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.