Ricardo Kalaidjian


No. 32 KODAK GOLD 200

I'm sticking to the plan!

If you were here two weeks ago I said that I would be shooting more films I'm not used to, last week I was very pleasantly surprised by Superia X-TRA 400. This week its Kodak Gold 200's turn.


I was initially intrigued by the speed of this film, as there are not many 200 offerings in the market. I like films that live between the 100-400 range, as they're not slow enough as to be an inconvenience shooting in the street, but don't have the grain you would expect from 400+ films


This structure is the NYC AIDS memorial on 14th street. Its a really interesting building that reacts to the light changes as the day goes on. 


A common thread I have noticed from the cheaper films is that they have no problems as long as you give them plenty of light. The grain structure is not going to be as nice as in the more expensive films but as long as you don't under-expose them too much you should be good


I was not as impressed with Kodak's budget offering as I was with Fuji's last week, I wouldn't take this film to anywhere where I wanted to do serious work, but it is more then servicable for day-to-day


Like most other C-41 films, Gold will under-expose towards a green cast, it can be used to a creative effect but I don't really care for it personally. All of this can be corrected in PS too, but I'm shooting film because I don't want to do that

I cant find something that I particularly dislike about this film, but I found the results rather lackluster. I know one roll isn't nearly enough to cover all lighting situations, but as far as first impressions go this one was un-inspiring


I have heard good things about the 400 budget Kodak, (Ultramax) and I think it will be a better point of comparison to the Superia I liked so much!

Thats it for this week, shorter than usual but I can promise there is some good stuff coming soon!

As always, I'd love to know what you're shooting, leave a comment! 

Until next week,