Updated 20th March 2017:
The few shops that sell Kodak Portra are: Ruby Photo, Riceball and Black Market Camera in Peninsula Shopping Centre. Price ranging from SGD15-16 for a 35mm ISO400.
Or Triple D Mini Lab at Bugis. Priced at SGD16.50- increased by $1 I know :/
I bought my first SLR on 13th September 2016. I tried the cheapest film the store has, which is a FujiColor C200 (S$5.90). I sent for development in probably the only shop left in Johor Bahru, Malaysia that still does film development (RM20 for development + CD).
I will blog about the shop details in the next few posts. Hopefully the development quality is good.
So while waiting for the fruits to bear (5-day’s wait), I won’t sit still and decided to try out another film. I googled a bit and shortlisted Kodak Portra 400. Apparently, this is quite a pricey film as compared to others of the same ISO. Many sources say this film is favoured by professionals and the colour is closely matched with the subjects.
I am excited!
Singapore is not a film photography paradise but thankfully there are a few places that sell analog cameras and films. I googled and TripleD Lab came out top in the list. However, their Kodak Portra 400 is currently out of stock. Hence, I tried my luck at Peninsula Plaza, which has a few well-known shops for selling analog photography stuff.
First, the Kodak Portra 400 in Ruby Photo is also out of stock, I can’t quite remember the price but I am sure one film is at least S$15. I know The Black Camera Shop is also S$15. Then I went into The Camera Workshop, they sell it at S$12.80. (Update 20 March 2017: they no longer have Portra).
I bought three. Not sure if this is a good move as I haven’t fully develop trust to this shop. Wish me luck!!
After buying, I loaded the film immediately and tried a few snaps. ISO 400 does make a difference in term of the shutter speed. For example, previously, I always find it difficult to level out my meter to neutral as it always give a minus (underexposed). However, for this Kodak Portra 400, I shot in the late evening around 7pm sunset period, the setting was f2.8, 1/60 and the meter gave a neutral and a slight +
That’s my observation. We still need to wait for the final products to determine if the setting I used was ideal.
For more Kodak Portra 400 sample photos, head over to this gallery.
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