I keep coming back to Kodak Gold 200 for a number of reasons. Reason 1 is the price. In Canada I can purchase a 24 exposure 3 pack from Walmart for only $12.99, that’s only $4.33 a roll or 18 cents a frame. Now that’s cheap. Reason number 2 is it’s unique look that tends to favour warm tones even in mid-day light. These shot’s were taken on a Pentax PC35-AFM point and shoot camera, a true thrift store gem.
The journey of learning analog photography can sometimes be a frustrating one. You see the work that others can create using the same film stock and you wonder how their final results are so amazing. One of these days I am going to bite the bullet and get my 35mm film professionally scanned so that I can see if the results are that much more superior to what I am experiencing with my Epson V600. Below are a few frames from our last holiday to Disneyland's magic kingdom. I shot these images on Kodaks consumer grade Gold 200 film with the Pentax PC35AF-M point and shoot.
Canada day, the Canon A-E1 and Kodak Gold 200. A combo of consumer gear and consumer film. Each roll I shoot and review I am amazed at the ability of film to handle highlights. I used the Epson V600 to scan this roll and as I have read from others this scanner has a bit of trouble with 35mm film leaving a significant amount of noise (Not Grain) in the digital files. These scans are totally acceptable for the web but if I were to take them to print I would definitely have them professionally scanned. Kodak Gold is a great casual shooting film with fairly fine grain and decent daylight colors, I'm going to call it the poor man's PORTRA. Take a look at the images below and leave your comments below I would love to hear from you.
Recently I started a personal project shooting Film. Over the past 5 or so years I have been collecting film cameras simply because I'm a bit of a camera nerd.. I am going to be shooting, developing and scanning a different type of film each any every month for a year, then giving my personal impression of the film in these posts. I choose to shoot Fuji Superia 200 first because it was readily available off the shelf at our local drug store. I have been using the VSCO film presets for almost 3 years and I wanted to see if the presets looked anything at all like their original film stocks. Below is an image I took with the Canon 6D and then processed using the Fuji Superia Preset in Lightroom. Let me know how you think the tones and grain compare with the images below. I personally like the the look and feel of the Superia film stock although I don't find it to be particularly sharp (that could also be a product of my ancient scanner). I specifically love the soft highlights that it seems to render. For a consumer level film the results are not too bad. The next film I intend to review is Kodak Ektar 100, this is classed as a professional film and I am excited to see how the results compare.