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09-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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Target clearancing Kodak Gold 200, worth buying?

I hope so because I bought it. Actually all of it.
They seem to be done carrying it, still carry the Kodak max 400 or whatever you call it.
They were clearancing (is that even a word?) the 24 exposure 3 packs for $5.04 a box. I wasn't sure how good a deal this is, and I forget whether or not I like this film (I know its no high class stuff) so I just bought all 6 boxes they had at that store. 4 expire end of 2013 and 2 expire end of 2014 (the ones in front of course because nobody back stocks).

So was this a worthy buy? I asked myself if 72 color exposures were worth $5.32 including tax (with no shipping like I would have online) and the answer was yes. That and my Super Program will be back soon from Eric to compliment the K1000. Normally I'm a 400 ISO guy but I tend to drop to 200 when its cheap film because I like wheat bread grain in pics, not hearty high fiber whole grain which tends to be where cheap 400 sits.

It helps that same Target develops and scans film still for pocket change (about $3.50 a roll developed and scanned) so I will be shooting the piss out of this stuff since they keep telling me they will be done developing film soon but they never get a certain date from corporate. It think they are slowly using up the remaining chemical stock and selling off the mini labs when they can find buyers but aren't rushing it.

This is either the Kodak 200 or 400 (which I only ever bought one box of I think) developed and scanned by that Target. Looks fine to me. EDIT: actually I just noticed my horizon is REALLY crooked, what the hell was I thinking. An I keep forgetting we have an actual film forum farther down, I'm sure someone will move this if anyone cares.



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09-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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Good deal, I like that film despite its limitations.

My Target stopped processing film earlier this year. I wouldn't be surprised if yours stops soon.

(My Target also guaranteed to mess up development, every single time, so good riddance)
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Just make sure to keep the film in the freezer until you use it. It'll keep for years after the expiration date.
And for best results, I'd suggest finding a real photofinishing place at which to have the film processed and scanned. You'll likely get much better results that way.
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I'm not sure its worth the rather ridiculous costs that real places charge considering the price and quality of this film, they have done very well with all the BW400CN that I sent them before I started setting the darkroom up and the several rolls of color so far, so I trust them to manage these. No need to freeze it, this will be gone in a year tops, probably much less. I plan to use at least 1 roll a week if possible to take advantage of it while they still do developing, I think this store was lower on the priority list for selling off the mini lab because more people around here still use it and the nearest photo place is an hour away.

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Kodak introduced it's new, reformulated versions of its KODAK GOLD 100/200 consumer films at the 2007 PMA Show. I've seen some nice, natural results from some of the posts here on PF.
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I have a supply of it that I use in my Olympus XA (got it on sale at Target) and for the price you quoted, it is well worth it. Gold 200 is a decent film and scans nicely. Here are a few examples taken with the XA:

I'm So Outta' Here...


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BTW...both my Target and my Walgreens still develop and sell film and the techs at both stores report that business is pretty steady. We are sooo deviant here in the Northwest.
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my walgreens here in alabama - where two of the techs are very well trained - does a good job. the manager told me that as their machinery is long paid for, he can't imagine his store giving up processing for a long time. he figures 4-5 years minimum.
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Funny, though I could always find 100 and 400 ISO color negative film I like
I've never been pleased with any brand 200 speed C41 film I have tried...

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Very few high end lines of film were made in 200 now that I think about it. Most did tend to jump from 100 to 400, especially now.

Already shot 2 rolls, working on a 3rd. I am working within its ISO limitations but I am totally a 400 ISO guy, I find myself using the A50 1.4 with this stuff a lot more for its extra speed.
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Just for comparison purposes, B&H's film selection from the cheapest...

Roll Film | B&H Photo Video
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Just found it for $4.18/ 3 roll box. I grabbed all four boxes
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I've always found Kodak Gold to be a pretty solid.
edit: picture linking broke

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Note that Kodak Gold 100 is also among the cheapest.

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