The Cheap Paradies 400 from DM


Is the DM Paradies 400 from DM really bad? A good film can't be that cheap, right? Read my review on this 35mm film after the break.

Looking for cheap films? A visit to the nearest drugstore would be your best bet. DM, a German chain of drugstores, offers the DM Paradies 400. It’s a very affordable color negative film. For a competitive price of 1.65 € for a double pack of the film, it is stocked on the shelves of drugstores. That makes 36 frames per roll just 0.80 €.

With its sensitivity, it can be used in inclement weather. Of course, it can be used in bright sunlight, too! According to DM, it is ideal for shooting in low light conditions (clouds and rain). You can take pictures of fast subject, such as sports and action shots.

I often use this film without using a light meter. I have already used it with the Sprocket Rocket, Spinner 360, LomoKino, and the Holga 135 BC. Because of the great latitude, you can almost always get usable images. Despite the low price, you get decent quality. Even the Warentest Foundation rated it as “good”.

Because of the low price, experiments are possible. One option is to turn the film and expose it as redscale. I recommend to set the camera’s ISO to 50 when you use the film as redscale. Hopefully, DM produces this film for a long time at this great price.

written by m23 on 2012-05-17 in #reviews #dm #germany #paradies-400 #kodak #cheap #color-film


  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    shit! I payd 10 euro for two rolls in Slovakia, I was sure I was robbed!

  2. xxxanderrr
    xxxanderrr ·

    Sadly, Rossmann changed the film a bit - there are now only 24 frame rolls available, and there are no double-packs now, just single rolls of film.
    It's still cheap as hell, compared to many other films, but the whole 24 frames screws it up for me, which is why I'm switching to Paradies 400 (DM household film brand). Double pack for a euro something, 4-pack for I think 2 euros

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    some goodsoul from Germany that can send me some 400? I'll pay in advance via Paypal!

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    and this is why I love this film..

  5. frau_inga
    frau_inga ·

    @superlighter I'm going to Germany in three weeks and I want to pick up some film for myself too. I can send you some if you like....

  6. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    @frau_inga wow! it would be fantastic! I message you in your lomohome..

  7. knipseritis
    knipseritis ·

    This is the cheapest film I have seen to this date. I also have the strong suspicion that it's just a rebranded Kodak CN film, but my question on this to a Kodak employee on Twitter wasn"t answered yet. The ISO 200 Paradies is also nice, coming in packs of 4x36 expusures at about 3,60€ it is very cheap too.

  8. hell_is_roundt_the_corner
    hell_is_roundt_the_corner ·

    For those who check what it says on perforation of the film they will notice letter K- (followed by ASA number). This is the symbol that Kodak used for their lower quality films. I strongly believe that it got sold out to DM chain once Kodak closed the production to finish the batch that was already produced.
    Rossmann was also packing same film during one time (perforation symbols look the same) but I am not 100% sure if they have changed the film. I usually buy all that I find in the shop when I enter DM. You cannot get so good, so cheap film anywhere any more.

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