Review: Kodak Hi-Def 400 Film

I made a big mistake in picking this film to shoot the November 8th Lunar Eclipse!

This film was way too sensitive and I was shooting with a 45-135mm f/3.5 zoom lens, wide open bracketing between 1/1250 and 1 second and in every instance the moon washed out!

One thing I could clearly see on these prints that I couldnít see with my eye were stars near the moon.

With my eye the color of the moon was a muddy gray-orange, whereas these pictures are vividly bright orange.

These pictures were take just prior to totality, during totality and after totality.

In the past I had used 100 and 200 speed color print film with a 300mm lens and got excellent pictures.

With this film in the longer exposures (around Ĺ a second) you can see the red and blue colors of the film grains that are large and distinct. The sky was solid black to my eye and while a bit of gray-blue is normal in taking astro-photos I was terribly disappointed in the results from this film.

This is a crop of the upper left of the top picture. Those speckles in the background are the grains, although some distortion from my scanner and photo processing tools add to the colors you see. The bright small specks are from the stars whose light was captured by the film.

Normal pictures in normal light will probably show similar large grain structure, but for astronomical photographs this film is a total no-no! Far worse than the old Ansco Chrome 500 film. I probably should have known better, but didnít! Next time I take eclipse pictures it will be with 100 or 200 speed film so that the surface features of the moon come out with more detail and less over exposure.

This film is very, very fast in speed and far too grainy for any use other than taking pictures in extremely low light. Even though you will probably find the large grains annoying.

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