Kodak 160vc (120, 160 iso) user-review


This film is sometimes hazy, brilliant, greenish, vivid… not only are the colours completely unpredictable, but this is also a bit of a villain kind of film.

This film is sometimes hazy, brilliant, greenish, vivid… not only are the colours completely unpredictable, but this is also a bit of a villain kind of film.

It’s the only type that stole both my Holga foam pads on separate occasions and sucked them up into the roll, very cheeky I say. I picked up 10 rolls of this stuff on Ebay. The film was listed as being out-of-date from 2001-2006, so I knew I was going to have some fun with it.

The colours in my first roll were almost like slide film – amazingly vivid and bright! The second roll was quite normal, the third went ballistic and turned sepia with a filter. After that I had some fun with portraiture and what I got were skin tones that were subtle, fine-grained, and eloquent.

I used this film in conjunction with slide film when going out on photo-taking expeditions. It worked well because with either type of film, I knew the results wouldn’t come out “normal”, and that’s what I really loved about 160VC expired film.

written by kirri-joy on 2009-02-18 #gear #australia #expired #120 #review #colour-negative #160-iso #kodak-160vc


  1. d_i_d
    d_i_d ·

    11 is just amazing! How was this done?

  2. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    yeah, how was it done?
    great review, great shots, great film, i'll certainly keep both eyes open for this film next time im on ebay!

  3. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    hey guys! thanks for the nice comments! number 11 is definately an anomaly. that morning i had spent 3 hours trying to make my own splitzer for my holga, its not as easy as it looks...anyway, it was basically two bits of cardboard that spun round on the front of the lens. for this shot i took two pictures within one block near the train station. the cardboard bits fell into this position somehow...gotta love d.i.y. :D

  4. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Great shots.....did you use a lensbaby for #10?

  5. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    hi eyecon, thanks for the comment...i used a black soft surround filter that comes with the holga maniac pack. :) its a good lens.

  6. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    i just googled lensbabies, they're cool..

  7. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Nice gallery! Well done with this cool film :)

  8. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Good job Kirri =) and I love the homemade splitzer shot! We use a lensbaby sometimes when doing video shoots at work, it looks really cool on film (Sony Z1 film camera with an adapter for Canon photo optics + lensbaby)...

  9. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Hey kirri-joy : that´s really nice and I bet a lot cheaper then a lensbaby :)

  10. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    And yeah, you got a great result with the soft focus filter =)

  11. larslau
    larslau ·

    This is an awsome gallery! I'm blown away.

  12. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! smells like a film review of the week... Grrrreat shots !!!

  13. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    haha thanks everyone! *big smile*

  14. 80s_ego
    80s_ego ·

    wow...i love the 9th image...it's like a dream...

  15. donatus
    donatus ·

    Gorgeous colours!

  16. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Congrats for the film review of the week! Gorgeous shots in the gallery, I really like the n°9! :))

  17. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    thanks everyone!

  18. hase77
    hase77 ·

    Hey, my first roll of this film sucked of the foam pads too... I would do everything to see the labtechnicans face :-)

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