Kodak Portra 400 - Film Review

Rating
5.0 rating
User Ratings
4.5 rating
Type
C-41 Negative
Brand
ISO
400
Format
35mm, 120, 4x5, 8x10
Price
$$$
Saturation
+++++
Latitude
+++++
Grain
+++++

Portra 400 is one of the most popular color negative films there is—and for good reason. Its easily one of the most versatile and forgiving films and on top of that, it produces beautiful results.  400 iso is a great in-between – its great our outdoor shooting as well as shooting in lower light and for being a 400 iso film it has very fine grain that’s barely noticeable when exposed properly.  Portra has incredible exposure latitude meaning it does well with over exposure and it also pushes well.  It’s has medium contrast and is known for its warn tones which make it ideal for portraiture.

 

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4.5
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4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)
Excellent63%
Very good25%
Average12%
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Problem...

3.0 rating
March 29, 2020

How do I fix undeveloped film if I spilled foundation and leaked onto negatives? I am unsure if the foundation leaked into the roll itself, in the camera.

amelia

Definitively one of the most versatile and forgiving color films presently available

5.0 rating
February 1, 2020

I mostly shoot this film in 120 rolls and almost always at half speed (ISO 200) and develop it at 400 with great results. Usually I expose for the shadows and this way it gives me the best shadow details preserving the highlights.
Love it for daylight and night photography. and in both situations is very forgiving.
It produces decent colors including skin tones.

pedroperez.photo

Great skin tones- but the cost not so much.

5.0 rating
January 31, 2020

Fantastic film that loved being shot over exposed by a stop or two. The skin tones are fantastic. With the recent price increase- I tend to use this film sparingly now.

Paul Petch

Excellent Quality - Tough Price

4.0 rating
November 15, 2019

I’ve used P400 in 35mm as well as medium format, and the grain size, light response, and the colors are incredible. My only reservation is the cost. It’s quite expensive when you’re shooting a lot and can be difficult to swallow the cost when it’s 2x as much as some others. Unmatched quality, unmatched price.

Jordan

Dependable

4.0 rating
September 27, 2019

Very even and consistent film that will constantly meet your expectations. Picks up subtleties well and doesn’t blow them away with other overly vibrant colors. Smooth. You likely wont be surprised with the pictures produced. Level tones. Moderate price – typically available from film providers. Shoot pretty much anything with it.

tyler belcher

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5.0 rating
September 27, 2019

Portra 400 is very forgivable film and I also push to 800 for sports photography. 400 is vibrant film that I ever had. Very satisfied of this film

Sergio Bolaños

Consistently Great

5.0 rating
September 19, 2019

In my humble opinion this is probably one of the greatest films produced. It’s not cheap but we’ll worth the price. It is the truest to life in terms of color and skin tones. It has great latitude as well, making it great for pushing and pulling. It’s hard to shoot a bad frame with this film.

David Orr

My all around favorite film.

5.0 rating
August 15, 2019

If I had to pick only one color film to shoot for the rest of my life it would be Portra 400. It has fine grain, amazing exposure latitude, beautiful color, nice warm tones, and is very versatile!

Trev