Kodak Gold 200 is my go-to film. I run it through cameras I am testing, and I use it for my everyday shooting. It’s one of the most affordable films out there, but that’s not the only reason I love using it. It also is very versatile.
Dispite its low ISO speed of 200, I have found it holds up pretty well in low lighting, even indoors.
This film really shines in full sunlight. It has great color that isn’t too saturated like Kodak Ultramax, and the colors are well balanced. I don’t find that one color gets more saturation than another.
Kodak Gold 200 also works well for portraits. Now I have not shot with Portra yet as of the writing of this blog, so I can’t compare it to the champion of portraits, but I really like the results I have gotten with it.
My favorite shots have been taken with this film, and I will definitely continue to shoot with it. I recommend you do the same. Especially if you are new to photography, or still learning like me, this film is great because in the beginning you will burn through rolls of film like crazy and many of the pictures may not be too great. With that in mind, you don’t want to be spending a ton of money on film on top of the cost of development.
I know I’m gushing over this film, and most photographers will probably think I’m crazy, but it checks all my boxes. Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to try other films. It’s part of what I love about film photography, but I had to take a moment to give some props to this underated and in my opinion, underappreciated film.
Do you like Kodak Gold? What’s your favorite go-to film and why? Let me know in the comments.