The 7 Best Kodak 35mm and 120 Film Stocks 2022: Hands On Review

The team pulled together their hungriest film photographers to shoot for a weekend with Kodak’s best film stocks. Amount the 7, which one do you like the most?

The 7 Best Kodak 35mm and 120 Film Stocks 2022: A Hands On Review


Take that, now wind it back. We now sell film cameras, stocks, and meters. Everything you need to start shooting film, from the brands you love. And if you’re new to film — even better! We’ve got all you need to keep you covered, including online lessons from the creatives you follow. We’re stoked on this one. Shop now, stay awhile.

Of course, with this latest addition to our repertoire, the team pulled together their hungriest film photographers to shoot for a weekend with Kodak’s best film stocks. Below are our images from that shoot (and beyond) to show you which of these are our favorites to work with.

Disposable? No problem.

Medium Format is a beast.

Shot on Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

To Know:

When loading Kodak Professional Portra 160, you know that it’s a color negative film; meaning, it should have a decent amount of versatility within various lighting conditions. You’ll have lots of detail shine through highlights and even a fair amount from the shadows, since it’s not quite contrast as others on this list. It does spectacular with skin undertones. Those with green undertones are bound to look neutral, while folks with a more red undertone will look more natural.

What We Love:

Colorful Shadows

There’s something special about Kodak Portra 160’s shadow colorization; red hues and gorgeous undertones.

Great In Harsh Light

The lower ISO count makes it perfect for harsh, versatile light.

Clean Skin Tones

“Portra” is short for portraits, making clean, proper skin tones always take priority with Kodak.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers needing a colorful alternative to brighter lighting conditions than the Portra 400 or 800.

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Kodak

Professional Portra 160 Color Negative 35mm Film - 5 Rolls

Treat your film camera! The Kodak Portra 160 35mm film features a significantly finer grain structure, exceptionally smooth, and natural skin tone reproduction

Buy for $75.99
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Kodak

Professional Portra 160 Color Negative 120 Film - 5 Rolls

Treat your film camera! The Kodak Portra 160 120 film features a significantly finer grain structure, exceptionally smooth, and natural skin tone reproduction

Buy for $59.99

Shot on Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

Shot on Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

Shot on Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

Shot on Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

To Know:

Many photographers rely on Kodak Professional Portra 400 as their main go-to stock for its highly reliable, always-excellent image quality in a range of conditions. It provides a general warmness alongside more muted colours that brings it so many fans. With its sunny feel and colours and contrast that enhance a scene without making it unrealistic, Portra seems to deliver exactly what you envision. Truly impeccable skin tone results, very true-to-life and smoothly rich.

What We Love:

True To Color Tones

Skin tones are real-to-life and blend lovely within the picture.

Most Popular

It’s everyone’s favorite go-to for a reason. It’s easy to handle just about any scene.

Dynamic Range

Crisp detail can be seen among every image.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers looking for a natural, warm film stock to capture any scene without a plan.

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Kodak

Professional Portra 400 Color Negative 35mm Film - 5 Rolls

Looking for the go-to choice of pro film shooters? The 5 pack of Kodak Portra 35mm film at true ISO 400 delivers spectacular skin tones and color saturation

Buy for $79.99
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Kodak

Professional Portra 400 Color Negative 120 Film - 5 Rolls

Looking for a film with great skin tones, exceptional color saturation? At true ISO 400 speed, Kodak Portra 120 delivers in a wide range of lighting conditions

Buy for $64.95

Shot on Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

To Know:

Kodak’s Professional Portra 800 film stock is reminiscent of Portra 400, only more grainy with added contrast. It has extraordinarily warm tones, very good exposure balance, and while its grain is more noticeable it’s still very pleasant looking and adds an extra taste of texture. The high ISO makes photography ideal for lower light shooting, perfect for reception dinners, moody portraits, and blue hour landscapes.



What We Love:

Beautiful Grain

The added grain is aesthetically pleasing and gives a natural texture.

Low Light Compatible

This is one of the fewer film stocks on the market that can actually handle low light conditions.

True To Color Tones

Skin tones are real-to-life and blend lovely within the picture.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers looking to create with Portra 400’s color profile, but with a higher ISO for low light compatibility.

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Kodak

Professional Portra Color Negative 800 35mm Film

You want all the advantages of a high-speed film along with finer grain, higher sharpness, natural skin tones? Kodak Professional Portra 800 35mm film delivers!

Buy for $16.95
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Kodak

Professional Portra 800 Color Negative 120 Film - 5 Rolls

In need of a high-speed film with finer grain, higher sharpness, and more natural skin tones? Kodak Professional Portra 800 120 film delivers in a 5 pack!

Buy for $74.99

Shot on TriX 400 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on TriX 400 by Janelle Hougland.

Shot on TriX 400 by Janelle Hougland.

To Know:

An uber sharp and super contrasty black-and-white film stock proudly boasted by Kodak. Great for high-speed panchromatic films that are a good choice for photographing dimly lighted subjects or fast action. Tri-X does the heavy lifting for you with its punched blacks and detailed depth. Perfect to use against solitary backdrops, portraits, or abandoned scenes.

What We Love:

Black and White

Simply put, we love a good high-concentrated black and white film.

Slight Grain

A textured picture makes a moody image even more intense and real.

High Contrast

Contrasted monochrome images serve their purpose; this film stock captivates every detail well and alive.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers wanting a detailed, yet textured film stock to boast moody imagery for any fine art project.

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Kodak

Professional Tri-X 400 Black and White Negative 35mm Film

Feed your film camera with the world's best selling B&W 35mm film! This classic B&W film allows for maximum pushability when needed with wide exposure latitude

Buy for $11.99

Shot on Ektar 100 by April Mariveles.

Shot on Ektar 100 by April Mariveles.

Shot on Ektar 100 by April Mariveles.

To Know:

Kodak Professional Ektar 100 is a fantastically vibrant film stock that overdramatized colors and hues to seem larger than life, yet still keeps the integrity of the photo. With colorful blues in the skies and crisp detail due to the stocks’ low ISO — Ektar provides a colorway and contrast line that distinguishes itself from the other stocks.

What We Love:

Made For Landscapes

Hones in on major detail and colorizes natural tones in an interesting and memorable way.

Love Harsh Light and Shadows

This film really catches my attention with bright highlights and contrasty shadows.

Easy To Shoot

It’s almost too easy; achieve near perfect tones images without crazy manual metering.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers looking for a way to set their images apart with a more unique, vibrant colorway.

Shot on Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

Shot on Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

To Know:

Kodak Gold 200 is one of the most accessible film stocks on the market, as you can find this bad boy in almost any nearby gas station or Walgreens equivalent. Gold 200 is the Bladerunner of all film stocks; curating a warm contrast and haze around subjects of any valor. The wide exposure latitude cna make it hard to catastrophically under or overexpose a shot, and the signature warm Kodak tones are ideal for nostalgic holiday snaps or family snags.

What We Love:

Affordable

Affordable and accessible to anyone looking to start their film career.

Really Warm

It’s like Bladerunner, or another JJ Abrams movie equivalent.

Great In Harsh Light

The lower ISO count makes it perfect for harsh, versatile light.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers wanting an affordable option to capture warmer toned images of any scene or subject.

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Kodak

Gold 200 Color Negative 35mm Film

Shoot with the Legendary Kodak GOLD 200 35m Film! A low-speed color negative film, offering outstanding color saturation, fine grain, and high sharpness

Buy for $29.95
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Kodak

Professional Gold 200 120 Film - 5 Rolls

Shoot with the Legendary Kodak GOLD 200 120 Film! A low-speed color negative film, offering outstanding color saturation, fine grain, and high sharpness

Buy for $44.95

Shot on Kodak Ektachrome E100 by Erika Carabeo.

Shot on Kodak Ektachrome E100 by Erika Carabeo.

To Know:

Kodak Professional Ektachrome also features a signature color saturation and contrast that is often not reflected in other film stocks. Colors are rich, deep, and vivid with true-to-life skin tones. It holds a lower contrast formula to provide balance and a wide dynamic range, and it has a neutral tonal scale for greater color accuracy.

What We Love:

Unique History

Truly a special and underdeveloped film stock, your images will stand out against the rest.

Saturation

Vivid colors to make an even more fun, vibrant picture.

Lower Contrast

Holds a lower contrast formula to provide balance and a wide dynamic range.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers needing a stock to cater to their experimental colors, wanting a more vivid expression.

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Kodak

Professional Ektachrome E100 Color Reversal 35mm Film

Your film camera told us that it needs some love! Treat it with Professional Ektachrome E100 35mm Film which delivers outstanding image quality and performance

Buy for $19.99
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Kodak

Professional Ektachrome E100 Color Reversal 120 Film - 5 Rolls

Feed your Medium Format film camera some tasty E100! The extremely fine grain Kodak Ektachrome E100 will give you a wide dynamic range, great color accuracy.

Buy for $67.95

How We Tested:

The Moment team is full of film photography buffs; we geek over which cameras to use, the difference in film stocks for specific environments, and which vintage strap from Grandpa’s closet will look best with our medium formats. When we heard that our team received a personal brand contact for Kodak, Fujifilm, etc. — we grew evermore stoked to be a part of the Moment team to launch our Film Store. Our supply coordinator, Amanda, sent the film photographers some stocks to test out throughout the weekend for launch assets. I gathered some thoughts and opinions from the team for this article and my own personal testament to each film roll (I’ve used all of these myself and can’t bring myself to choose which is my favorite!). My words may reign true, but our teams’ example pictures are a testament to what each of these stocks is capable of.

All the goodies.