Kodak HIE Infrared (35mm, 25 iso) User-Review


The Kodak HIE Black and White Infrared Film is very nice. I’ve shot one roll of this film and it was fun! The infrared effect is really neat. The sky will darken with a little bit of haze but it didn’t go black completely. Grass, leaves, and foliage turns white. Light skinned people are ghost white- very eerie indeed!

I recommend using this film with a wide angle lens to get the best results if you are shooting outdoors. Most surreal results are captured with the Red #25 filter or the near opaque infrared filter.

This yielded good results, but some of the negatives looked to be a tad underexposed. I will bracket next time. The prints were awesome except for the underexposed ones that led to a low contrast image on paper. The subject was an old graveyard-perfect for this film. It is recommended to be used in a manual camera body.

Loading in total darkness was a chore. I used a junk roll of film to practice with while I’m blindfolded many times before I mastered it. It’s grainy, but that adds to the surreal effect.

Simply the best film ever! can not wait to get my negatives back to see what surprises I will have..

written by specialblewah on 2009-10-28 #gear #infrared #35mm #review #lc-a #grainy #hie #red-filter #b-w #kodak


  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    Very interesting film and unusual results!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great gallery! A very special film indeed: I had the chance to try one, an old expired one..

  3. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    I still got a few of those.
    I am pretty scared to use them. the lash of the film is beige, almost white.
    that scares me!!!

  4. nural
    nural ·

    I want one of those!! the photos loon amazing...

  5. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    nice gallery. i bought one also and it's still waiting to be abused. thanks for the bracketing tip:)

  6. moochie_lomo
    moochie_lomo ·

    Very wild! They look like daylight pictures taken at night! Fascinating shots. Thanks for sharing!

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Impressive results ! Congrats !

  8. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    wow very high contrast! Power!

  9. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    omg! i love it!!!!

  10. underaglassbell
    underaglassbell ·

    Such a waste of a beautiful (and rare) film.
    This film should be shot through a decent SLR, with TTL metering - Then a 25A or IR filter

  11. kazarareta
    kazarareta ·


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