The Sharp and Quick Kodak Portra 400VC 35mm


Sharp, punchy, quick, smooth. It costs a little more but also gives a lot more. The “VC” in this Kodak film’s name stands for Vivid Colour and it gives that, even in tricky light situations!

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A few weeks ago one day it started snowing like crazy over here! It snowed and snowed and snowed all day, thick thick thick flakes, and it was still snowing after 9 PM, while looking really pretty outside, so I thought: this requires a lomowalk!

There’s something about the first snow and the silence that falls over the city which is very comforting. So we, my LC-A+ and I, dressed up and headed out.

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The ISO 400 means it’s perfect for nights when there’s little light around. The only light available to me here were the street lights, which probably couldn’t be enough for an ISO 100 but here, it was perfect. Perfectly exposed. Just as bright/dark as I remember it to be.

This is the winning shot on the roll for me:

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The different shades of light show on the snow because of the different light sources. The little ice picks are still sharp even though this was shot very quickly and the LC-A+ still took a while to expose. Love it.

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The sharpness in these pictures are quite amazing to me! The light was very poor, but the pictures still have range, sharpness and colour! If it can perform this well in dodgy light, then I am very excited to see what it can do in better light!

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By this time in my Lomowalk it had gotten considerably darker outside as the clouds had started to disappear and get replaced by a pitch black dark sky, and I’m sure the shutter almost took a second in some of these pics, but they still came out acceptably sharp and bright!

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This was the second night, where it had been snowing pretty much for 48h straight. Before this the ground was clear, not a snowflake in sight! I’ve never seen so much snow come so fast in my life (or maybe I have but then I forgot that), anyway it was crazy but it made for good pictures!

If a film can take well-exposed pictures here in my city in December after 3 PM, then it can do anything! Indoors after 3 PM:

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Look at the range! It’s so smooth but still sharp! I love it!

I think this film is definitely worth it, but if you find it really expensive, then save it for a dark indoors/outdoors moment because it clearly will not disappoint. I think it’s made specifically for portrait photography because of the smoothness and natural skin colour look it produces. But I imagine it can be used in all kinds of situations!

Kodak has since merged their VC and NC (Natural Colour) into a new kind of Portra, which is somewhere in between on the colour scale, which might mean that VC and NC drops in price, I’m not sure! But look it up and stock up and shoot up! And be happy!

The Kodak Portra 400 VC 35mm is a true professional`s choice. This portrait film yields great contrast and slamming colours, giving your shots a subtle x-pro look (without the x-pro)! See the whole range of colour negatives in our Shop.

written by lighttomysoul on 2012-01-05 #gear #35mm #review #kodak-portra #lomography #kodak #vivid-colour #kodak-portra-400vc #user-review #requested

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