Select Page

5 Frames With… Kodak Portra 160 (EI 160 / 35mm / Olympus Superzoom 80G) – by Paul Petch5 Frames With… Kodak Portra 160 (EI 160 / 35mm / Olympus Superzoom 80G) – by Paul Petch

5 Frames With… Kodak Portra 160 (EI 160 / 35mm / Olympus Superzoom 80G) – by Paul Petch

I’m having a play around with some different film cameras at the moment and picked up an Olympus Superzoom 80G for $6. It’s horrid looking – pretty much like the planet post 2k! Oh…the 80’s and 90’s… wobble-wobble-flashback

Sure, it’s a tiny point and shoot and fully automatic, so you expect some randomness, but the focusing and overall results have really surprised me. It handles exposure and autofocus pretty well. It LOVES the flash and does a great job balancing it with available light too. Another highlight was being able to on occasion zoom to 70mm when subjects were more than a few steps away. It also hides the very loud shutter and film advance!

The results seem to be quite noisy compared to this film on more advanced cameras that I’ve used – and maybe a wee more saturated than I’ve become accustomed too. It’s hard to be exact though with processing and my scanning skills coming into play.

Anyway, this roll of Portra 160 was fun to shoot as to date as I’ve only shot 400. The camera compared to my MJU-II also actually seems to focus better too. The whole experience with such a small camera that ‘just works’ has really started to open my mind to watching and just creating more.

I have other digital cameras that could be set to Auto mode but it’s not the same – because I know I can look at the results – and it adds more distractions. This approach to shooting has also started to free up my search for perfection in images such as focus, sharpness, creative lighting and post editing. Most of all it is FUN!

I’ve just found a few other automatic point and shoots at thrift shops too, that will be fun to try and compare over the next few months. What a great time to be alive with so many film cameras available for us to play with. The full roll is over here:

~ Paul Petch



Get involved: submit your 5 Frames With

Getting your 5 frames featured couldn't be simpler: all you need to do is send over 5 frames shot on a single roll of film using the same lens and camera combination. Large format shooter, not a problem! As long as the shots all came from the same film stock, camera and lens, you're good to go.

You can submit your article in one of two ways: using this form, or via this page.

Finally, don't forget that this series is being produced in conjunction with Hamish Gill's excellent Head on over to read the other half of these stories.



Write for EMULSIVE

The driving force behind EMULSIVE is knowledge transfer, specifically creating more of it in the film photography community. You can help by contributing your thoughts, work and ideas to inspire others reading these pages.

Take action and help drive an open, collaborative community: all you need do is read this and then drop me a line.



Lend your support

Like what you see here? You can support EMULSIVE by helping to contribute to the community voice on this website (see above), or by heading on over to the EMULSIVE Patreon page and considering financial support from as little as $2 a month.

As if that’s not enough, there’s also an EMULSIVE print and apparel store over at Society 6, currently showcasing over two dozen t-shirt designs and over a dozen unique prints of photographs made by yours truly

In short, I want to continue building this platform and I’d love your help to make that happen.



About The Author

Paul Petch

I’m an Auckland & Christchurch based New Zealand photographer, storyteller, writer & tutor who loves challenging the status quo.


Comments are welcomed and encouraged on EMULSIVE but there are some instances where comments will deleted, and authors of those comments banned. They are as follows:

  • Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature will be deleted. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments should be relevant to the topic at hand.
  • Comments including profanity, containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will be deleted. Note this may include abusive, threatening, pornographic, offensive, misleading or libelous language.
  • Comments that attack an individual directly will be deleted, as will comments that harass other contributing authors. In short, please be respectful toward others.


Add your voice to the discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Find out how you can help support EMULSIVE from as little as $2 a month on Patreon.Learn more

All Categories

All Categories