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No. 34 KODAK ULTRAMAX 400

Back to our regularly scheduled programing.

This week I loaded UltraMax 400 in my Leica and the results surprised me, after the disappointing Gold 200 I was fearing this would be more of the same but the 400 budget option from Kodak is thankfully really good.

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Once again, the colors of this film are more neutral than Portra/Ektar but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In terms of resolution, the grain isn’t as fine as in Portra 400, but I like this grain structure myself

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I walked around the West Village for the majority of this roll, a neighborhood I am not that familiar with, but it had lots of interesting buildings and corners

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If I were to compare this to Fujifilm Superia 400.. I think they’re pretty similar, the UltraMax looks a bit more like Portra 400 in terms of color to my eye but I really haven’t spent that much time with either to make too many comparisons. I look forward to shooting them both in the future

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I saw the MOST beautiful Mustang on the street the other day just parked in a corner but I didn’t have my camera :(

Isn’t that the worst feeling?

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It helps to have a beautiful sunny day like the one I shot this roll with, but as you can see, it holds great detail in the shadows, something budget films usually struggle with

I ended up in Soho, which deserves a post on its own, but that will have to wait for a while, I was thinking we could do a survey of B&W films next, let me know what you think

So thats this weeks post, I’ve been running into a lot of technical difficulties recently (ie my computer dying) so bear with me as I traverse the treacherous waters of technology (do they make analog computers?)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ricardo

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