Kodak 5207 250D

Leica M7; Leica 18mm Super-Elmar-M; Kodak Vision3 250D (5207)
Leica M7; Leica 18mm Super-Elmar-M; Kodak Vision3 250D (5207)

Ever since I started shooting Cinema film I’ve enjoyed the colour tones it gives me. I use Tungsten balanced film primarily and Kodak 5230 500T is by far my favourite. Which apparently now is discontinued. When it comes to daylight balanced film I’ve always struggled a little. Whenever I shot it at 200ASA I’ve found that the images tended to sway too much into the yellow/red and even after post processing, I was never really happy with the palette it gave me. Hence why I would shoot 500T with an 85B warming filter.

Recently I threw a mystery roll of film into my M7, which I figured may have been 250D, and rated it at 100ASA. I figured it hasn’t been refrigerated and it’s been sitting in my film cabinet for around two years. So as a “safety” I rated it slower. To my surprise, when I finally developed the roll, I was quite pleased with the colour rendition it produced. Grain wasn’t heavy handed, and general tones felt more natural. Pastel like in a way, reminds me a lot of Kodak Portra 400. I’ve found a few more rolls, which I seem to have labeled with some black gaffer tape, so I’ll shoot them over the next few weeks.

-Dominic

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