Never felt the ‘Portra’s magic’ prior to trying Portra 160. And a 160 ISO film will obviously bring about low grain tabulation where photographs are often times confused to be taken by a digital camera, in a good way. Images do retain enough to bring about warmth to its audience. The amount of detail being recorded into every 35 mm is certainly Portra 160’s greatest strength. Saturation is fairly low where one colour wouldn’t stand out too much from another. I am more at ease working with this than say a 100 speed film as that extra half a stop provides a greater safety net when needed.
Shot on Canon AE1-P paired to a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
Little to no grain
Narrower exposure latitude
First thing you’ll ask is where’s the grain as they are almost non-existent. Landscape images carry incredible detail while portraitures are seriously crisp. Unlike many 35mm film, a healthy dose of light is required to produce photographs with that added something, the Portra 160 doesn’t.
Downside? Metering has to be done quite accurately as this Portra family member can transition into over exposure quite easily resulting in blown highlights which happens more often than expected.
For that there is almost no professional grade contender at this speed, it is currently one of my favourite film stock.
Shot on Canon 500N paired to a Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS