Easy C-41 Black & White


Nice Black & White film for easy mini-lab (C-41) processing. Works well in most conditions, sunny or overcast, and in low tech cameras (without metering).

Being a bit lazy about scanning, I often take my films to my local mini-lab, they develop and scan a roll for $3 which is a pretty amazing deal, and with prints it’s $7. Over the past year I’ve tried a few rolls of this Kodak BW400CN and it’s really growing on me, the low contrast kinda suits the low-fi look of my favorite toy cameras (Lomo LCA and Vivitar UWS). It seems to do a good job when its a bright sunny day, or its a grey dull day, and shooting into the sun works fine too. OK, it’s not fine art quality (purists will roll their eyes) but if you’re looking for simplicity and something to be part of your lifestyle without being an extra annoyance (Lomo rule) then why not give it a try?

Technical note: Ilford has a similar film XP-2, that is processed in C-41, optimised for printing on B&W paper. The Kodak version is optimised for printing on colour paper (minilab prints).

written by fash_on on 2010-07-02 #gear #black-and-white #35mm #review #c-41 #vivitar #uws #400iso #lomo #b-w #kodak #lca #simplicity


  1. paramir
    paramir ·

    nice gallery!

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Nice photo gallery. Try shooting Ilford XP2, then scan it in colour. It colour shifts wonderfully, especially if it was abused by heat (dashboard of my truck, all summer 2007) and outdated. It's in one of my FED 2 albums.

  3. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

    Where are you getting your stuff developped and scanned for only $3!?

  4. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    It's Shoppers Drug Mart, some of the stores have a mini-lab, $2.99 + tax, for develop and scan to CD. Only 35mm, only C-41.

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