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    New Versions:Kodak Professional Portra 400NC and 400VC films

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    NEWSLINE: Professional Markets Monday, January 07, 2008

    Kodak introduces improved versions of Kodak Professional Portra 400-speed color negative films

    Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester , N.Y. , is offering improved versions of its Kodak Professional Portra 400NC and 400VC films. The enhancements build on the introduction of improved Portra films in 2006. The finer grain of the Portra 400NC and 400VC films, combined with the spectacular skin tone of the entire portfolio, enable professional photographers to create striking photographs, says Kodak. The technology innovations also result in better scanning, the company adds. The new Kodak Professional Portra films will be available worldwide on a stock-turnover basis beginning in the first quarter of this year.
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    Their website also shows the update:
    http://kodak.com/global/en/professio.../400main.jhtml

    "Even finer grain." My my!

    There is a Q&A about why they keep updating the film, it's a good read:
    http://kodak.com/global/plugins/acro....22.5.14&lc=en
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    Very good news indeed, although it seems as if we need a "scorecard" to keep track of all the Portra revisions!

    Nonetheless, I'm happy anytime there is a new or improved film being introduced. Much better than the opposite kind of news.

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    The edge markings should be help enough for now:

    Original Portra: 160NC, 160VC, 400NC, 400VC, 800
    1st Update: 160NC-2, 160VC-2, 400NC-2, 400VC-2, 800-2
    2nd Update: 400NC-3, 400VC-3

    What I find really interesting is that the ISO 400 is the first one to get the bump. I'm not surprised because it's such a beautiful film for all situations, with nonexistent grain, that I can't even see the difference from the 160 at 11x14 printed on RA-4.
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    This is great news.
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    I thought it was pretty impressive in the "old and unimproved" formulation.

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    Wow, seriously surprised and very stoked we got an upgrade so quick. 400VC is my staple, and I'm sure glad they improved it again so fast rather than waiting. When I'm busy I can do 50-70 rolls a month, and the newer version was a great improvement over my previous film, 400UC. So, when is the 'No Grain' version going to be released?

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    As I said before, Kodak has a dedicated team to both B&W and color film improvement. Since the teams are smaller, the improvements come along more slowly but it is taking place.

    PE

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingWaves View Post
    Wow, seriously surprised and very stoked we got an upgrade so quick. 400VC is my staple, and I'm sure glad they improved it again so fast rather than waiting. When I'm busy I can do 50-70 rolls a month, and the newer version was a great improvement over my previous film, 400UC. So, when is the 'No Grain' version going to be released?
    If you re-read the OP and check out K's site - they have already been released - but availability is subject to vendor stock out of the "older" version.


    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    As I said before, Kodak has a dedicated team to both B&W and color film improvement. Since the teams are smaller, the improvements come along more slowly but it is taking place.

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    Ron,

    You're being modest for your former colleagues. To come out with a new version of 400 NC/VC just one year after that last "new" version is "fast" not slow!

    And I suspect, you know that!

    I do hope that the film folk at K come to visit this site soon - perhaps in a "controlled" format so we can ask some serious questions without a lot of negativity.

    Now, I wonder what they have in store for 160 and 800?

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    George;

    When I was still there, they would have had maybe 9 teams. Ones on 160NC, 160VC, 160UC, 400NC, 400VC, 400UC and so on. You get the picture. Then they would all have been released at one time! So, to me the pace is slower.

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