the colours are bold, and the grain is fantastic.
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I've only tried one roll of Portra 160NC, and I had pretty good results with it while shooting both florals, and landscapes.
However, a friend of mine has never liked it for landscapes. His skies just look wrong, and he couldn't figure out why.
Finally, we came to the conclusion that it was the lens making all the difference.

I have a roll of 400 here, I'm thinking of trying in a studio environment sometime soon.
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I've also shot only once with the 160 NC + FA50 combo... love the results. Very nice for saturated portraits

This ppg entry is from that one roll
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artist/galleryimages/gallery_image_7107143.jpg

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Yep great colour film, though I mostly shoot Fuji slide film now. (Velvia 100)
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I am glad to see that you all have a good opinion of that film.
I am going through the scans of the roll and still like it very much...





This was a day with tricky light sun, fog and some shadows and I like what this film got out of it.

Cheers,

luc
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I'm very glad to see this thread since I now own five rolls of this stuff in 120. I don't know when I'll actually shoot any since colour developing is so expensive. I'm actually interested in getting some Tetenal Colortec and trying it myself, though reading some instructions by someone on Flickr sounds like it's going to give me cancer. In any case, the results in this thread seem great
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Does anybody have shoot 160VC as well as 160NC?

Cheers,

Luc

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Luc, I shot one roll of VC this past summer - wasn't impressed enough to try another roll, but some of that feeling may be due to the processing I had done.

Here are a couple samples...

ME Super, probably M50 f/2







Not sure if these are what you're looking for, but hope they're helpful. That being said, based on your shots, I'm going to have to give the "NC" version a try. While I'm at it, I'll second Lithos' suggestion of Reala 100. Have a roll of it that I shot in Philadelphia on New Year's Eve to drop off on Monday.

Happy New Year to all,
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Hello Kevin,

Thanks for the shots. It looks different than the 160NC. More saturation and contrast and maybe less range.
I will try it because I purchased a pack of 160VC by mistake instead of the 160NC I was after

Cheers,

Luc
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Aye, Ibenac, I've got a roll of VC in my MX at the moment. I've shot some before, but can't seem to find the photos.

I'll let you know how this roll turns out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
Does anybody have shoot 160VC as well as 160NC?

Cheers,

Luc
Yep. You can make NC look practically like VC by overexposing it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
Does anybody have shoot 160VC as well as 160NC?

Cheers,

Luc

Hi Luc:

Nice shots!!

I have not tried the Portra 160VC, but I did try some rolls of the 400VC last year when I was testing some new telephoto lenses. All of the Portra series are good, it just depends what you are shooting, for which film is better suited.

Kodak has some technical documents on their web site that has the recommended uses for each type of film.

Here are some links to Kodak Portra:

http://www.kodak.com/global/plugins/acrobat/en/professional/products/films/p...raBrochure.pdf

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/e4040/e4040.pdf


Here is a shot using Portra 400VC and my KX & K300/4:



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Thanks Phil.
I will check the 160VC that is in the mail for me once it arrives.
If I understand correctly it is trading medium contrast versus low contrast to gain some saturation.
Hopefully the differences are not too big, as I liked the subtle colors and latitude of the 160NC.

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Cheers,

Luc
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