Leica M9 Colours vs Kodak Portra Film

Desaturated Leica M9 Colours vs Kodak Portra 160 Film

Desaturated Leica M9 colours are getting dangerously close to being as good as my favourite Kodak Portra colour film!

Here are a few more samples I shot with Yulya in Ukraine over the weekend.

Leica M9 Model Photography Ukraine
Leica M9 Portrait
Leica M9 Ukraine
Welcome to Ukraine!

Plenty more examples to be added so check back soon!

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts too..

Here are some Kodak Portra Portraits for a comparison.. I think the film grain and texture still has the edge but the gap is closing!



Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

6 thoughts on “Leica M9 Colours vs Kodak Portra Film”

  1. These are beautiful shots which compare well to Portra on screen, apart from the grain. Are you personally basing your impression upon the on-screen appearances or between printed images? I’d be interested to see a model shoot of similar images with digital and film..

    1. Hello, sorry for the late reply. Yes i’ve only based my thoughts upon on-screen appearance. I agree here the digital grain at ISO80 is too fine vs. Portra film. I will try to arrange a Leica M9 vs Bessa R3A shootout sometime using 35mm Kodak Portra for a fair comparison of natural skin tones during a model shoot with the Leica M9 at ISO 160.

  2. Nice images! What saturation value did you use for this kind of colors and what else did you change in Lightroom (what is your Lightroom-workflow for this kind of images)?

    1. Thanks Marc,

      Every photo is different so I just desaturate them by eye if I feel it would enhance the look I want to achieve. My basic LR3 workflow is sharpen and add contrast for B&W images. For colour I would adjust the WB if needed then adjust the saturation sliders to get the look I desire. Nothing fancy. I hope that helps a little. Thanks

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