How Kodak BW400CN Got My Mojo Back (User-Review)


The Kodak BW400CN simplifies the way photographers shoot with B&W films, which can be developed in any professional lab or retail establishment running a C-41 process.

Although I’ve always been fond of B&W photos, I’ve avoided shooting with B&W film because there aren’t that many photo labs that can process the negatives in my area. The ones that do – they want my arm, leg and my birth right. So one day I decided I would develop my own B&W films. But first I needed a film. So I got this film from the local drugstore. Test shot some subjects. Bought the photo processing chemicals. And I was ready, right? Not quite… because I found out that I’ve shot with a Kodak Professional BW400CN film. Upon reading the instructions on the film box, I realized that it should be processed as a C-41 film. Whoops. Well, no problem… because C-41 films are the ones we bring to 1-day photo labs for processing our 35mm color negatives. How more fortunate can that be?

The BW400CN is rated at iso 400, which is ideal for indoor photography. It also provides the fine grain, highlight and shadow detail that traditional B&W films are known to deliver. Additionally, I find this to be forgiving when used for outdoor pho ops. I test shot this film with my Holga 120N at various settings and conditions, and I was able to get fairly consistent results.

The challenge I faced with this film was when I tried to match the color tones when scanning panoramic negatives in stages. For instance, the first half of the scanned image may turn greenish, and the second half may be reddish (see Photo 1). This is not a bad thing if that is what you are aiming for. But for seamless panoramas, scanning the negative in stages may not be the best approach. Not to be hindered, I used this peculiarity to my advantage. On one photo, I was pleased with the dissimilar tones on each quarter of a non-panoramic image when I scanned it in stages (see Photo 2). Cool, huh?

My conclusion? This film rules. It simplifies the way photographers shoot with B&W films, which can be developed in any professional lab or retail establishment running a C-41 process. Try it, and you’ll see how simple it is. Lomo on, baby!

written by juznobsrvr on 2009-12-16 #gear #review #b-w-film #holga-120n #kodak-bw400cn #c-41-process #nikon-fe


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  1. violet_rayy
    violet_rayy ·

    Great shots. It must rule. I can't get my hands on any. Sold out at my local!

  2. lonur
    lonur ·

    beautiful indeed!

  3. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    nice sprocket shots

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super gallery ! Good job !

  5. rater
    rater ·

    Great gallery, sprocket power!

  6. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    great gallery indeed! well done :)

  7. skagen
    skagen ·

    i use it all the time. love it. it was my first roll with my new lc-a+, in fact. i think my album is working now that has them. good stuff. easy to find in 35mm. my family and friends can pick it up at the local big chain and send it to me in iraq!

  8. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Very interesting gallery.

  9. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    Nice review!

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