Reviewing the Kodak Ultramax 400


Kodak Ultramax is one of the first films that I tried after joining the analog revolution. In fact, it was my very first film used for travel, after years of shooting with my DSLR. My uncle loaned me a Fisheye 2 just a few days before I went to Singapore for a trip, so I went around my nearby shopping mall (still didn’t know where to find cheaper films yet) to look for a roll to try out.

Unless it is a dedicated film or Lomography store film, it is very hard to find a wide range of films in malls nowadays. However, most stores still stock just one or two types, and this one that I went to had the Ultramax at that time. I chose the 400 over 200 for greater flexibility.

I tried the Fisheye 2 prior to the trip and had a rough idea of what situation works best with an ISO 400 film. Throughout my short trip, I tried to shoot under good sunlight and if at night, then I will rest the camera somewhere for a bulb shooting.

When I got my photos back from the lab, I was delighted. The colors are pleasant, not cross-processing kind of wackiness but just right. Even the night shots turned out in really vibrant colors! The film yields dull shades indoors, but so does many other films as well. However, this film really works across a wide range of daylight spectrum nicely – from the dazzling sunshine at the Universal Studios to the mild evening sky at the Marina Bay, this film captures all with great results.

If you are looking for a fuss-free and film with a higher chance of success rate, this is the film for you!

This film review was written by Community member shuttersentinel17. For more film reviews from Lomographers, create your own LomoHome and follow fellow analogue souls!

written by shuttersentinel17 on 2011-06-27 #gear #film #negative #review #400 #colour #lomography #kodak #ultramax #user-review #requested


  1. indierata
    indierata ·

    This film is very easy to find, actually in all of the photo stores you can buy it (at least in my city and country)... anyway you took very nice pics, but i dont have the same results :( (maybe i am the issue :D)

    Great pics! Greetings from Chile.

  2. sfcooper
    sfcooper ·

    Yes this film is pretty easy to find in the UK too. You can pick it up in nearly all Boots for instance. They might only stock the 200 though.

  3. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    I got myself some too! Expired ones~~ I wrote a review as well =)

  4. haziqhashim
    haziqhashim ·

    most of my pictures are taken with this film. cheap but satisfying :)

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