I was excited a few weeks ago to learn that the UK chain of pound stores known as “Poundland” (where everything costs just £1, for anyone unfamiliar with this concept!) were selling in-date rolls of Kodak Colorplus 200 ISO 35mm. I had heard it can be a bit grainy, but it was so much of a bargain that I spent £22 buying every roll they had – so far I have not been disappointed!
I knew I was going to have to learn to love this film pretty fast, as I suddenly found myself with a drawer containing 22 rolls of it, alongside all my other more expensive films, but at just £1 it had seemed like to much of a deal to pass up. I read a few bits about it online but I figured, given that it is Kodak, it can’t be any worse than some of the cheaper branded and hugely expired stuff I have used before. I have shot through a fair few rolls of this now, as has my girlfriend who is pilfering it from me at every available opportunity. Whilst I don’t think it has the capacity to change your life, I certainly feel it is a good deal for the price I paid.
Before I tried it out I had heard off a few of my Facebook friends that it tends to give a lot of grain in photos, but they are photography students and take their SLRs rather seriously! I had a look on Lomography and found some great examples where this film had been used to create homemade redscale film as you can see in the examples below:
I haven’t had much of a chance to do that lately, as there are no dark enough rooms in my house to flip the film over. So I have just been using the film for generic colour shots and I have found it to produce fine colours, and was nowhere near as grainy looking as people had warned me about. I also think it is nice to have lots of the same film so if you are testing new cameras (which I often find myself doing!) you can get a good idea of the difference between them by always sticking to the same film.