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    Why Did Kodak Ruin Portra 400NC?

    I got my negs and prints back the other day, and was disappointed to see the results with the new Portra 400. The colors were like those of all the other "vivid" films I avoid: overly saturated, unnatural, neon-ish. At the Kodak Web site, I saw the color scale--which shows that it is about halfway between Ektar and Portra 400NC. Do I have any natural-looking alternative in 400 speed 35mm film?

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    I haven't shot the new Portra since I still have some of the old NC, but the impression I'm getting is that the best results might happen if scanned and desaturated!

    Is the 160 Portra equally saturated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Is the 160 Portra equally saturated?
    The new Portra 160 is still gorgeously neutral.

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    Wonderful news; thanks!

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    Depending on how it is you're evaluating the results (minilab scans?), I am certain you are not seeing it's true colors as it is far from overly saturated and neon-ish. It also has ultra wide latitude.

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    I use a professional lab--the same lab I have used with 400NC--and the results with 400NC were nice and natural.

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    I've printed a few rolls of 400 on a minilab and they've been far from vivid.

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    A professional lab that optically printed it or did they minilab (Frontier, Noritsu, etc.) scan it then print it? If you got a CD with your print then it is most likely a minilab scan and print.

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    Then your problem was caused by an Operator Assisted Failure* during scanning at the professional lab. Go back to them and complain.








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    I haven't found the new 400 to be particularly vivid. I get the negs developed at a pro lab and then print myself.
    Steve.

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