It isn’t often (if ever) that a film comes along and stops me in my tracks. In fact, I can’t think of a time that one ever has. Some have come close but this one stopped me dead in my tracks. The film, of course is Kodak SO-2238, a film originally intended for archiving motion pictures.
I was lucky enough to be gifted a roll from a friend in the Negative Positives Podcast Facebook group (Thank you Jr Wyatt)! I decided a quick Sunday morning walk around town would be a good test for this film so I loaded it in my Nikon F4 set the ISO to 20 (the film can be rated anywhere from 6-25 ISO) and headed out. While I was disappointed in the overcast weather, the film handled it quite well.
I shot the roll with my Nikon F4 and Tamron 35-80 CF Marco and developed it in Xtol 1:1 for 12 minutes at 68F. Very minor edits were made in Lightroom, mainly to clean up dust and very slight (if any) curves adjustment. To say that I’m pleased with the results would be an understatement. The rich tones and tight grain structure of the negatives could almost fool you into thinking you had shot your images with a digital camera.
The film can be had for a song in both 36 exposure rolls and bulk reels for those that roll their own. Either way you get it you are getting more than you paid for. It certainly is a stock I will always have in my fridge ready to do.