Beides their famous iconic yellow branding and an upended identity for Super 8 motion film, Kodak is the leading film stockist in the world for it’s gorgeous skin tones, true-to-life colors, and outstanding dynamic range. Their Professional Porta Series are undeniably some of the best in the film photography industry, being used by ultra professionals and larger-than-life influencers alike. Whether these be formulated for wedding or portrait photographers, or made to work best with landscapes, pro films usually do one job exceptionally well. Of course these come at a larger cost, but are worth it for the quality you’ll receive. They all portray just the right amount of grain, are sharp without being clinically sharp, its colors are vibrant but not gaudy, and its speed is just right for an all-day shoot.
What We Love:
For the Pros
Enhanced with pro-level integration with their Professional series line.
Made to do one thing really well, for portraits especially.
Name and Branding
There’s a reason why Kodak has been in business for as long as they have.
Fujifilm film stocks are incredible color negative films made with extraordinary fine grain and great exposure latitude. While each stock greatly varies in color and hue, the most rewarding stocks come from point-and-shoot cameras — where technicality doesn’t quite matter and tones aren’t that much of a priority. Most of Fujifilm seems to prefer colder tones like green and blue, which makes it great for outdoor shooting (unless you live in the desert). The CEO of Fujifilm, Mr. Shigetaka Komori explains in his book that “in addition to film formation and high-precision coating, there are grain formation, function polymer, nano-dispersion, functional molecules, and redox control (oxidation of the molecule). Inherent in all these is very precise quality control (PetaPixel, 2018).
What We Love:
Fine grains makes it possible to see each image with crystal clarity.
Makes for Great Landscapes
Prefers cooler toned environments, making for stellar landscape shots.
Great Exposure Latitude
Holds a wide dynamic range.
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