Kodak Professional BW400CN Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

Kodak Professional BW400CN Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

Kodak Professional BW400CN Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

B&H # KOBW400CN36 MFR # 1629617

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  • Panchromatic B&W Chromogenic Neg. Film
  • ISO 400/27° in C-41 Process
  • T-GRAIN Emulsion, Very Fine Grain
  • High Sharpness and Broad Tonal Range
  • For RA-4 Color Printing Process
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Kodak BW400CN Overview

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Kodak Professional BW400CN is a high-speed chromogenic black and white negative film designed to be processed in C-41 chemistry and printed on RA-4 color papers. While designed within a color process, the film offers smooth and neutral black and white tonality with notable highlight and shadow detail. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27° and features Kodak's T-GRAIN emulsion for high sharpness and a very fine grain structure. The film is especially well-suited to portrait and wedding photography, as well as commercial and general use applications. It is intended for exposure under daylight-balanced lighting, however can be exposed under other light sources without filtration.

This item is one 36-exposure roll of 35mm film.

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Kodak BW400CN Specs

Film Type Panchromatic black and white chromogenic negative film
Film Format 35 mm (36 exposures)
Sensitivity ISO 400/27°
Process C-41
Base 5.1 mil / 0.13 mm-thick acetate base
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.08 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.3 x 1.5 x 1.5"

Kodak BW400CN Reviews

Professional BW400CN Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you can't process B&W 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.
Date published: 2012-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality Modern 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.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from B+W made convinience with 1 hour lab I always like B+W photo. However, I do not have a dark room at home, and at my place there's ZERO lab doing B+W processing. I'm stuck with this option. I think it's more grainny than Fuji Neopan 400, and it produces a sepia like print when printed on colour paper. But it's very sharp and honestly I like the grain. (I used to push Neopan 400 to 1600 just to make it extra grainny) The largest I've printed is 11x14, and the quality is very good! Just hope there'll be a big enough market to sustain the continuous production of this film. Also, I would like to try an ISO100 BW too.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, no-hassle B&W Black & white purists may turn up their noses at color-process (C-41) monochrome films, but I swear by them. In particular, I've used Kodak CN400 for years. Why?- The convenience and low cost of C-41 developing. Use .... Use .... Heck, use your drug store.- Crisp images. I respect those who prefer the tonality of true B&W, but I also recognize that preference as simply that--a preference. I happen to like the look of the film.I'm not a pro. I wouldn't even call myself an advanced amateur. Just a guy who likes to shoot and is trying to learn what we can from B&W. Kodak's film has taught me a lot.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't beat the convenience What to do with a fine film camera system? Rather than let it collect dust in the closet, get some of this film and head out to a favorite photo location. Although the results you will get from it will never equal what you get with slow b & w film processed in your own darkroom, I was surprised at the fine grain and how satisfying the images were on my first roll. I would expect to do even better with a pro scan rather than what you get at the one hour lab. There is a greenish color cast, but it's easy to remove with PS. Would definitely buy again.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic B&W option 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.
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great film, fine grain I used to use this film for all of my b/w work. I started using the film when it first came out. I love the blacks/whites, the grain and the contrast of the film. I would use this film for outdoor work and indoors shooting models with. Add a yellow filter when shooting and the film has great contrast. I stopped using this film and went back to regular b/w film. I have tried other brands of b/w film and I have come back to the Kodak CN. I was not happy with the contrast of the other films, they were either to little contrast or way to much contrast. I also was not happy with the grain of the other 400 speed films, which reminded me of why I left them. The Kodak 400CN has fine grain, strong blacks and whites. I have not found another film which matches the grain in the 400 speed.
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Try it You'll like it! After scanning a lifetime of black and white negitaves for an entire rainy weekend, I got the urge to shoot B&W again. I really wanted to try a modern 35 mm canera so I bought a F100 Nikon to match my modern lens. Shooting the same black and white film today (Plus X, Tri-X) can be an issue unless you want to send the film off for development or do it yourself. BW400CN solves that issue by using the C41 process for development. Most any one hour development shop can accommodate this film. Results are just amazing, I couldn't be happier with the output. The negatives produce a full range of greys. Prints made were just what I wanted. I'm keeping BW400CN in my kit and often shoot both B&W film and digital color. As I said, try it you'll like it.
Date published: 2009-10-13
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