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Film Profile – Kodak BW400CN

Kodak BW400CN Film Profile 1

We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you.

In the past we’ve profiled two Kodak films that are still being produced today; the smooth-as-silk Kodak Ektar 100, and the invitingly warm Portra 400. These two films are great at what they do, and their operational latitude and universally available development process make either one a great choice for the newcomer or professional alike.

But what if you want to shoot a black-and-white film that’s similarly accessible? Though the options are few compared to the vast number of color films available, there does exist a handful of capable and user-friendly B&W films.

Today, we’ll take a look at one such offering from Kodak. Their BW400CN is a black-and-white film that can be developed using the same process as standard color negative film. That means it can be developed at any photo lab. And while BW400CN has been officially discontinued, there’s still enough of it around to sate the appetites of those who want it.

But, is it any good? Is BW400CN still relevant today, or was it discontinued for a reason?

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Film Profile – Kodak Ektar 100

Kodak Ektar 100 Film Profile 2

We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you.

Last time, we talked about Kodak’s Portra 400, a warm and rich color film that we thought was a pretty solid all-rounder. Today we’re featuring another offering from the boys in Rochester. It’s Kodak’s Ektar 100.

While Ektar 100 won’t make images as brilliant as slide film, and while it’s certainly less versatile than its faster brother Portra, in the right shooting situations it can create images that are simply stunning. With exceptional saturation, vivid color, and virtually non-existent grain, Ektar is one of the richest and most consistently beautiful color films available.

For a closer look at what makes Ektar so special, read on.

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Film Profile – Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400 Film Review 9 copy

As happens very often here at CP, we received not long ago a shipment of gear bundled in an old, dusty camera bag. Inside one of the pouches was found a couple of rolls of film, and upon closer inspection it was discovered to be a type of film we’ve never before shot!

A film I’ve never shot?! I wondered with giddy anticipation. How exciting! This thought was instantly followed by an Instagram post, a hastily loaded roll of film, and a feeling of joyful anticipation as my brain began bathing itself in copious quantities of dopamine.

But what’s this all mean for you, faithful reader? It means you’re in for another new feature. Can you believe it?

As many of you may know, every film is unique. It may be warm or cool, smooth or grainy, accommodating or demanding, and on, and on. The variety is immense, and it’s one of the most exciting things about analog photography. But we know it can be a bit confusing when new shooters (and even experienced shooters) try to decide which film to buy for their intended shots.

With this in mind, from time to time we’re going to profile an individual film. We’ll talk about its tone, character, push-ability, scan-ability, availability, and offer sample shots to illustrate. Eventually we’ll even compare similar films in side-by-side shootouts, all in the hope that you’ll know what you’re in for before you open your wallet.

To start, we’re going to examine a classic film loved by many. It’s Kodak’s Portra 400, and it’s one of our favorite color films. So sit back, relax, and find out if Portra’s made for you, or one to skip.

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