Shooting the new Kodak Gold 200 in 120

Our granddaughter came over one sunny Sunday morning not long ago, so I got out my Yashica-D and loaded my first roll of the new 120 Kodak Gold 200 into it. I shot the whole roll that morning.

Grandma and Granddaughter

My wife brought our granddaughter into the yard to plant some annuals into larger pots. Whatever Grandma is doing, our granddaughter wants to do it too!


I took one meter reading in this well-shaded area and made all of my shots here using it, knowing that Gold’s wide exposure latitude would cover any minor variations in light from shot to shot. I shot these at f/5.6 or f/8, which in this light yielded a shutter speed too slow to freeze motion.

Grandma and Granddaughter

I attached my Spiratone close-up kit and photographed some flowers in our yard. The phlox I planted last year sent up just a few blooms this year.


Margaret bought a flat of these purple annuals and is putting them in pots as she has time. Some are on the porch and some are on the deck.

Purple flowers

When I’ve shot Kodak Gold 200 in 35mm, I’ve gotten colors that are a more saturated than this. But I find this moderate saturation to be pleasing.

Purple ground cover

It’s easy to see that Kodak Gold 200 in 120 is a good general-purpose color film. I look forward to the four rolls I have remaining.

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9 responses to “Shooting the new Kodak Gold 200 in 120”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Actually looks great! As long as it’s not as “flat” as their portrait stuff or as “contrasty” as Ektar, it looks like a winner!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I am surprised by how this isn’t as saturated as Gold 200 in 35mm — or at least, how I remember Gold 200 in 35mm.

  2. leah de la cruz Avatar

    the colours are great!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! Realistic and smooth, I think.

  3. Cailín Rúnda Avatar
    Cailín Rúnda

    Your wife and granddaughter look so very good! Surely the film had very little to do with that!)) Oh, and the new profile picture is super! …

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I like how you think!

      Thanks about the profile pic – my company paid for me to have a headshot done and that’s it!

  4. Cailín Rúnda Avatar
    Cailín Rúnda

    As always my pleasure! …

  5. Khürt Williams Avatar

    Wow! I can’t believe this is Kodak Gold. Maybe it’s the 120 format. These are great shots for the family photo album.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      KG200 in 120 looks very much to me like a different film than the 35mm version. I’ll shoot more in time to validate this hypothesis.

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