Kodak Gold 100 vs Kodak Bright Sun vs Kodak High Definition Colour Film

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Graham Fountain, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. Normally the only kodak colour film that I see in shops here is "Kodak
    Bright Sun 100" or "Kodak High Definition" film. I have used these common
    Kodak films and hated them - horrible colours, horrible grain. I normally
    use Fuji Superia 100 (occassionally 400) for my everyday shooting, as I
    liked it's colours and it has a nice fine grain.
    Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I was in a small town and needed some film -
    the only shop in town was a kodak only shop, no fuji stuff at all, and they
    had these usual kodak films, but also had some very cheap rolls of "Kodak
    Gold 100". This film doesn't have the usual cardboard covering, just a
    plastic film canister. The 35mm cartridge on some of them was a bit
    scratched etc, so I was suspect it was old stock. But it was very cheap, so
    I grabbed a couple of rolls (along with a few rolls of their slide film
    since I hate their normal consumer films so much). Well what can I say but
    it blew me away - gorgeous colours, fine grain, good detail in shadows and
    highlights - far nicer than any consumer grade film that I have ever tried.
    I have searched for it on Kodak's website (suspecting maybe it was a pro
    film) and haven't found anything. I have since asked other retailers about
    it and they give dumb looks. This morning I was passing through the town
    again and they still had some so I grabbed several rolls - I asked the lady
    behind the counter about it, and she didn't know how it fitted in the range,
    she just knew it was cheap and that it was a limited special buy they got.

    Does anyone know how this film fits into Kodak's range? is it discontinued?
     
    Graham Fountain, Oct 4, 2004
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  2. Graham Fountain

    parv Guest

    Kodak Gold 100 was/is the consumer line of film. It (at least the
    name, can't say about emulsion) had been running for quite some time
    at least since late 80s. After it, i think, "Max" marquee came out
    (to replace plain Gold 400).


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    parv, Oct 4, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    For the US at least, Gold/Royal Gold don't appear on the Kodak site anymore.

    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2/3/9/543/1094/1143&pq-locale=en_US
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 4, 2004
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  4. : Graham Fountain wrote:

    : > Does anyone know how this film fits into Kodak's range? is it discontinued?
    : >

    Kodak Gold 100 used to be the name of Kodak's standard (non-T-grain) ISO
    100 consumer film. At around here (Champaign-Urbana IL, USA), it's still
    available at most large discount stores. A pack of 4 24 exposure roles
    costs about $6 to $7.

    : For the US at least, Gold/Royal Gold don't appear on the Kodak site anymore.

    : http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2/3/9/543/1094/1143&pq-locale=en_US

    If you go to the data sheet for Kodak Bright Sun 100 speed film,
    it says "Kodak Bright Sun Film / GA, Kodak Gold 100 Film / GA".
    This indicates that Kodak has just renamed the film, but not discontinued
    it.

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/products/techInfo/e2328/e2328.shtml

    Warren B. Hapke


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    Warren B. Hapke, Oct 4, 2004
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    Jeremy Guest

    Kodak Gold 100 used to be the name of Kodak's standard (non-T-grain) ISO
    I found it in case lots at a local discount grocer in Philadelphia, packed 4
    rolls to a box, at $2.99 per box. I picked up 4 boxes (16 rolls) and I
    haven't yet tried it.

    My understanding is that this film replaced Kodacolor (or was it called
    Kodacolor-II?) in the mid 1980s. Someone on this NG commented on it awhile
    back that this was Kodak's entry to compete with very low priced or private
    label consumer films. I do not believe that Kodak goes out of their way to
    advertise this film in the USA.

    I am surprised to read the OP's comment that this film is superior to the
    T-grain emulsions that are Kodak's current standard consumer offerings.
     
    Jeremy, Oct 4, 2004
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  6. Yeah it was the US site that I had been searching for it. The Australian
    Kodak site is broken - any place where you can choose film from their
    product listing it takes you back to their home page. I have heard people
    saying that Kodak have totally stopped doing film in Australia - I don't
    know if it is just a rumour or not but a lot of people have told me that. I
    did know that a few months ago they stopped doing Kodachrome in Australia,
    and the one lab here that could process it no longer does. There's only a
    couple of labs in my entire state that do E-6 processing now too - as much
    as I hate it to admit it, maybe film is almost dead.
     
    Graham Fountain, Oct 4, 2004
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    mjmm Guest

    I rang the free Kodak number a few weeks ago and was told about the
    withdrawl of Kodachrome from the Australian market and the closure of
    Kodachrome processing, any prepaid Kodachrome sent to them will be
    passed on to their processing plant in Switzerland. They said other
    Kodak films are not affected, I sent a roll of Elitechrome to Kodak
    for processing a couple of days ago. The minilab that sent it say
    there are no changes with processing it.

    Mike

     
    mjmm, Oct 5, 2004
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