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 inexpensive 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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A versatile film best used outdoors

Rated 4 out of 5
November 30, 2021

I love Kodak Ultramax. It is versatile and affordable. Similar to its younger brother Kodak Gold 200, it has a golden-yellow hue to the pictures. I highly recommend shooting this film during golden hour. One thing to keep in mind however, is that the film is quite grainy. It is very different from Kodak Portra but very similar to Kodak Gold. In fact, I will just go ahead and say Ultramax looks like a grainier version of Kodak Gold. I would use ultramax for street shooting, golden hour landscapes/portraits, and general use for pretty much everything else that is relatively well lit. 4/5 because it is a little too grainy for my taste


Inexpensive greatness

Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2020

A lovely film. The pictures are sharp, it brings out the colors nicely even in terrible lights, and its greens are mesmerizing. Its grainyness creates a nice retro vibe to the pictures as well.

Tamás Kiss-Polgárdi


Rated 5 out of 5
October 3, 2020

I haven’t had a bad experience with this film! I love the grainy effect, and with the right camera, your pictures will come out sharp and nearly perfect.

Grace Rose