Kodak Portra is a professional level film admired for it’s high level of detail from a very fine grain, smooth, natural colours but still with a bit of punch and richness, open shadows without crushed blacks and for being hard to blow out highlights. All this makes for a beautifully high detailed, natural coloured, very wide dynamic range film. It is well and truly at home behind the Leica 28mm Elmarit.
As I’ve said before, particularly in this video, film captures the atmosphere so well, better than digital in my humble opinion. I love the Leica Elmarit 28mm as it lets me become part of the action, and being so wide works to help capture the atmosphere around me as well. That is why if you want to shoot colour, the Leica 28mm Elmarit with the Kodak Portra 160 really helps capture a sharp, dynamic image, and really bring the atmosphere of the scene into the shot as well.
Kodak Portra is based on motion picture film by Kodak. You can see something very close to it in action in the movie La La Land. Amazing colour, contrast, detail. Portra is available in 160 and 400 ISO. Both were revised in 2010 and 2011. Originally you could get variants in “NC – Natural Colour” and “VC – Vivid Colour” but with the 2010 and 2011 revisions these were discontinued into the smooth all rounders we have today.
Taken with the Leica Elmarit 28mm, here are a bunch of my samples with this film. They range from full daylight to some fairly trying lighting environments, calling to keep the shadows open and highlights not crushed.