I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise. Still, it’s a great thrill to hear that Kodak has followed their New Portra 400 formulation with a New Portra 160. Gone are the VC/NC designations. And gone also is much of the grain! According to Kodak’s “idiot-grams” (simplistic charts), New Portra 160 will have the saturation of the old Portra 160NC, but with a significant grain improvement. Portra 160 is the least saturated, Portra 400 in the middle, and Ektar is practically glow-in-the-dark. I like Ektar during daylight conditions, but it sucks for skintones during the ‘golden hour’. So having a New 160 will help fill that void.
What I really want to see is the the latitude. Will it be similar to Portra 400, or will it be less flexible, like Ektar?