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The 7 Best Kodak 35mm and 120 Film Stocks 2021: A 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?

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The 7 Best Kodak Film Stocks 2020: A Hands On Review

An inner look at the best film stocks on the planet.

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.

  • Kodak Professional Portra 160 - The Versatile Light Range 
  • Kodak Professional Portra 400 - The One With Perfect Skin Tones
  • Kodak Professional Portra 800 - The Low Light Compatible
  • Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 - The Black and White Details 
  • Kodak Professional Ektar 100 - The Vibrant and Colorful 
  • Kodak Gold 200 - The Golden Warmth 
  • Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 - The Experimental
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Disposable? No problem.

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Medium Format is a beast.

Kodak Professional Portra 160


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35mm film w/ Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ Portra 160 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ 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

Price: $39.95/5 pack

Product Type: Film Stock

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

Shop Kodak Professional Portra 160

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Kodak Professional Portra 400


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120 film w/ Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

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35mm w/ Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

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35mm w/ Portra 400 by April Mariveles.

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35mm w/ 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

Price: $42.95/5 pack

Product Type: Film Stock

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

Shop Kodak Professional Portra 400

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Kodak Professional Portra 800


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120 film w/ Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

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120 film w/ Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

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120 film w/ Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

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120 film w/ Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

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120 film w/ Portra 800 by Erica Coble.

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120 film w/ 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

Price: $52.95/5 pack

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.

Shop Kodak Professional Portra 800

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Kodak Professional Tri-X 400


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35mm film w/ TriX 400 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ TriX 400 by Janelle Hougland.

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35mm film w/ 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

Price: $37.95/5 pack

Product Type: Film Stock

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

Shop Kodak Professional Tri-X 400

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Kodak Professional Ektar 100


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35mm w/ Ektar 100 by April Mariveles.

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35mm w/ Ektar 100 by April Mariveles.

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35mm w/ 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

Price: $36.99/5 pack

Product Type: Film Stock

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

Shop Kodak Professional Ektar 100

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Kodak Gold 200


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35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

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35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

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35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

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35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

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35mm film w/ Gold 200 by Erica Coble.

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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

Price: $12.99/5 pack

Product Type: Film Stock

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

Shop Kodak Gold 200

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Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100


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35mm film w/ Kodak Ektachrome E100 by Erika Carabeo.

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35mm film w/ 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

Price: $59.97/5 pack

Product Type: Film Stock

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

Shop Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100

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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 certain 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 over the course of a weekend for launch assets. I gathered some thoughts and opinions from the team for this article, as well as 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 truth, but our teams’ example pictures are truly a testament to what each of these stocks are capable of. Hope you enjoyed it! has to 

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