Kodak Color 200-8
Kodak Color 200-8
Every now and then we find the Kodak Color 200 (Kodak 200-8) offered as a discount film on the shelves of the shops. It is often offered as an alternative to Kodak Gold (Kodak 200-7).
At some point I took the Kodak Color 200 with me and waited for an opportunity to use it. And the opportunity came.
Kodak Color 200 in our Test
With us, practice comes before laboratory
I actually use the Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Ektar in analog photography when choosing color films. But the Kodak Color 200-8 has long made me curious. A certain retro charm would perhaps suit the upcoming queens visit from Denmark. After all, the occasion is historical: it is about the 100th anniversary of the democratically determined border between Denmark and Germany.
A very classic color film
Polite to the shadow. Exciting to the sun.
We are in Flensburg. The rain doesn’t want to stop. Numerous roads are closed, because Queen Magarethe of Denmark completes numerous appointments in the city. She recalls that Flensburg was still part of Denmark at the time of her grandfather. A lot has happened since then. And the Danish queen is today the queen of hearts in Schleswig-Holstein. Because here in the border area in particular there is a deep bond between Denmark and Germany.
Sunny weather would have been better suited to the situation, but at least the sun can be seen at least occasionally. If not as often as Queen Magarethe.
In these weather changes, I wind the Kodak Color 200-8 in my Leica M7 and am curious. Both the results and the Danish queen.
Waiting for the queen
Gray. Rain. Sun.
Find the right place. Which direction will it come from? How is the light? Have a plan for the first picture. And already have a point of view for the next picture. Have a motive in front of your eyes without seeing it. Have chosen a lens that does justice to the local situation. And a film that I don’t know. Time? Just seconds. Just a chance.
The best Moment
no second chance
The first pictures crouch, then to the next point when the queen comes back. Wait again. Watch the environment. Looking for a new point of view and having my motive in mind again.
At that moment I was hiding that something might not work. It will be. Then the column of cars builds up. It gets restless. Just seconds again. To press the trigger at the right moment. One time.
“The Kodak Color 200-8 really surprised me. Neutral, colorful in the sun, discreetly colored in a gray environment and shadows still drawn through. "
A true queen
An hour and five pictures later
The nice thing about analog photography is that you hold back on the shutter release. The pictures don’t get any worse. I just watch more intensely. And I simply have more time in post-processing. Because I don’t have to sort out.
The Kodak Color 200 reproduced exactly the mood that I wanted.
No, the Kodak Color 200 is not the queen of the films, but it has given the queen worthy again and has given me a lively report. In all situations of daylight.