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Kodak Gold 200 – Reliable and Underated

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.

Taken in low light in my bathroom.
Argus C3
Taken in low light in my bathroom.
Canon TX
Taken at sundown on my back porch
Nikon F

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.

Taken in full sunlight
Fuji Discovery Zoom Date
Taken with full sunlight coming through the window
Canon TX
Canon TX
Nikon FTn
Action Shot
Canon TX
Texture
Canon TX
Nikon FTn

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.

Nikon FTn
Canon TX

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.

For more of my photography taken with Kodak Gold 200 and other films, please visit my portfolio website and my Instagram.

10 thoughts on “Kodak Gold 200 – Reliable and Underated

  1. I have some cheap favourites and some expensive favourites (aka treats). For colour, ColorPlus 200 (cheap) and Portra 400 and Ektar 100 (expensive). For BnW, Ilford FP4 and HP5 (cheap) and Fuji Acros (expensive). I also love Rollei Retro 80S which is kind of in between.

      1. Hmm sounds like you metered right, not sure what happened! I can think of a few possibilities: the meter wasn’t accurate or was confused by stray light, inaccurate shutter (firing at a faster speed), developing error, scanning error… hard to say what it was really. To be fair, in my experience, Rollei Retro is a bit unforgiving, both with respect to highlights and shadows: overexposure blows the highlights and underexposure crushes the shadows… but it still shouldn’t be as dark as you describe. But when you get it right, I think it looks great. I took this photo of St Paul’s on Rollei Retro 80s.

  2. I was shooting a lot of Fuji C200 and Kodak ColorPlus 200 last year, and unfortunately their prices are going up. Then there was a crazy clearance sale at Walgreen’s pharmacies on Gold 200 and I bought a bunch of it and fridged it. I used a roll last month and loved the results. It’s got a nice warm tone. Works really well for autumn foliage shots.

  3. I consider it pure snobbery anytime someone looks down on films like KG 200 (or Fujicolor 200). These are fine general-purpose films with good color. Fujicolor 200 is the one I lean on most and I’ve done some of my best work with it.

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