“Negativity” – The Next Film Experiment

Of the film shots, the vast majority of what I’ve done has been on Fuji. However, in the realm of negative film, I decided it was time for a change. Looking for deals on Amazon, I stumbled upon this film, which seems to be the best kept secret at Kodak Alaris. It seems to be the one film that reviewers generally seem to like, but very few people have actually heard of. At least very few people in America – from what I have read, this film is quite popular as an inexpensive choice in Europe and Asia. Amazon had this for sale quite cheap (five 36 exposure rolls for the odd price of $17.75 with free shipping). That may seem like a lot considering the chemistry I need to develop it was another $29.95, but it works out to a cost of 31 cents per picture with shipping factored in.

I thought for sure that rolls of 36 exposures that cheap would be expired. Surprisingly, they expire in 2020.

I did a lot of Google research just to find out what this stuff is. Visiting the Kodak Alaris website was no help – they don’t even list this film here. Only the much more common American Kodak Gold 200 is listed, a very good and inexpensive consumer film in its own right. Other blogs were much more helpful in reviewing. Most articles are from Europe and Asia. Why I found this film on amazon.com from an American seller is a mystery I can’t explain.

The overwhelming majority of people say this film is good and highly underrated. Is it? We will see – it’s a matter of filling up enough film to exhaust the chemistry is a short amount of time. Shoot photos, not each other!

5 thoughts on ““Negativity” – The Next Film Experiment

  1. My understanding is that the evidence points to the idea that ColorPlus 200 is actually late-generation Kodacolor VR 200, or is at least very closely related to it. Regardless, I like this film. It’s not super sharp, nor is it super fine-grained for being ASA 200. But it’s got a nice, classic, vintage-looking color palette. Hopefully it will continue to be readily available, and the price will remain affordable. You can actually get it for about an even $3 per 36-exposure roll on a pretty regular basis if you keep your eye out for deals. I look forward to seeing your results with it!

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