As a film photographer myself, one of the biggest struggles when going out to shoot is deciding on the right film. Considerations of film speed and color rendering are two of the most important and these are two that differ considerably between Portra and Ektar.
In this video, Film Supply Club takes us through a head to head comparison of two of the most popular films of the day: Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Ektar. Both of these films are available in 35mm, 120, as well as in large format (4x5 and 8x10 both), which makes them both desirable options.
From my experience, when you're out on a really sunny day and a 100 ASA film would still work well, all considerations come down to color rendering. For those unfamiliar, the differences between Portra 400 and Ektar are most extreme when it comes to color saturation and rendering, so this is an important consideration. Beyond saturation and color rendering, Ektar is considerably cheaper than Portra 400. Truthfully, I'm not sure why, as I much prefer Ektar if I don't need the speed of Portra; perhaps it is because Portra is so much more popular that Kodak can get away with charging more.
Do you have experience with both of these films? What were your thoughts? If you preferred Portra 400, did you find the additional cost worth it?
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