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Kodak Gold 200 Film Discontinued?

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I got a hot tip yesterday from the /r/analogcommunity on Reddit┬áthat Kodak Gold 200 film was on a serious discount at Walgreen’s pharmacies across the U.S.A.

Averaging between $4.79-$12 for a 3-pack of 24 exposure rolls, the clearance price varies from decent to “gotta grab it” levels of bargain basement insanity. I spent an hour yesterday afternoon driving to my area Walgreen’s and while some had already sold out, I managed to find five packs. Only one was expired.

Walgreen’s clearance has everyone speculating that Kodak could be discontinuing the Gold 200 line of film stock, perhaps leaving only ColorPlus 200 and Ultramax 400 for user-grade films?

I’ve never shot Gold 200 before. I’ve seen some nice work with it online, but honestly for a 200 ISO film it was simply too expensive compared to the ColorPlus 200 and Fujifilm C200 I was able to snag online. C200 seems to be getting rarer, and if Gold will truly be discontinued then I’m glad I’ll have a little stockpile in my fridge.

My hope is that Kodak is simply discontinuing 3-Packs of it. Inexpensive film is a good gateway to photographers who are either discovering or returning to film photography, and at least where I am it’s near impossible to find Kodak ColorPlus 200 anywhere but online. I hear it’s more of a European product? I’m sure there are business reasons behind it, but I hope they maintain at least one cheapo stock alongside the Portas and Ektars for higher-end use.

If you’re reading this and dig on Gold, go check out your local Walgreens. Kodak Gold 200 apparently produces very rich reds and yellows, so I’m anticipating some nice Autumn foliage shots when I load it up.

2 thoughts on “Kodak Gold 200 Film Discontinued?”

  1. Not long ago my nearby Meijer (a big-box competitor to Walmart in the midwest) put multipacks of Fujicolor 200 on deep discount. I feared this spelled the end of film at Meijer. Instead, two weeks later the film appeared *in redesigned packaging* in the same place on the shelf. Wonder if something similar could be happening with KG200.

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    1. That’s good news for Fujifilm fans. I’ve also heard it might have just been the “3-packs” of 24 exp rolls that Kodak is discontinuing, because it is more cost effective to sell singles of the 36exp. I hope this is the case, but I now have a little stash in case they do stop manufacturing it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

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