Kodak Ultramax 400 - Film Review

Ultramax 400
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Rated 3 out of 5
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Rated 3.8 out of 5
TypeC-41 Negative
Brand Kodak
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GrainFine - Coarse
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This color negative film is a great alternative to more expensive Portra 400.  It has very high exposure latitude, strong saturation, medium to high contrast, and its grain is more noticeable than pro grade film but is still very good looking.  Its a versatile film, good for daylight and lowlight shooting.  Like most Kodak, its warm tones make it good portrait film and it’s strong saturation works well for landscapes as sell. In our opinion, this film is one of the best budget films and is great for beginners since it does so well with over exposure.  

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Rated 4.4 out of 5
4.4 out of 5 stars (based on 13 reviews)
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Rated 3 out of 5
March 20, 2023

It’s better than Fujifilm’s consumer stocks, but that’s not saying much really. Ultramax is a bad film stock in poor lighting. Even the slightest underexposure is a real killer in my opinion. You have to shoot this in bright full daylight/bright golden hour settings. Even then you can feel underwhelmed by it’s weird desaturated and muted tones in certain shots compared to the Porta stocks and Gold. Overall I feel it’s a lackluster option compared to Kodak Gold which I believe is the more comparable alternative in terms of pricing and use.

Nathan P.


Rated 5 out of 5
December 22, 2022


Jivan Dnyandev kapse

Good daily shooter

Rated 4 out of 5
June 2, 2022

Overall, I really enjoy this film. The 400 speed means it can handle most situations well, and I think it does the “Kodak” look the best. I also personally enjoy the slightly grainier look this film has. Definitely a good daily film, and a good one to start out on!

Kyle Wright