Kodak Portra 800 35mm Colour Film
When you love the colours that the Portra emulsions provide but anticipate doing some low-light film photography, then ensure this 35mm film has a home in your camera bag! More sensitive, rated at ISO 800, but with the beautiful saturation and soft contrast consistent across the range, the Kodak Portra 800 is a late-night favourite.
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Kodak - properly known as Kodak Eastman - was founded in America in 1888 and dominated the "Western" world of photography for the next 100 years, constantly in fierce rivalry with the Japanese Fuji. Similarly to Fuji the advent of digital photography at the turn of the century caused significant financial problems. A late attempt to win in the compact market was hit by the rise of mobile photography and bankruptcy followed in 2012. Fortunately the photography business has survived under the Kodak Alaris name - based in Hertfordshire, England - and they have delighted the analogue industry by pledging continued support for film production and the promise of bringing back old favourite emulsions.
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This product is sometimes mis-spelled Porta.
Sample shots (c) Chris Clogg
Where we ship
When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Kodak Portra Film 35mm Colour ISO 800 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
I keep coming back to Portra 800 for low light and night photography. I mainly shoot with an Olympus Trip 35 or Pen EE2, which can't go above 400 ASA, so the film is therefore being overexposed. It handles this well, and I've never felt the need to ask for push pull processing.
I love the very rich colours and shooting at night it laps up any strong light in the scene. Examples attached to this review.
This film was great for use on a rainy April day in Pripyat. Although I thought I would prefer to take most of my photos in Chernobyl in black and white, Portra 800 turned out to be a great choice to capture the pops of colour perfectly. Really glad I brought it with me on my trip!
I love this film, truly. I think its main purpose may have been for taking portraits in natural light, but I love to take it for walks around the city at night when all the night lights are on and the streets are filled with people (I find iso800 is just about fast enough for cities with lots of light, with a fast lens). The colours though....at ISO 800 I have no idea how they can look so beautiful! I did push this to ISO1600 as an experiment one time and the colours were still just as beautiful! (Pushing to 1600 increases the contrast very nicely (just a little bit) and you still have absolutely stunning photos and colours).
I use Portra 400 more in total because I do a lot of day time photos, but I feel so happy when I get to take the Portra 800 out for an evening walk or a portrait session.
Having read positive reviews of Portra 800 I decided to give it a try. I was impressed with the results. Yes, there is visible grain but it is not unpleasant and I love the subdued tones. Having previously used Ektar I found the more restrained tones of Portra very acceptable. I would recommend the Portra range. It is a bit pricey but the results have convinced me that it is worth it.
I absolutely love this film. It is ideal for shooting indoor, outdoor and in lower lighting conditions, it even handles well in daylight too!
I fully believe it is worth the price tag, I personally prefer to shoot this rather than pushing Portra 400 an extra stop.
I’d maybe recommended not travelling with this film though, I shot some in America recently and some of it got fried by x-ray scanners.
I’ll be leaving reviews throughout the website with pictures for full frame scans, so if you’re like me who loves to see the entire image and border, you can see what the results will be like.