Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/08

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Subject: [Leica] Mysterious Kodak film
From: dorysrus at (Don Dory)
Date: Tue Jun 8 20:41:42 2004

The British magazine, "Practical Photography", did a test maybe four
years ago.  At that time it was a different emulsion designed to sell in
grocery stores and drug stores.  The found larger dye clumps and less
sharpness than T400 or Portra: in general it was a very inferior film.

This year Kodak has come out with a similarly named film that is in fact
a rework of their Portra film.  If the film you bought has a long
expiration date then it will be the good stuff, on the other hand, if it
expires in eight to twelve months then it is probably the old stuff.

In any case, the previous advice to downrate the film to 200 and not
print it in the darkroom are good suggestions.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf
Of Peter Dzwig
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 12:37 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: [Leica] Mysterious Kodak film

Dear LUGgers,

rushing through the airport with my newly returned IIIf I grabbed for
some B&W 
in Boots (large national pharmacy chain) and picked up three rolls of a
film labelled "Kodak Black & White + 400". Cat no is 377 9360; BWC

[Yeah OK guys, I know about grabbing film at the last moment, but I had
one roll 
of T400CN and the flight was early.]

It isn't T400CN, nor BW400CN as far as I can see from Kodak's site. What
is it?

I am sure _SOMEONE_ on the LUG will know. Interestingly the copyright
date on 
the package is 2000!!!

Many thanks,

Peter Dzwig

PS It went in the camera OK.  I will think about showing you when I get
results back :-)

PPS Was very pleased by the reverential comments from two Frenchman in
places about Leicas!

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