Stay Natural with the Kodak Portra 160 NC


I came across the Kodak Portra 160 NC by accident but like most of the times, it can be called a lucky accident.

I came across the Kodak Portra 160 NC by accident but like most of the times, it can be called a lucky accident. As I borrowed a heavy Mamiya RZ67 from a coworker to test that out, he showed me how to load the magazine with his last Portra 160 NC. I have always been a fan of the VC and have a fridge filled with it but only because my lab just orders the VC by default and I never had to complain about this. So this was not only a new camera to me with its 3kg weight and manual metering. I also shot my first steps with it on a film I did not know and that is, to all that, a deadstock film.

I did not really care, I was excited to shoot with a professional TLR Camera and forgot about the film until I had to reload the Camera. And then I thought, well, if the pictures turn out as I imagined them and I get the same feeling as when shooting, everything was perfect.

A week later I picked up my negatives at the lab and headed home and I waited one more day, because I was scared a little. Maybe just because the fact, that I can handle the heavy and expensive professional camera. But the next morning I was too curious and scanned them before work.

The result blew my mind! I have always been a fan of popping colors and heavy contrasts but I shot most of the stuff in overcast condition and this film captured the soft, dimmed light on the objects perfectly. It is no hard light and no stingy colors, it is just a peaceful afternoon where the whole world is perfect.

I like the soft touch and the representation of the light. The scenes and ambiance and also the little bit of gold on my balcony.

The whole world seems to be under a soft fog to make the light not too hard and it all gets to you like eye candy.

After scanning I was convinced that I want to shoot that film more often and so I am on the hunt to stock up tons of the lovely soft Kodak Portra 160NC.

This is the perfect film for soft Portraits and dreamy still life photos. You can rely on its kindness. Don‘t take it for weakness!

written by maxwellmaxen on 2011-06-19 #gear #review #kodak-portra-160nc-film-review


  1. grazie
    grazie ·

    I love this film. It's my go to film for my SLR and I just ordered a bunch. The only thing is they stopped producing the NC and it's now just Kodak Portra 160. I still have to try that.

  2. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    my favourite film kodak portra !

  3. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Nice photos and a good review, but what is the white spot pattern on most of the images? I thought it was double exposure in the first image, but then it appears less obviously in some of the others. Is that the film, the processing or the scanning?

  4. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    thank you all!
    @simonh82 i guess it is either overexposing or wrong storage due to expired film and kept warm. i dont really know.
    it is on the negatives as well, so i think it came from the backing paper.

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