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    Lower cost color film for my daughter to learn on

    Well, Kat (as we call her) is 9 and I can see this summer we're going to be doing some photography together finally. She is showing an interest. I went to B&H's web site to look at some film, and see they no longer sell Kodak Gold 100, which was what I was going to start her out on. This is for 35mm, Minolta SLR. They do have an ISO 200 Kodak film, but a reviewer says, "remember this is not Gold 200". What is it then?

    Does anyone have a suggestion for a lower cost color neg film to start her out on? Something she could burn through 20 rolls or so and not destroy the bank. We will get the processing/prints done at Costco for now; they use Fuji Crystal Archive, so at least that's something; it's close and quite reasonable cost. When she gets proficient with the camera and composing, etc, then I will get her either some Ektar or Portra160 depending on what she likes to shoot the best at that time, and see if she can notice the difference. Thanks for any suggestions on a start film in 2013!

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    I would ignore what ever that reviewer wrote. It doesnt get more basic than Kodak Gold and certainly Gold 200 is just as "Gold" as any other film sold by Kodak labeled Gold.

    Start her off on Gold.

    Edit: Fuji Superia 400 is only $1.79 a roll for 24 exposures. ISO400 film gives your 9 year old more shutter speed which is probably one of the most important things for a youngster to have. I'd consider using that film.

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    Here in Europe Fuji c200 is cheap as chips, just bought a load of rolls for round about 2 euros per roll, dunno how it is in the US but I have a feeling you should be able to get that film for cheap somewhere..

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    If I didn't already have a hundred rolls in the fridge I'd bid on this.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fujifilm-Sup...item3382602c4c

    Or

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/60x-rolls-Fu...item3a815e7b47

    Or

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fujicolor-Su...item232b1192d6

    While I will buy fresh Portra 400 or Fuji Pro 400H to shoot a wedding for a paying client the deals above are just fine for most anything including those weddings. As I would expect the Gold 200 at B&H to be.

    I would suggest that 400 speed film is more fun to shoot, I'd start there regardless of brand.
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    I second Fujifilm Superia 400. Cheap, versatile, readily available, and 400 is just a good all-around film speed.

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    Als6 sniff around what Ultrafine Online is flogging. Usually a deal on short rolls, etc.

    I buy from them even when I have to pay separate shipping. I recall their US domestic price includes shipping.
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    You might check out Walmart. They have fuji film that is not bad price wise.

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    The Fuji film from Walmart is the aforementioned Fuji Superia. Great stuff for the price.

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    B&H has Gold 400 for something like $2.50 a roll, which isn't too bad, if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    I would ignore what ever that reviewer wrote. It doesnt get more basic than Kodak Gold and certainly Gold 200 is just as "Gold" as any other film sold by Kodak labeled Gold.
    I wouldn't. I can assure you that the review mentioned knows of what he wrote. What B&H delivers is ColorPlus 200, which has very different characteristics and edge markings that "real Kodak Gold". Ask me how I know.

    Kodk Gold 200 is a fantastic film. ColorPlus has more grain and a muted color palatte. (Some people like it; not me, though).

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