Reviewing a film stock, at least in the way I do it, is not a scientific process. There are so many variables at play when you shoot a roll of film that while it’s not impossible to produce a comparison review using scientific methods, it would be very difficult for any reader to replicate these results effectively.
As a result, when I read up about a film, all I’m looking for is an idea of which colours it renders well and a few samples of it in use.
The only other information I’m after is whether or not shoot it at box speed, but I’ve never read any advice that wasn’t: expose it at box speed and then try overexposing it if you don’t like the results. Still, I look for this every time.
If that sounds like the sort of thing you’re looking for then you’ve come to the right place.
What is Kodak Colorplus?
Rather unhelpfully, Kodak don’t even list Colorplus on their website. I can find no mention of it on the official Kodak site, no useful data sheet, no examples of images taken with the film. If you’ve found this page through Googling, then that’s probably why you’re here.
Kodak Colorplus is the cheapest film that Kodak produces. It comes in 24 shot and 36 shot varieties, and in the UK you can pick up a roll of 24 for about £3 a pop, which is about the same price as Fujicolor C200.
Why shoot it?
For the way I shoot, Kodak Colorplus is a far superior film to Fujicolor C200. The colours suit the subjects I like to shoot, skin tones are so much nicer than the purple/pink mess you get from C200, and there’s very little coldness even in shadows. I’m not really looking for saturated greens in most of my photography, and would much prefer a yellow hue.
Well Kodak Colorplus offers me this in spades. With budget films it seems like a good tactic to use the colour scheme on the box to judge what you’re likely to get on the colour spectrum. Colorplus’ is red and yellow.
Colorplus at box speed (I’ve not deliberately overexposed this film yet, so I’ll have to update this post at a later date once I have) offers lovely warm tones. Greens are fairly muted, yellows and reds are vibrant without being too loud. One thing to be aware of is that it can get pretty grainy.
I’ve also not shot this with a flash, so I’ll update this review accordingly once I have.
Kodak Colorplus is my favourite budget film by far. It’s cheap, it’s warm and nostalgic, and it’s pretty good in a variety of situations. I’m told it’s not that easy to get hold of in the US, but if it’s easy for you to try and you haven’t already then I would recommend picking up a brick of six and seeing how you get on with it. Hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do.