This film is truly special because, not just because of how it looks during the day, but how you can be so creative with it in challenging or natural light. Kodak Pro Image 100 is a Professional 100 ISO colour film. Initially only available in the Asian market with a look similar to some Fuji film stocks, it is now available elsewhere in the world like the USA, Europe and Australia with it’s own unique look. This 100iso fine grain film is daylight balanced, but because it allows you so much creativity in natural and challenging light, is as special as it is versatile.
I have often thought that Fuji films tend to have a certain cool look to them, and Kodak has a slightly warm look. Pro 100 seems to be spot on when properly exposed, and has a very true while and very true, rich but not overly saturated colours.
The detail is certainly there in the highlights and in the shadows. This film is both detailed and sharp, with a fine grain. It is great for scanning. This film has more dynamic range than digital sensors in my view.
So, Ok, we’ve established that Kodak Pro 100 has a fine grain, sharp rendering with strong details, true to life colours when shot in daylight, and keeps the shadows open with plenty of information and prevents the highlights from peaking.
What is very special about Kodak Pro 100 film?
As the film is chemically engineered to keep the shadows open and detailed, if you under expose the detail is still there. So after dark, you can expose for the highlights, eg, lights at night, and get some images that are truely special. These types of images are hard to get on other films.
Grain is on a par, if not better than Kodak Portra 160 or 400. I always try and shoot slower speeds for the lack of grain as I like clean images. Fine grain tends to mean more detail, and with it more potential clarity. Larger grain tends to produce sharper images to a point, as the edges around objects in your frame look crisper.
Let’s talk about this film for portraits. Well, on the box, there is a wedding photo. Clearly the film is marketed to pros taking photos of people. For me, everything about this film looks natural. I took this photo in a cafe with natural light coming in from the window. Skin colours are right. Eye colour (often overlooked) is right, hair is right and detailed.
Kodak Pro 100 is a bit cheaper than Kodak Portra 160 film. And to be honest, I prefer it. This film seems versatile, it is forgiving, and lets me be creative in ways I haven’t found I have been able to on other films. It is a great film for scanning, and being C41, it is still easy to have developed.