Kodak Colorplus 200: The £1 Roll


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!

Credits: fletchinski84

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.

Credits: fletchinski84 & kneehigh85

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:

Photos showing the Colorplus used as redscale by pepper-b

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.

Credits: fletchinski84

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written by fletchinski84 on 2012-01-10 #gear #bargain #film #review #color #color-negative #colour #cheap #uk #lomography #user-review #1 #35mm-kodak


  1. pyromonkey333
    pyromonkey333 ·

    great article!

  2. hairil
    hairil ·

    I've got a few rolls of this film lying around. Can't wait to shoot with them!

  3. hanibale
    hanibale ·

    lucky! :P

  4. sickybillis
    sickybillis ·

    Well done, you're just blown it for all of us keeping the secret of £1 film.

  5. sophiesakura
    sophiesakura ·

    Ooohhh! I'm going hunting around Poundland now! :D

  6. fletchinski84
    fletchinski84 ·

    @sickybillis - I never thought of that - just wanted to share the joy!

  7. acidsaturation
    acidsaturation ·

    That looks like City Square. I hope you haven't cleaned poundland out of Colorplus, or I might have to swear at you...!

  8. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    Just bought 17 rolls! :D

  9. yoolis
    yoolis ·

    Just bought 10 rolls...thanks

  10. bass_clarinet_2000
    bass_clarinet_2000 ·

    Why can't I find great deals like that!

  11. mikeydavies
    mikeydavies ·

    i just bought 5 rolls, and going back to buy another 20 or so when i have more money!!! :)

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