Kodak Professional BW400CN Film is Discontinued

Kodak BW400CN

This one is hard for me to believe, but Kodak has officially discontinued its BW400CN film. The great thing about Kodak BW400CN film was that it was readily available everywhere and could be developed anywhere you could develop color prints because it was C-41 process compatible.

I bought many rolls of BW400CN off the shelves of Wal-mart over the years. In fact, I still have some unexposed rolls in my fridge next to my last roll of HIE-135 infrared film, which was discontinued back in 2007.


I just can’t bring myself to shoot that last roll of HIE film. Fortunately, for those still shooting film, there is plenty of BW400CN still on store shelves today.

While our digital cameras are awesome and I have no desire to go back to the troubles of shooting film on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean that we won’t miss those old friends once they’re gone for good.

For now, you can still find Kodak BW400CN here at B&H Photo. And if you are looking for an alternative C-41 process black and white film, Ilford still makes the Ilford XP-2 Super 135.



  1. forkboy1965 says

    It’s funny how attached we can become to the older method even if we would not wish to return to it.

    I suffer the same issue with my horde of mixed tapes made during the 80’s and 90’s. I still play them occasionally on the big stereo, but I don’t think I’d want to return to that system when putting together a playlist in iTunes and syncing to my Shuffle is so simple.

    However, I think making those tapes brought me much closer to my music collection. Carefully selecting as many songs as would fit on a 90-minute cassette meant thinking carefully about what mood I wanted to create. And then there was the immense amount of time it would take to find the peak within each song (I’m speaking to recording from the turntable here… the CD player made this much simpler once it came along) so that I could set my levels appropriately.

    Yeah… this time spent making tapes brought me closer to my music in a way the digitized world doesn’t. But I’m not certain it’s a trade-off I’d want to return to.