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Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Professional Black & White (Chromogenic C-41) Print Film (ISO-400) USA

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Kodak Professional BW400CN film is a multi-purpose 400-speed black-and-white chromogenic film designed for processing in color negative chemistry and printing on color negative paper.

This film is intended for exposure with daylight, electronic flash, and artificial illumination. You can also obtain pleasing results under other light sources, i.e. illumination in stadiums, without using filters.

This film can be printed on Kodak Professional Portra Endura, Supra Endura and Ultra Endura Papers, as well as other color negative papers.

Replaces the Portra black-and-white film and Kodak TCN
Offers extremely fine grain in a professional chromogenic film
Result is a smooth, neutral tone image with outstanding highlight and shadow detail
Type 35mm black-and-white chromogenic film
Speed ISO 400
Applications Portrait/wedding, commercial and advanced amateur photographers looking for the power of black-and-white imagery coupled with the convenience of using Process C-41 for film and Process RA-4 for color prints
Process Kodak Flexicolor Chemicals for Process C-41; Process this film simultaneously with color negative films
Color Saturation Not Applicable
Grain Extremely fine
Sharpness High
Exposure Latitude Wide
Push/Pull Not Specified by Manufacturer

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KodakBW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film
 
4.7

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (31)
  • Scans well (29)
  • Accurate (27)
  • Good tonal range (25)
  • Reproduces well (21)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photojournalism (27)
    • Travel (23)
    • Artwork (20)
    • Action shots (14)
    • Home (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Buy it before it's gone!

    By Rikky

    from Utah

    Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

    Love this film! So sad that kodak is discontinuing it. It's worked wonderfully for me so far. Little grain, especially for 35mm.

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    5.0

    My favorite film

    By NerderousRage

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Good Tonal Range
    • Reproduces Well
    • Scans Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Action Shots
      • Artwork
      • Home
      • Office
      • Photojournalism
      • Sports Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

      Used in a Pentax SuperProgram and Canon AE-1 Program for hobby shots.

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      5.0

      My favorite B&W C-41 film

      By satmary

      from Southern California

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Consistent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Action Shots
        • Artwork
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

        I'm so happy Kodak decided to make a C-41 B&W because this film looks great in pretty much any situation. It actually looks great when it's slightly underexposed. I really can't think of anything I dislike about it, except maybe making the price closer to something like Ektar.

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        5.0

        Love REAL B&W

        By samsonbmx

        from Anderson Township, Ohio

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Consistent
        • Good Tonal Range
        • Reproduces Well
        • Scans Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

            Although I shoot 90% of the weddings with digital images, I find that I still love the midtones and feel of real B&W film. Kodak BW400CN is lovely and one of my favorites, because I can have it processed where they process color film. I know film is dying, but I hope Kodak continues its legacy with this one.

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            5.0

            Probably my favorite B&W....

            By Alberto Custo

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Consistent
            • Good Tonal Range
            • Reproduces Well
            • Scans Well

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Photojournalism
              • Travel

              Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

              Simply Great!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Outstanding film!

              By Darkroomguy

              from Mass.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Consistent
              • Good Tonal Range
              • Reproduces Well
              • Scans Well

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Action Shots
                • Artwork
                • Home
                • Office
                • Photojournalism
                • Sports Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                This film is an EXCELLENT alternative to black and white if someone can't process at home or finds lab black and white too expensive etc. It is even great to just shoot for the heck of it once in a while. It has a great look to it. The contrast is just right. I wish it was still available in 120!!

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                5.0

                Outstanding

                By lhalcong

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Consistent
                • Good Tonal Range
                • Reproduces Well
                • Scans Well

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                    Sharp, good tones, rich black and whites. I exposed with studio flash , I loved the results. Scans great and sharp.

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                    4.0

                    Quality Modern Film

                    By Roberto Novicini

                    from NYC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Consistent
                    • Scans Well

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photojournalism
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                      Fine grain for mid-priced 400 film. Good enough for 35mm half-frame format.Adequate tonality but the look is a little more "slick" than classic B&W films.It's hard to generalize given the incosistencies of processing, but contrast seems on the higher side. You may want to go easy on the filters for general shooting.Fairly easy to expose. Even when going commando . . . er, meterless (sunny/16 rule) . . . I don't get too many unusable exposures.

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                      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      If you can't process B&W

                      By Jim the Runner

                      from NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                            The film looks fine, but really the only reason I buy this over Tri-X or other B&W films I've been using for decades is ease of commercial processing. However, I've never gotten my film back without a color cast. What color I get, and how strong it is, depends on the processor, but it's always been something. Easy enough to fix digitally but I shouldn't have to. This is not a criticism of the film per se, but if I have to pay relatively high price for the film and take or send it it out to a pro lab to get correct processing, I might as well just use traditional B&W film.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Convenient, good quality but don't push

                            By Andrew Welsh

                            from Rochester, NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Convenient
                            • Good Tonal Range

                            Cons

                            • Doesn't push to 1600 well

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Photojournalism

                            Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                            I tried pushing my test roll to 1600 and it came out rather grainy. Tones were good though. I overexposed a few shots (basically shooting box speed) and they were great. Advice here is: shoot at box speed.Super convenient that I can process this for uber-cheap ($5 a roll) with prints and scans in 1 hour.

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                            5.0

                            Sweet and Simple

                            By Cregg12

                            from Auburn, NY

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tonal Range
                            • Reproduces Well
                            • Scans Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Home

                              Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                              As a just starting out photographer, I'm trying to learn the basics. I used this film with a simple point and shoot camera, and I couldn't be happier with the results. The film really worked well and gave me some great shots with awesome contrasts.

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                              4.0

                              Convenient, but can't be pushed easily

                              By Andrew

                              from Rochester, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Tonal Range

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photojournalism
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                This film is super convenient owing to the C41 processing... but I tried to shoot it at ISO1600 and it gets really muddy and grainy if you push it (according to my experience and others' advice). Apparently this is a good stock to overexpose though. I would definitely use it again, just not in dark caves. Tonal quality seemed good, otherwise. Didn't have that same B&W magic as Tri-X but again, this isn't the best film to push process.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic B&W option

                                By twitch

                                from Australia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tonal Range
                                • Scans Well

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                    This film may not excite the traditionalists, but this is an excellent option in todays world of disappearing film development labs and rising prices. If you want to shoot B&W but don't want to develop at home, then this is an ideal choice. I find it sharp with good contrast. It's more consistant than XP2 IMHO, although XP2 arguably has higher highs and lower lows. I'm not a good enough photographer yet to work out why that is, but this film is able to deliver great images in a wide variety of lighting.

                                    In the meantime I'm loving BW400CN, we can only hope that Kodak doesn't drop it.

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                                    5.0

                                    The finest 400 speed film I've ever used

                                    By Contemplative Imaging

                                    from Chicago, Illinois

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate
                                    • C41 process
                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Tonal Range
                                    • Reproduces Well
                                    • Scans Well

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Action Shots
                                      • Home
                                      • Photojournalism
                                      • Sports Photography
                                      • Street
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                      A few years back, I picked up a role of BW400CN at the local drugstore (back in those wild, crazy days when drugstores still carried 35mm film), and decided to give it a whirl. I was so impressed with the results, it's been my "go to" film ever since. And it's not just my favorite black&white film, but my favorite film of all time, of all the films I've ever used.

                                      The tonal range on this film is the BEST I've ever seen from 35mm. It's just magnificent, and I've had photographers I know compare the results I get with that of medium format cameras and film. It's really, really good.

                                      The grain is very fine, and for the most part, fairly unobtrusive. Scanning will bring it out more than regular printing, but that's true for almost all films. Still, the grain is fine enough to where it's a non-issue for me.

                                      And in terms of scanning, it's great. I scan the negatives with an Canon CanoScan 9000F color flatbed scanner, at 4800 dpi, in grayscale, to a JPEG file, and can live very happily with the results. Sometimes some dodging & burning is needed in Photoshop or Lightroom, but that's true of almost any black and white film. But for the most part, the scans need very little help afterwards, and the high-res JPEG's I get from the Canon are more than good enough for my needs. I know there are some folks who think scanning in color to TIFF files is the better way to go, but honestly the quality difference is so little, that I find it unnecessarily cumbersome.

                                      Compared to the other well like C-41 process black and white film, Ilford's XP2, the Kodak has finer grain and much better tonality. XP2 is more contrasty, and seems to work better on overcast, cloudy days. But when the sun is shining, I much prefer BW400CN.

                                      Of course the best thing of all about this film is that it uses the C-41 process, which means it can be processed at almost any minilab, even those at the corner drugstore. And since most of them still offer one hour processing, the inconvenience factor is quite low.

                                      If you have any interest in 35mm black and white photography at all, I would highly recommend trying at least one role of this film, and see what you think. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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                                      4.0

                                      Fulfilled my goals of simple yet pro

                                      By Fallon

                                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Flexible processing

                                      Cons

                                      • Not a "true" bw film

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Office

                                      Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                      Fulfilled my criteria as a beginner, not that it's a bad film, only that it is not a "true" black and white film in the traditional sense. C-41 is a color print flim developing process, so this film is not treated like a black and white in developing and comes out with purple and sepia tones when processed by most labs. But the general film labs CAN develop it, which is saying something these days.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good film, but not true BW film

                                      By Alexandre Claude

                                      from Montréal, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate
                                      • Consistent
                                      • Good Tonal Range
                                      • Reproduces Well

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Art
                                        • Fun
                                        • Personnal use

                                        Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                        If you are looking for a film cheap to developp beacause it developp as a mainstream color film this film is great. But do not expect the grain of a real BW film, those c41 BW present much less grain.

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                                        5.0

                                        B&W art with C41 ease.

                                        By one eyed jack

                                        from atlanta

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Good Tonal Range

                                        Cons

                                        • 100 asa would be nice

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                          Nicely hits the spot for almost all b&w film needs. Good tonal range. Excellent skin tones. Grain is good. C41 process is very convenient.

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                                          5.0

                                          B&W & C-41 process enough said

                                          By kato

                                          from plainville, ct

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate
                                          • Consistent
                                          • Fairly priced
                                          • Good Tonal Range
                                          • Reproduces Well
                                          • Scans Well

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artwork
                                            • Home
                                            • Office
                                            • Photojournalism
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                            Finer grain than standard 400 speed,
                                            C-41 process darkroom not needed
                                            More C-41 friendly compared to Illford,
                                            produced wonderfull tonal range in albumen alt. photo process,
                                            priced right

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                                            5.0

                                            Great for school photography class

                                            By DJ

                                            from Congers,NY

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Tonal Range
                                            • Reproduces Well

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Action Shots
                                              • Artwork
                                              • Office
                                              • Photojournalism
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                              this was used for a photography class my daughter was taking. The pictures came out beautiful regardless of the subject matter.

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                                              5.0

                                              Just a super product!

                                              By Champlain Jake

                                              from Delaware

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Scans beautifully
                                              • Very consistent

                                              Cons

                                              • None

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artwork
                                              • Nature
                                              • Photojournalism

                                              Comments about Kodak BW400CN 135-36 Black & White Film:

                                              I love this film. Great tonalities, and the ease with which it lends itself to processing in my hybrid workflow. A beautiful film.

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