Kodak UltraMax 400 - 35mm Film - 24 exp
A more sensitive film than the Kodak Gold but with similar value-for-money, reliable colour and tone reproduction will ensure your special moments are captured and stored forever. Shoot in daylight, clouds, and indoors with a flash! Ultra max; ultra fun.
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Kodak - properly known as Kodak Eastman - was founded in America in 1888 and dominated the "Western" world of photography for the next 100 years, constantly in fierce rivalry with the Japanese Fuji. Similarly to Fuji the advent of digital photography at the turn of the century caused significant financial problems. A late attempt to win in the compact market was hit by the rise of mobile photography and bankruptcy followed in 2012. Fortunately the photography business has survived under the Kodak Alaris name - based in Hertfordshire, England - and they have delighted the analogue industry by pledging continued support for film production and the promise of bringing back old favourite emulsions.
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Sample shots (c) John Lambert Pearson
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When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Kodak UltraMax Film 35mm Colour ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
In bright conditions the film produces very saturated, vivid colours and, in overcast conditions it reproduces colour very faithfully (examples above). This makes it a pretty good all-rounder and that is helped further by the reasonably fast speed. The film is quite grainy for 400 ASA but, overall, I liked it a lot.
I’ve just started using film again after a long gap.
25 years ago I invariably used 400 film - I’ve never liked flash and it was great for doing low light shadowy and indoor shots. So when I bought a 60 year old Agfa Super Silette on EBay I used a 400 film to test it without really thinking it through. I also had to use a light meter, something I’ve never had to do with any of the cameras I’ve used in the past. Inevitably I made a lot of mistakes.
Anyway, all wasn’t lost. I’ve proved the camera works well (I’m not convinced about the light meter which appears to have died now). Where I got it right (for me) the colours were spot on and I was really pleased with the results.
I do like my woodland shots taken into the sun. This is achievable with this film if you’re careful breaking the rules. It’s really great for high contrast between shadow and light and indoor natural light.
I will definitely use Ultramax again but probably a 100 or 200 next time with this camera. 400 will remain my default on my more versatile SLRs.
My first colour roll and I wanted to test how well the Minolta Hi-Matic 7S would pair, yet didn't want to break the bank. I shot this roll mostly in bright noon-mid-afternoon sun, and would say this wasn't ideal to my eye. Colour rendition is faithful, with tones well matched. Saturation to my eye is high and they are certainly vibrant. There is a pretty strong grain that I find less appealing than on black and white film.
That being said, I've not had a bad exposure from it, so feel confident recommending it for beginners.
A solid colour film stock that has consistently provided better results for me than any other similarly priced stock with the possible exception of Fuji Superia Xtra 400 (although the Fuji stock usually costs £1 or so more per roll). Good colour rendition if a little over-saturated at times - great for bright subjects that pop but possibly less appropriate for more muted tones.