Natural Tone, Natural Feel: Kodak Portra 160 NC 35mm


Besides crazy cross processing and eyes-catching color lomographs, we need lite taste sometimes. Kodak Portra 160 NC is a famous choice between professional photographers for many years. It’s honest to the colors in the reality and shows what you see in your eyes. 160VC is a lovely natural choice.

In the past few years, Kodak reorganize the film product line. Professional Color Negative series Portra does not divide into VC or NC anymore for ISO 160 and 400. The new Portra looks too vivid when you need nature photos. I love the division of VC and NC more than the new Portra. I can freely choose the one that suits what I want on different situation.

OK. I talked too much about the background of Portra series. Let’s move to the important part, the features and performance.

Portra 160 VC have quite fine grain between films with ISO 160. You can choose to keep ISO as 160 or down to 100, depends on your camera. For natural color tone, look at the lomographs:

At daytime, Portra 160 NC gives honest color tone that what your eyes look like. In this situation, I can see the optical performance of my camera lens easily. The vintage effect of my LC-A+ RL and the funny fisheye-like LC-A+ Wide Angle Lens can be shown much clearer.

After sunset, you can have more fun with Portra 160 NC. Multiple eXposure works well on 160 NC. Keeps close to the true color, keep natural feeling about color. Have a good use of its exposure tolerance, you can have longer shutter opening time, let the film ‘absorb’ more light from the environment, or easily do MX without caring about over-exposure.

It’s going to be harder and harder to find Portra with VC or NC as all these were replaced and discontinued. Just get it and try it quick!

The Kodak Portra 160 NC 35mm offers everything a professional portrait photographer could ask for. Fine grain, smooth skin tones, natural colours, this film has it all. See the whole range of colour negatives in our Shop.

written by cwyeung on 2012-02-09 #gear #expired #review #portra #kodak #135 #lc-a

One Comment

  1. arifrodriguez
    arifrodriguez ·

    really need my hands on this film.portra quest is gonna be hard

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