Kodak Pro Image 100 35mm Colour Film
Kodak Pro Image 100 is a classic emulsion that has been around since 1997 but only ever in South America and Asia. But now it finally comes to Europe and North America! The most affordable 35mm within the Pro range, this film delivers great colours and is forgiving on underexposure. Most importantly, though, Kodak Pro Image 100 35mm film is particularly resistant to heat and humidity, which makes it the perfect film to take on adventurous trips. It is also sometimes known as Kodak Prolmage 100.
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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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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 Pro Image 100 Film 35mm Colour ISO 100 5-pack today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
This was my second roll of film in about 20 years having previously shot a roll of Kodak colorplus 200 which was out of stock and this was on offer. I'm a bit undecided about this film stock to be honest the results from this rolls aren't as pleasing to me as the colorplus but that could be down to the light conditions I shot in.
In terms of pricing, Kodak Pro Image 100 seems to occupy a position between the consumer Kodak films (ColorPlus, Gold) and the Professional line (Portra, Ektar etc.). From my experience, I'd say that the performance lies between these two categories as well.
The colours are nicely saturated, but arguably lack the delicate tonal rendition of higher grade films; to my eye, it seems more on the consumer end of the spectrum in this sense. It does have the pleasing warmth of Gold, and so fits well into the "summer holiday" aesthetic, if that's what you're going for.
In terms of grain, I find it to be on the heavier/more noticeable side for a 100 speed film. Perhaps my perspective has been warped by the remarkable performance of Ektar, but I was surprised to see how evident the grain was at this ISO. Again, this may fit in very well if you're aiming for that particular look, but it may limit the general purpose usefulness of the film. I'd say that it's a bit too intrusive for landscapes, as it obscures some of the fine detail at large reproductions; Ektar presents a far better colour negative option for this purpose, at the same speed.
The latitude seems less broad that its more pricey counterparts as well. I don't know whether it didn't benefit from the technological advances translated from the Vision3 cine films that so improved Portra, but it certainly feels that way. I found that I more readily lost highlight detail than I would using Portra 160, and so again it seems closer to Gold in this sense.
I've seen it reported that the film is very robust, being able to tolerate higher temperatures for longer than other films. I didn't subject my rolls to such conditions, so I can't really comment on this, but it may present an advantage for travel if this is the case.
I'm certainly not against any of the particular aspects described above; I think that the Gold aesthetic is wonderful for certain uses, and gives a very nostalgic feeling to images. However, I fear that Pro Image 100 loses out by falling in between the two price brackets. There seems to be a bigger step up in quality from this to Portra, than from Gold to this. If absolute quality is the aim, then there are certainly better choices for a bit more money. However, if you want the nostalgic Gold look, why not just shoot Gold?
It is called Pro image but the question is, is it?
It is very good the colours reproduce well the grain is not bad the greens and yellows are fantastic. For the price it is a better film for me over say like Kodak Gold 200. But not quite in the same league as Portra or Ektar but still very good.
This film was lovely, lots of great images and pleasantly surprised. Bought this as a spare roll but will definitely be using again.
Need to shoot some more of this but I'm not sure what to make of it after my test roll. In some situations/exposures it ends up really warm, to the point where the classic Kodak yellow/orange tint takes away from the clarity of the shot, and in others the blacks on this are really intense and can make darker blues look a bit strange. It doesn't seem particularly sharp on my test roll, even with my Nikkor-S 50mm 1.4 which can normally cut sheet metal. However there is also a 'goldilocks zone' where this film really excells.
I think the bottom line is it prefers to be slightly overexposed, but never when facing harsh light.
So what to make of it? It deserves to be given more of a chance, but for now I've pigeonholed it as less versatile/more expensive/easier to get hold of than ColorPlus(my yardstick against which all other film is measured), BUT can give results similar to Portra for much less money in certain situations.