Kodak Portra 160NC 100ft OPEN REEL PERFORATED EXPIRED 02/2002 kept mostly frozen LOMO HOLGA 2


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ALL FILMS HAVE EXPIRED, no guarantee of functioning is given!

PLEASE NOTE: I have the most time kept them in deep freeze (at least -18 degrees Celsius) and some of them I tested and they seemed to be ok.


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I got this film from the photo assistant of the professional photo guy (that I have mentioned in my other selling ads) in Helsinki Finland early 2009, I think. I have no idea how she kept the film though she was (and still is) a professional photographer. I kept ALL my films until July 2014 in deep fridge (at least -18 degrees Celsius) basically from the moment I got them. Then, as my company moved to a new location I had no more enough deep freeze place for all my films, but this film reel I kept in the deep fridge after the move. Inside, where the films have been stored, the room temperature has been ca. + 3 .. 10 degrees Celsius during wintertime (ca. November – April) and ca. + 10 .. 17 degrees Celsius at other times. During January – May 2016 ALL films were well covered outside at ca. -33 .. + 10 degrees Celsius and after that time I moved all my films inside (temperatures as above).

I never got so much of color negatives reels to use, and I believe these Portra 160NC reels (I got five of them, one was opened) were the only ones I never bought. I mainly used color negs for gigs, and there, as it was a paid job there was no need to save money with spooling my own films nor take the very insignificant (but above 0 %) risk that there would go something fishy in the spooling and hence backfire the whole gig. Yes, I have spooled tens and tens of reels, perhaps hundreds, and I never had a total miss with them. But yes, sometimes the cans where dirty/sandy that I didn’t know beforehand, and I got scratched films after developing them. Of course, using the same cans after carrying them ca. +40000 km around the South Americas was perhaps too much.. I then learned to use only once the already once used cans that I got for free from those 1 h photo stores. This tip I believe I got from the great Finnish photographer Jan Eerala, whom I learned to know by internet as I was in Grez-sur-Loing, go figure that! 🙂

I used to spool my own film with a Dayroll film loader, until I got an art residence as the first Finnish photographer ever at the Hôtel Chevillon from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. I had the roller with me but not crank, if I remember correctly. Then I got advice from Jan Eerala, a great visual artist etc. that you just wind the film your very arms length (or width) and there are your 36 exposures. But winding the cassette with your bare fingers took several minutes for a single roll in the small wardrobe in my French apartment, which with my klaustrophobia (i.e., the fear of klaus’es, i.e., myself) made me wanna join the attic ghost of August Strindberg to whom my apartment once belonged. So, lucky me had kept from the airplane a small plastic spoon, and attaching it to a wine (qui qui) bottle’s cork with painter’s tape I had made myself a crank for the cassettes that I picked up for free from the local (not so near, though to find) 1 hour photo store. Yes, I’m right now holding in my hand that very crank which I’ll still keep after selling all my analogue photo stuff. 🙂

I used the Kodak Portra series in 120 format as I was shooting with my Leicas, Cambo SC and Mamiya RB67 ProS the many artists joining us at the great Hôtel Chevillon in France 2004 and in the two years following even more with my Texas Leicas in Gothenburg Sweden, as I was continuing shooting for my exhibition Artist at Work. Mostly I developed the (exposed and deep fridge kept) films myself years later, and I had no complaints of the already expired films to make!

Now, to be honest, the color negative films are the most sensitive to aging, which only freezing can withhold to some extent. Black-and-white films are just fine even with decades and decades of expiry, and to my experience, also slides are much better aging resistant than color negatives. So keeping this in mind, I tested one my Kodak Portra 400 ASA (VC, vivid colors) 120 films, which you can see and read about yourself in my blog pages. Looking more closely to the very last images, some of the scanned images indicate somewhat of a greenish cast visible in the darks, whilst others less of that cast. This is partly due my automated image processing methods. The best results are always got when the frame is cropped away, because the dark frame areas make the automated calculus go haywire. In this case I wanted to make the frames partly visible so that you would be able to read the film information. Yes, I have more than a thousand photos here, so guess how much manual stuff I’m interested in doing.. ,)

All my (Portra) films I have kept similarly. I think that the faster the film, the more it will be susceptible to aging. Keeping in mind that the film I tested was faster (400 ASA) than the current 160 ASA films, then in principle the slower films should not be worse than the test film, but I can’t say for sure. Also, as these Portra 160NC reels have expired already 02/2002 and I do not know how they were stored before I got them 2009, so I cannot state too much of these particular reels.

In all, I’d say these film reels are still usable, but don’t use them in cases where you expect the results as you would from an unexpired film. I do think they would the perfect material for you if you’re keen on LOMO or HOLGA or other creative photography. Perhaps setting the ASA number a bit smaller (like 100 instead of 160) might be a good thing. Then, just point and shoot and drop the exposed film to your next one hour photo store, and be amazed what comes out! 😉

The old Kodak Portra series are no longer made, and the 160 NC (Natural color) was tweaked by Kodak in 2006, and since 2011 there has been only the new series, so that the NC and VC have been merged together.

Yes, Kodak still makes the Portra NEW series, and a 135-36 roll of Kodak Portra 160 costs in Finland 9.90 € including 24 % VAT in Telefoto. However, I don’t think you can get easily a 100 feet reel of color negatives any more, as it is not an option in the new Kodak Portra series product line.

You usually get around 660 exposures from the 100 feet (ca. 18*36 + 12 = 660, is what my memory serves, and so do others confirm more or less). This auction is about an opened Kodak Portra 160NC 100 ft reel. A full can of 160NC weighs with the cardboard box 330 g, and this item for sale weighs 240 g without the cardboard box. A tin can weighs ca. 75 g and the cardboard box 20 g. The net weight of the film (and the plastic bag + sprocket, if any sprocket exists) is for 100 ft 330 g – 95 = 235 g. The net weight of the film for sale (and the plastic bag + sprocket, if any sprocket exists) is for the film amount X ft for sale 240 g – 95 = 145 g. This would mean that there should be ca. 145/220*100 ft left ~ 66 % = 66 ft left = 12 long (at least 36 exposures worth) rolls left. [If inside the cans there is a plastic bag and a sprocket that weigh in total say 20 g, then we would be ca. 125/200*100 ft left of the film = 11 to 12 long (at least 36 exposures worth) rolls left.]

I am selling this opened film reel without cardboard box in auction, starting 1 euros, with reserve and buy it now 55 euros. I have another opened reel which was kept in deep freeze a bit less time. Also, I have in auction two others also that I did not have place enough to keep in the deep freeze as my company moved 07/2004.

Yes, of course I will combine shipping for reduced shipping costs. I urge you to my buy more from me and will be flexible with it. Please note the somewhat expensive shipping costs from Finland, especially if insurance is needed. If the value of order gets to a higher level, I insist on taken an insurance for the shipping.

If you buy this item – please keep it in deep freezer for best results! 🙂

If you have more questions, please contact me directly.

Klaus Riederer, PhD, MSc
KAR Oy Ab GmbH Ltd S. A. R. L., CEO www.kar.fi
© 2016 We-Love-Film-Cameras-Printing-Baking-KAR-Ltd-FI-Outlet

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 15 x 15 x 5 cm


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