Kodak Ultramax 400: I See Calm with It!


Kodak Ultramax 400 got its own style or character. With a cheap negative film where you can get it at any shop easily in the world, you can get a blue tinted photo as you use a tungsten film processing in E6. Sometimes the result is far better, no matter in what condition whether in outdoor or indoor.

Last year when I got my own flatbed scanner. The first film I scanned with the scanner was a fresh Kodak Ultramax 400 which I loaded in my all time favorite Lomography camera: the Lomo LC-A+.

The color of the film really held me spellbound. It was awesome as it could get a cool and calm result. Some say it’s as if you’re shooting in Europe. And to me, the color can be compared to Fujichrome 64T when you’re processing in E6. I was satisfied with it. Below was my first roll of Kodak Ultramax 400:

No matter where you shoot it, outdoor or indoor, photos come out with a calm feel to them.

After about a year I didn’t use Kodak Ultramax 400, I tried to shoot it again early in the June. But this time, I used the old Ultramax 400 film expired on 2009. I uses it with the old Germany SLR made by Pentacon: Praktica MTL3 attach with Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 50 mm. Although the film was expired, it did not disappoint me. The outcome really made me list the film as one of my favorite negative films.

The red color of the petals pop out with the blurry background and the mood of the photo seems gloomy. I really fell in love with it!

Above were the photos I took at the market early in the morning. The grain is very fine.

I also tested the power of the bokeh and shallow depth of field with the film. Once again, the outcome totally triggered my adrenaline to shoot with it again!

As a conclusion, Kodak Ultramax 400 is my favorite film which I could get a calm, cool tone. If you’re finding a film which can replace the dead Fujichrome 64T, I suggest you should try Kodak Ultramax 400!

written by bulletofmine on 2011-06-30 #gear #review #color-negative #lomography #cheap-film #user-review #requested #kodak-ultramax #asa-400


  1. naqi
    naqi ·

    slurppp bokeh!

  2. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    yeah ! thanks naqi!

  3. analogmonolog
    analogmonolog ·

    bokehlicious article :)

  4. syafiqmddaud
    syafiqmddaud ·

    nak dekat sama, tapi ade sedikit beza ;p nice review @bulletofmine!

  5. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    @anologmonolog - main bokeh je la ni. heheh

    @syafiqmddaud - mmg la, tu film professional ni working class hero je . hhahahah

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