While surfing the internet, as I often am, I found a roll of “Kodak PPN 160” in 120 and figured I’d try it out. From the results, it appears to be Kodak Portra 160NC, and it produced great results.
It appears the PPN was just Kodak Portra 160NC from about 2004 or so and was meant to be sold on Asian markets, so I have no idea how I ended up finding it from someone in Canada. Since it’s basically Portra 160NC, I’ll just refer to it as such for the rest of the review. Kodak Portra 160NC is a wonderful film for portrait, nature photography/landscapes, and any kind of photography where you want strong neutral colors (hence the NC).
Sadly, Kodak discontinued the NC/VC versions of both their 160 and 400 speeds, and replaced them with just a standard Portra, so there is still some of the NC/VC floating about. Photos with NC tend to not be as saturated, compared to most color negative films, and are made for being shot in daylight, but I don’t think that would stop any of you from shooting it indoors or with a flash (I know it wouldn’t stop me).
Great rendering of colors and fine grain make Portra 160NC a great choice for professionals and amateurs alike, and I have to say that I love it. This roll was shot with my Holga 120 FN and the close up and macro lenses in my father’s garden.
Get some before it’s all gone!