KODAK PROFESSIONAL BW400CN film is a multi-purpose, black-and-white chromogenic film designed for processing in color negative chemistry. Different from traditional black-and-white films, it provides the elegance of black-and-white imagery with the convenience of printing on color negative paper. BW400CN provides extremely fine grain, outstanding highlight and shadow detail, and a smooth neutral tone scale. The film simplifies the way photographers make and sell high-quality black-and-white prints, and it can be developed in any professional lab or retail establishment running a C-41 Process.
I like this film but probably prefer Tri-x better but this is easier to get processed. Nice even tones though.
I have used this product extensively - mainly with a Nikon F3 or Nikon F100 - in bright daylight and also in poor lighting. The quality of print is consistently good. Sharp, great contrast and definition. It scans beautifully too. The ease of processing is another plus that makes this a good film to have in my bag.
With the ability to be pushed or pulled it is by far the best chromogenic film on the market today. It responds well with the use of red and yellow filters however exposure times must be calculated to avoid under-exposure.
This is great for when you want a black and white film you can get developed anywhere via C-41. Fine grain and good response, plus relatively high speed (ISO 400) makes it a good choice for a general film. It does have an orange mask for printing, but when scanned this is easier to color balance out than any color print film, because you already know it should scan as panchromatic.
Kodak BW400CN is my everyday film. It is easy to get developed locally at places that develop C-41 film; with traditional film, I have to send those out of state for developing. I found that BW400CN can be overexposed at ISO 100 to ISO 1600. I accidently overexposed BW400CN at 100 when I forgot to change the ISO after shooting Kodak T-Max 100 and the images turned out good and I intentionally underexposed it at ISO 1600 and the images were great. I first used BW400CN for the final Space Shuttle landing and I rediscovered that B&W has a classic look, a beauty about the photographs. The tonal quality is variable and I haven't been able to put my finger on the why. I can get a lot of photographs that look like traditional B&W, other times, the images come back with a sepia tone.
It does the job at a good price. Even for the amuter photographer.
I love this film. Plenty of film processing locations. So, good to use when traveling. Wide range on same roll, have shot multiple ISO from 200 to 800 with normal processing with good results. Digital lite. Not much contrast when scanned; performs well with filters similar to standard B&W. Printing on color paper does give print a slightly warm cast. Haven't tried printing on B&W paper.
Great product. I use it mostly for photographing children.
I develop at [...] and ask that the negatives be un-cut. Then I scan at 9600x9600 GS with all options off. Then do minimal gradient map post-processing in Photoshop.
I think this film is great! I first bought some at a drug store because it said it could be processed C-41, the same as color. I thought that was a cool feature. It's hard to find a place where I live that processes B&W film, and its usually more expensive than color. Works great in my Minolta SLR and the photos look excellent! I highly recommend it!