In 2018 it was recommended that I try a Kodak stock that I had never heard of, Kodak Pro Image 100! The only caveat was that it was available only in Europe. No big deal, however, as there were numerous eBay sellers shipping internationally. So, I had placed my first order for a new, inexpensive “Pro” stock to try out.
I had done a bit of research on this stock prior and had come across a few stunningly warm and vibrant images on Instagram. Needless to say, I was excited for what was in store.
Kodak Pro Image 100 is a very fine grain stock, and I was excited to try something that was a step up from the Kodak Gold lines. I don’t really haven’t found any real negatives about this film other than wishing that Kodak had released an ASA 400 version for a bit more flexibility. ASA 100 is pretty limiting once the sun drops below the horizon, but for everything else during the day it’s a wonderful replacement to Kodak Golds 100, 200, and 400 stock.
SHOOTING KODAK PRO IMAGE 100:
One of the most frequently asked questions with film stocks is how the film handles overexposure or underexposure. This is one area that Pro Image 100 is a bit sensitive. This stock doesn’t like too much overexposure nor underexposure. I’ve found that rating the film at box speed (ASA 100) will yield you the best results in terms of color and tonality balance. When overexposed, the highlights and whites seem to burn out and break at least a few stops shorter than the Portra 400 and Fuji 400H stocks. Underexposure will, of course, lift grain levels and shots are very difficult to recover during scanning. These are the ONLY negatives that I’ve experienced shooting and scanning Kodak’s Pro Image 100 stock. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic film for professional, casual, and travel work. More below…
WOW! I’m actually very happy with the results! Kodak Pro Image 100 looks as if it could be the love child between Kodak and Fuji. It adapted Kodak’s warmer looks but with the pastel tones of Fuji’s 400H stock! The stock has taken the best looks about both film manufacturers, and it’s final result is great to admire. Sharp detail and grain seem to play very well for an inexpensive “Pro” film stock. Be sure to expand the images to view them larger.
Kodak Pro Image 100 is likely to be my ongoing travel film of choice. It’s inexpensive, it’s clean, the colors are wonderful, and it’s readily available in the US from B&H Photo for $27.99 USD as of this posting. That’s a big win for us C41 shooters looking to save money but still find quality results from our negatives. So be sure to pick up a pro pack and enjoy the rest of your summer shooting this wonderful stock!