Kodak Portra 400NC: A Great Color Negative Film


As a pure slide film addict, I was hesitant to buy and use ‘normal’ color negative film, that being said I was happily surprised at the results I got from this film, the Kodak Portra 400NC!

As I mentioned I am a little bit of a slide film snob. However, I found a box of both Kodak Portra 400 NC and VC expired in a box of films at one of my favorite camera stores, and I thought, why not give it a try? I find that expired 120 film is hard to come by and looking for 120 slide expired is just dreaming, although I got myself 12 rolls at the same shop the other day. I generally take the approach of if it is expired and 120 I’ll take it. So this is how I came to own this film.

I am an amateur when it comes to this film (these photos being my first roll of it) or any 120 film for that matter, for some reason I have to get the manual out every time I need to load a 120 camera, but after getting it right I was ready to go with out with my Lubitel and take some shots.

It took me almost 6 weeks to finish this roll as I was a bit precious about it, the pressure is on when you have only 12 shots from one roll. Having an 400 ISO, it is the perfect daylight film, I personally like a shallow depth of field so I try to open the aperture as wide as possible with the fastest shutter speed available. This is a little more challenging with a higher ISO film as most film cameras don’t go over 1/250 for shutter speed.

The film gives great colors especially when it comes to blues around sunset and there is almost no grain which I found surprising as my slide 400 gives me lots of grain, this is one of the pro’s for me as I love a crisp image and this film gives you one.

I am so happy with the quality of the images I got from this film and excited to use the next 4 rolls and try out the VC to see the differences. I would definitely get more if I came by it. So, I learned a lesson to not judge all color negative films as some may surprise you with their results.

The Kodak Portra 400 NC 120 offers everything a professional portrait photographer could ask for. Fine grain, smooth skin tones, natural colors, this film has it all. See the whole range of color negatives in our Shop.

written by nicx on 2011-09-19 #gear #medium-format #review #color-negative #daylight #crisp #professional #lomography #user-review #requested #low-grain

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  1. ho0la
    ho0la ·

    great review :D

  2. neja
    neja ·

    really enjoyed this article! x

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