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Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135 USA

You Pay: $6.99
Product Highlights
  • Sharp Imaging and Fine Grain
  • Smooth, Natural Colors / Skin Tones
  • Enhanced Scanning Performance
  • KODAK VISION Film Technology
  • T-Grain Technology: Great Reproduction
  • Advanced Development Accelerators
  • Great for Portraits, Fashion, Commercial

The Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135 is a color negative film great for portraits, fashion and commercial shoots. The film delivers superb performance both on-location and in a studio setting. Advanced emulsion technology provides sharp imaging, beautiful neutral skin tones and a finer grain than ever, making for excellent scanned color reproductions. Get great shots with this film, even in challenging light. Targeted Advanced Development Accelerators speed up the film development process. The film will yield 36 exposures.

Entertainment Imaging's KODAK VISION Film Technology provides improved grain that is ideal for scanning.
Kodak's Advanced Cubic Emulsions offer superior enlargement capability from a 35mm negative; this technology and Kodak's proprietary DIR Couplers work together to optimize image sharpness and provide distinct edges and fine detail.
Micro-Structure Optimized T-Grain Emulsions deliver finer grain than ever before; Optimized Emulsion Spectral Sensitivity and Image Modifier Chemistry produce beautiful neutral skin tones; all three features work together to create high-quality color reproductions.
Kodak's proprietary Targeted Advanced Development Accelerators speed up the film development process.
The film will yield 36 exposures.
Type 135 mm color negative film
Application Candid / posed portraits, fashion, commercial, indoor / outdoor, studio / location
Speed Daylight or Electronic Flash: ISO 160
Photo lamp (3400 K): 50
Tungsten (3200 K): 40
Shutter Speed For average front-lit subjects from 2 hours after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset:
Bright / hazy sun on light sand / snow: 1/125s
Bright / hazy sun (distinct shadows): 1/125s
Weak, hazy sun (soft shadows): 1/125s
Cloudy bright (no shadows): 1/125s
Heavy overcast / open shade: 1/125s
Lens Opening For average front-lit subjects from 2 hours after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset:
Bright / hazy sun on light sand / snow: f/16
Bright / hazy sun (distinct shadows): f/11 - use f/5.6 for backlit close-up subjects
Weak, hazy sun (soft shadows): f/8
Cloudy bright (no shadows): f/5.6
Heavy overcast / open shade: f/4
Filters Type of fluorescent lamp: Color compensation filter / exposure adjustment
Daylight: 20R + 5M / +1 stop
White: 40B + 5C / + 1 2/3 stop
Warm White: 40B + 40C / +2 stops
Warm White Deluxe: 40B + 50C / +2 stops
Cool White: 30B / +1 stop
Cool White Deluxe: 40C + 10M / +1 stop
Exposure times: 1/60s or longer

Type of High-Intensity Discharge lamp: Color compensation filter / exposure adjustment
High-Pressure Sodium Vapor: 50B + 70C / + 2 2/3 stops
Metal Halide: 5C + 10M / + 2/3 stop
Mercury Vapor with Phosphor: 30B + 5C / + 1 stop
Mercury Vapor without Phosphor: 80R / + 1 2/3 stop
Exposure times: 1/125s or longer
Storage Film:
Maximum Temperature: 70° F (21° C)
Optimal Temperature: 55°F (13° C)
Negatives:
Temperature: 35-55 °F (2-13° C)
Humidity: 30-35%
Process C - 41
Printing Optimized for KODAK PROFESSIONAL SUPRA ENDURA VC Digital and ULTRAENDURA High Definition Papers
Scanning Various linear-array-CCD, area-array-CCD, and PMT film scanners
Number of Exposures 36 exposures

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KodakPortra 160 Color Film / 135
 
4.8

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tonal range (32)
  • Consistent (30)
  • Reliable (27)
  • Accurate (26)
  • Reproduces well (22)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (32)
    • Travel (31)
    • Artwork (17)
    • Photojournalism (17)
    • Home (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (16), Professional (14), Enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (10), Photo enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (74)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A superlative product!

    Although I haven't yet had a chance to get this particular roll of Portra 160 Color film developed, I know from past experience that it is a superlative product.

    This is why...Read complete review

    Although I haven't yet had a chance to get this particular roll of Portra 160 Color film developed, I know from past experience that it is a superlative product.

    This is why I purchased it from B&H. And if I quite intentionally purchased it from B&H, it's because I have every faith that B&H doesn't sell shoddy or outdated products of ANY kind!

    Russell

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Digital Printing Only Review

    I have not tried darkroom printing this film in years, so if you are using "wet" printing, ignore this review!

    Setup:
    Chemistry; Tetnal...Read complete review

    I have not tried darkroom printing this film in years, so if you are using "wet" printing, ignore this review!

    Setup:
    Chemistry; Tetnal "C-41" kit, fanatically prepared
    and executed.
    Scanner; Nikon LS-2000, LS-8000
    Scan Software; VueScan on amd64 Linux platform
    Cropping, color balance, in VueScan, max resolution,
    double-scan to uncompressed tiff files.
    Final Editing; Gimp and CinePaint (Gimp truncates
    color to bits/plane, CinePaint (old Gimp turned
    16bits/channel)
    Printer Driver; Gutenprint 2.5.7
    Printer; Epson 1900
    Printer Calibration; Using a Synthetic iT8/7
    calibrated to within 0.02OD
    Densitometry: Macbeth RD-219, Confirmed on Macbeth
    RD-400, both calibrated all the way to Dmax=2.5++

    Observations:
    * It is trivial to achieve beautiful skintone on a
    flat screen display, but printing (which is capable
    of Dmax-2.9 and better) produces results that remind
    me of sloppy C-22 internegative from a lousy E-3
    Extachrome slide.
    * Color is dead, greyish, and prone to red-cyan and
    magenta-green crossover.
    * Skintone is very finiky; if corrected so than person
    A is lookin g healthy, person B will look as if
    coming from a morgue drawer. Correct for person B,
    and person A looks roasted.
    * Tone down contrast and/or saturation, even very
    slightly will throw the whole image flat.
    * If sensitometric curve is bent to brighten shadows,
    the entire elbow region goes brownish red.
    * Greens are difficult to tune but once they are in
    dead-heat, they are beautiful.
    * Golds and Oranges are beautiful.
    * Reds are easy too (the 1900 has dedicated Orange and
    Red inks)

    Overall, the film really hates to be printed digitally.
    I have seen results from "wet" printing and they look very good (either optically/analog, or scanned onto Kodak or Fuji paper).

    As a comparison, I shot parallel rolls on Portra 160 and
    on Vision2 and Vision3, processed in ECN-2, or even in the same Tetnal "C-41" and the results are outstandingly
    better with the Vision films (I tried 250D, 500T, both in V2 and in V3, and they all are beautiful in my hybrid setup. Portra 160 is definitely not in the same league.
    Not even close.

    Speculation: It seems that the Vision films are really designed for RGB scanning/printing. Perhaps the Portra 160 is tuned for the old analog process?
    Note: I never tried the Vision films in a traditional darkroom.

    Disclaimer: This report is based on very limited data and very incomplete test procedures. It is entirely possible that I simply lack the knowledge/experience/talent needed for the hybrid setup to produce acceptable results in my hybrid workflow.

    I will entertain non-flaming, polite, constructive feedback, but my days of flaming wars are long gone :-)

    Reviewed by 83 customers

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    5.0

    Fine grain, great skin tone

    By LightandGrain

    from Florida

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tonal Range
    • Scans Well
    • Widely Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraiture
      • Travel

      Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

      Great skin tones, fine grain and great latitude. A great film.

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      5.0

      excellent product

      By bill

      from kentucky

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tonal Range
      • Reproduces Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

          Kodak has always made good products and as long as I shoot film I will always put out the effort to find their products.

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          • No

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          5.0

          worth the money

          By Chels

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Consistent
          • Good Tonal Range
          • Reproduces Well
          • Scans Well
          • Widely Compatible

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Action Shots
            • Artwork
            • Home
            • Office
            • Photojournalism
            • Sports Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

            Portra is always the best. Definitely worth the money.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Portra quality

            By Patou

            from Quebec,Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent
            • Good Tonal Range
            • Reproduces Well
            • Scans Well
            • Widely Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Action Shots
              • Artwork
              • Home
              • Office
              • Travel

              Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

              Lovely film, beautiful skin colors.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice for General Use

              By Mike the Fisher

              from Land of Big Dreams

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Consistent
              • Good Tonal Range
              • Reproduces Well
              • Scans Well
              • Widely Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                I use this for general outdoor photography. Its says its a portrait film, but I like it for everything form landscapes to action.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Best film ever

                By Lauren

                from Troy, AL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                      Versatile and beautiful colors. Love it!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Amazing skin tones

                      By Paul James

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tonal Range
                      • Reproduces Well
                      • Scans Well

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                        I'm generally a 400 ASA film shooter but you can't beat the skin tones of Portra 160. Also, it has a smooth, fine grain that scans really well. Portra is pretty much the only color film I use these days. It's so sharp and consistent.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Fast Arrival Great quality

                        By Val

                        from Baltimore,MD

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Photojournalism

                            Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                            This film is perfect for anyone who wants a good quality portrait to be done.

                            My delivery was on time. This is a great place to get photo stuff from !

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Best color film ever

                            By Jason Yang

                            from New York

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tonal Range
                            • Reproduces Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                I have tried a lot color and bw films before. This is the best with very small grain and fantastic color.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Color film

                                By Film Kate

                                from Fords, NJ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tonal Range
                                • Reproduces Well
                                • Scans Well

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                  I continue to exhibit my images in shows & juried competitions.
                                  I continue to shoot film as I love the look of it, even if it's scanned & printed digitally...you can still see the difference.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great under any light

                                  By Heather

                                  from maine

                                  Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                  The beat all around film for outstanding portraits.

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                                  4.0

                                  Must have for Portraits

                                  By GodFather

                                  from Calhoun,Ga

                                  Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                  Just sweet!! Will be ordering more!

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great quality film

                                  By satmary

                                  from Southern California

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tonal Range

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photojournalism
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                    Great for portraits, makes skin tones look amazing!

                                    I even love the way it looks with the ocean, though it's usually not recommended to use with landscapes, it can achieve nice neutral effects.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent color

                                    By Gary

                                    from Saint John, NB, Canada

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate
                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Tonal Range
                                    • Reproduces Well

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photojournalism
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                      Probably my favorite color film. Always rich and bold. Especially good in daylight. Natural tones, very true to life. I always use this when I go on trips. Perfect for travel photography.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great!

                                      By Matt in NYC

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate
                                      • Consistent
                                      • Good Tonal Range
                                      • Reproduces Well
                                      • Scans Well
                                      • Widely Compatible

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Street Photography
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                        Love the colors in this film. Very good for outdoors in bright light. Really have to push it indoors, but that's expected at 160. Renders skin tones wonderfully, so great for portraiture. You won't be disappointed!

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                                        5.0

                                        Superb film!

                                        By Armando

                                        from CA, USA

                                        Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                        Disappointed with the Portra 800, I decided to give the 160 a try. So glad I did! This film is definitely NOT for landscape photography. Perhaps nature photography, but i only have photos of my dogs to back that up. It does, however, render skin beautifully AND accurately when plenty of light is available. The film performs better when it's overexposed by a stop. Underexposed, and you won't be impressed with the results. Because it is C-41, i was able to process this film at my local drug store that has 1-hour photo processing, which was very convenient.
                                        B&H never fails to surprise me with their amazing services, and shipping is incredibly fast.

                                        Pros: Very, very sharp; little to no grain; amazing tones; accurate; 36 exposures; c-41 processing!!!!
                                        Cons: NOT great film for landscapes; very slow asa/iso; not very forgiving if you're off by two stops

                                        I will definitely be buying more!!!!

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Results

                                        By PhoenXman

                                        from Riverside, CA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Consistent
                                        • Good Tonal Range
                                        • Scans Well
                                        • Widely Compatible

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artwork
                                          • Photojournalism

                                          Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                          I used the product for portraiture and I got the results I wanted. My images had a low-medim contrast, and a good saturation of color without being too overbearing. I liked the fine grain though it was more pronounced in the dark ranges than I would have liked. Still a great film to work with!

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                                          5.0

                                          love the skin color

                                          By lhalcong

                                          from Miami, FL

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Tonal Range

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                              Love this film. Skin colors are outstanding. If detail and resolution was close to digital, I would choose this film over the colors on digital.

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                                              5.0

                                              Best skin tones of the latest films

                                              By pounce

                                              from Virginia

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Good Tonal Range
                                              • Reproduces Well
                                              • Scans Well

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Portrait

                                                Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                                This film offers the best skin tones for portrait type photography. I haven't used another brand for this purpose, but why fix it...it ain't broke! I have seen images from other photographers with similar other brand films..and I am not impressed enough for change.

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                                                4.0

                                                Speed sacrificed for silky smoothness

                                                By Miles

                                                from Central Pennsylvania

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Consistent
                                                • Good Tonal Range

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Home
                                                  • Office
                                                  • Photojournalism
                                                  • Travel

                                                  Comments about Kodak Portra 160 Color Film / 135:

                                                  A film perfect for PORTRAture in it's utterly smooth grain coupled with beautifully, iconically washed out colour and safe name behind it. Of course, it isn't the fastest, so that is to be accounted for, but in hard light it can do wonders. More in depth research is recommended.

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