On Illinois Street

Planter box on Illinois Street
Pentax K1000, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax
Kodak Gold 400

I think every film has its use. I just hadn’t found the right one for Kodak Gold 400 yet. I just haven’t liked the color I get when I use it. But it yielded surprisingly good color in my K1000 with this 55/1.8 lens. It’s still truer-than-life Kodak color, saturated, candylike. But it captured the dusky hues here pretty well, and that’s not something I expect from consumer-grade Kodak film.


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  1. nobbyknipst Avatar

    I use the Kodak Gold 400 on cloudy, misty or rainy days at the sea side with the waterproof camera Canon Prima AS-1 and I’m really happy with the 35mm Film. In all that cases the colors are much softer and less colorfull. I try to use expired Film, I bought some years ago and kept it till today. And that Koak Gold 400 is great :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      If I have any more of the KG400 in the fridge I’ll try it next on a dim day and see what I get!

  2. Joshua Fast Avatar

    I am actually a huge fan of K400 Ultra Max. My go to cheap film was always Fuji 200 or 400 until i found a brick of Kodak 400 for cheap. It almost has a Porta VC quality to it and skin tones are much more natural than Fuji. Fuji was way too cool for me, lots of greens and blues.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I shot a lot of Kodacolor II when I was a teenager. When I returned to film 10 years ago Fuji 200 was easily available, so I went with it — and came to like its bluey-greeny caste. So now when I switch to Kodak consumer color film I feel like the super-saturated colors are a poke in the eye.

      My son gave me a four-pack of Kodak 200 last Christmas; maybe I should shoot it all up and see if I keep feeling this way.

      1. Joshua Fast Avatar

        You might like the 200 better, I have found it looks much less saturated than the 400. I’ve also noticed that shooting Kodak under vs box speed varies the colors significantly. I normally shoot K400 EI’d at 200 or even 100. It loves being overexposed.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’ve shot the 200. It’s still got “that Kodak look” but the colors are less pronounced. I never thought about overexposing the 400! I just shoot everything at box speed.

  3. Sam Avatar

    Awesome light and colors!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Muchos gracias!

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