• Andrej Špilevoj

35mm film review: Kodak Portra 400 pushed to 800 (push +1)


My name is Andrew and I am a fine art destination wedding photographer. In my spare time I work on different projects and one of my recent projects is a casual film test. This article is going to be about the most popular portrait film Kodak Portra 400 pushed to ISO 800, or by +1 stop.

While working on one of my projects I decided to try push for the first time in my life. This is really scary when you do it for the first time while working on a very serious event like where I was. Still, I have read lots of articles that pushing Portra is quite common so I decided to give it a go. Since my initial location was very dark while the stage - fully lit by concert lights, I had a perfect time to push 400 to 800 and get better speed results which was a good decision to make. When I got my scans from Photolab.LT I was quite amazed how good the shots were. I had a luck to shoot several medium format and 35mm film on that concert so I had what to compare to. How awkward it is - I preferred pushed 35mm Portra results to pushed Fuji 400h, Portra 800 and Cinestill 800T - all medium format film. I will post one shot from each film below on this page but for now - have a look at Kodak Portra 400 pushed to 800. Lower on the page you will also find some casual shots with the pushed Portra during the day time.

Kodak Portra 400 pushed to 800















Here are some casual shots of the unedited pushed Portra 400 film:




Kodak Portra 400 35mm pushed to 800 (pushed +1)

Shop: online store

Price: €9

Camera: Canon 300v

Lens: Canon 135mm, 50mm 1.4, 24-70 2.8 mk2

Location: Lithuania

Dev + Scan: Photolab.lt

Total test price: €19 or €0.53 per frame.

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See some other film results from the same concert below:

Cinestill 800T (medium format):

Kodak Portra 800 (medium format):

Fuji 400h pushed to 1600 (push +2)(medium format):


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