A friend of mine swapped me a roll of Ilford HP5 for this roll of Kodak BW 400CN he had lying around since he couldn’t remember when.
I’d never shot with the film before and wanted to try it out even though it was expired and I wasn’t sure how well it had been cared for.
Kodak discontinued the film in 2014 and I know that this roll is a lot older than that.
But either way I was happy to load it up into my Olympus OM-1 and take it to the streets during the recent St. Kilda Festival.
I was using the built in meter and just going for an average exposure reading.
One thing about this film is that it has a nice look to it, kind of similar to Ilford XP2 but maybe not quite as good.
I was happy that even though this film had an unknown expiry date the images on it still look pretty good.
A couple of shots that didn’t turn out so great were ones in overcast light but I also missed focus so I can’t really blame the film 😉
But those shots in good light with good focus are easy to look at and certainly have that film look.
Rather than babbling on about the film, I’ll just show you some pics..
Well I know it’s not a lot of photos but overall I do like this film.
It’s a shame it has been discontinued but I’m sure there is still some kicking around in fridges or freezers.
If you do get a chance to shoot it, I’d say go for it.
The C41 process means you can get it developed almost anywhere too.
If you are or were a fan of Kodak BW 400CN I’d love to hear what you think of it.
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