Shooting With Expired Kodak UltraMax 400


I’ve been shooting with Kodak UltraxMax 400 films expired in October 2010 for several months now. These are my thoughts about this film.

Credits: uncle_jay

First of all, a roll of film that expired in October 2010 is not really that old and will be just as good if kept under the right conditions. According to the photo lab that I got this film from, it was stored in an air-conditioned warehouse. Also, having developed rolls of these expired films at their lab, they told me that the color is just a tad more orange in color when compared with fresh rolls. But for an amateur photographer like me, who have just shot over a dozen rolls, this is really no big deal. In fact, the weirder the colors, the better I say.

Being an ISO 400 film, it can handle most lighting conditions well. Here are some normal shots taken with the film.

Credits: uncle_jay

However, the fun really begins when you turn this film into redscale and shoot it at various speeds. My favourite speed to shoot a redscale film made out of this expired roll of Kodak UltraMax 400 is ISO 50. I just love its warm colors. Take a look at some redscale photos I took, at ISO 25 and ISO 50:

Shot at ISO 25 using an Olympus XA
Shot at ISO 50 using an Olympus XA

My verdict? I found this particular expired film to be cheap and cheerful. I like its warm tones when redscaled but it’s still a great film to use for general photography too.

written by uncle_jay on 2012-03-19 #gear #film #review #redscale #street-photography #400 #expired-film #singapore #olympus-xa #warm #cheap #lomography #kodak #print #ultramax #iso-50 #diy-redscale #user-review #nikon-f601


  1. hxloon
    hxloon ·

    Absolutely lovely warm tones when turned Redscale : )

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Cool results when redscaled......<:)

  3. itshodgepodge
    itshodgepodge ·

    Awesome! I'm going to try this.

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