Technical Information

KODAK High Definition 400 Film / 3926 / HDC

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Description

KODAK High Definition 400 Film is the world's finest grain 400-speed color print film. It provides a unique balance of fine grain, sharpness, color reproduction, and contrast to yield results with excellent clarity and enlargement capability. This multi-purpose film is designed for exposure with daylight or electronic flash. You can also obtain pleasing results under most existing-light sources without filters.

  • ISO 400, 35mm color negative film.
  • Brings state-of-the-art KODAK ADVANTIX Film technology to 35 mm, for superior grain in the 400-speed class.
  • High Definition 400 Film is the film of choice for very high quality photography in wide ranging situations, especially with telephoto lenses, limited light conditions, or for stop-action work.
  • Designed for exposure by daylight and electronic flash.
  • Pleasing results can be obtained using existing light. For best results, use recommended filters for photoflood or tungsten sources.
  • Satisfactory negatives result from exposures 2 stops under to 3 stops over the correct exposure.
  • Designed to be printed on a common channel with other KODAK GOLD and ROYAL GOLD Films.
  • High sharpness, resolution, and fine grain allow a high degree of enlargement.
  • Film is coated on 0.0048 (0.12 mm) acetate base, in135 format only.
  • Intended for use with KODAK EKTACOLOR Papers.
  • Designed for processing in KODAK FLEXICOLOR Chemicals, Process C-41.
  • Produces more consistent high-color results from overexposures.
  • Emulsion has superior resistance to damaging scratches.
  • Produces optimized skin tones in people pictures.

135 Format Coding Information

DX (NAPM) Number:

95-2

DX or DXN Standard:

DXN

Human Readable Magazine Bar Code:

24 exp.7

115223

Film Bar Code Type:

Latent Image Bar Code with Frame Numbers (FNBC)

Edgeprint:

 

(even frames):
(odd frames):
(frame 3):

KODAK HD 400
HD 400 KODAK
KODAK FILM

 

Edgestripes:

Legend:
Frame:

none
none

Darkroom Recommendations

Handle unprocessed film in total darkness.

Process this film in total darkness through the bleach step in Process C-41.

Do not use a safelight.

Storage and Handling

Store unexposed film at 21°C (70°F) or lower in the original sealed package. Always store film (exposed or unexposed) in a cool, dry place. Process film as soon as possible after exposure.

Protect negatives from strong light, and store them in a cool, dry place. For more information on storing negatives, see KODAK Publication No. E-30, Storage and Care of KODAK Photographic Materials—Before and After Processing.

Exposure

Film Speed:

Use these speed numbers with meters and cameras marked for ISO, ASA, or DIN speeds or exposure indexes. Do not change the ISO-speed setting when metering through a filter.

Light Source

KODAK WRATTEN Gelatin Filter[1]

ISO Speed

Daylight or Electronic Flash

None

400/27°

Photolamp (3400 K)

No. 80B

125/22°

Tungsten (3200 K)

No. 80A

100/21°

[1] For best results without special printing.

Daylight Exposure:

Use the exposures in the table below for average frontlit subjects from 2 hours after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset.

Lighting Conditions

Shutter Speed (seconds)

Lens Opening

Bright/Hazy Sun on Light Sand or Snow

1/500

f/16

Bright or Hazy Sun, Distinct Shadows

1/500

f/11[1]

Weak, Hazy Sun, Soft Shadows

1/500

f/8

Cloudy Bright, No Shadows

1/500

f/5.6

Heavy Overcast, Open Shade[2]

1/500

f/4

[1] Use f/5.6 for backlit close-up subjects.
[2] Subject shaded from the sun but lighted by a large area of sky.

Existing Light

Subject and Lighting Conditions

Shutter Speed

Lens Opening

Home Interiors at Night
—Average Light
—Bright Light

 

1/30
1/30

 

f/2.8
f/2.8

Aerial Fireworks

Bulb[1]

f/4

Interiors with Bright Fluorescent Light

1/60[2]

f/4

Brightly Lighted Street Scenes at Night

1/60

f/2.8

Neon and Other Lighted Signs

1/125

f/2.8

Floodlighted Buildings, Fountains, Monuments

1/60

f/2

Night Football, Soccer, Baseball, Racetracks

1/125

f/2.8

Basketball, Hockey, Bowling

1/125

f/2

Stage Shows
—Average Light
—Bright Light

 

1/15[1]
1/15[1]

 

f/2.8
f/2.8

Circuses
—Floodlighted Acts
—Spotlighted Acts

 

1/125
1/250

 

f/2.8
f/2.8

Ice Shows
—Floodlighted Acts
—Spotlighted Acts

 

1/125
1/250

 

f/2.8
f/2.8

School
—Stage and Auditorium

 

1/30

 

f/2

[1] Use a tripod or other firm camera support for exposure times longer than 1/30 second.
[2] Use shutter speeds of 1/60 second or longer with fluorescent light.

Electronic Flash:

Use the guide numbers in the table below as starting-point recommendations for your equipment. Select the unit output closest to the number given by your flash manufacturer. Then find the guide number for feet or metres.

To determine the lens opening, divide the guide number by the flash-to-subject distance. If negatives are consistently too dense (overexposed), use a higher guide number; if they are too thin (underexposed), use a lower number.

Unit Output (BCPS)[1]

Guide Number for Distances in Feet/Metres

350

85/26

500

100/30

700

120/36

1000

140/42

1400

170/50

2000

200/60

2800

240/70

4000

280/85

5600

340/104

8000

400/120

[1] BCPS = beam candlepower seconds.

Fluorescent and High-Intensity Discharge Lights

For best results without special printing, use the color-correction filters in the table below as starting points when you expose these films under fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps. Use exposure times of 1/60 second or longer to avoid the brightness and color variations that occur during a single alternating-current cycle.

Fluorescent Light Source

Fluorescent Lamp Type

KODAK Color Compensating Filter(s)

Exposure Adjustment

"Daylight"

20R + 5M

+ 1 stop

White

50C + 30M

+ 1 2/3 stop

Warm White

40B + 50C

+ 2 stops

Warm White Deluxe

90C + 30M

+ 2 stops

Cool White

30B

+ 1 stop

Cool White Deluxe

40C + 10M

+ 1 stop

High-Intensity Discharge Lamp Source

High-Intensity Discharge Lamp Type

KODAK Color Compensating Filter(s)

Exposure Adjustment

High-Pressure Sodium Vapor (2700 K)

50B + 70C

+ 2 2/3 stops

High-Pressure Sodium Vapor (2200 K)

50B + 90C

+ 3 stops

High-Pressure Sodium Vapor (2100 K)

20M + 200C

+ 4 stops

Metal Halide (4300 K)

10M

+ 2/3 stop

Metal Halide (3200 K)

80C + 10M

+ 1 2/3 stops

Mercury Vapor (3700 K)

20B + 10C

+ 1 stop

Reciprocity

To compensate for reciprocity effect, use the following filter and exposure adjustments as a starting-point recommendation:

Exposure Time (seconds)

KODAK Color Compensating Filter(s)

Exposure Increase (Lens Stop)

1/10,000

None

None

1/1000

None

None

1/100

None

None

1/10

None

None

1

None

None

10

None

None

100

Not Recommended

Not Recommended

Processing

Process KODAK High Definition 400 Film in KODAK FLEXICOLOR Chemicals for Process C-41. For more information, see KODAK Publication No. Z-131, Using KODAK FLEXICOLOR Chemicals.

Judging Negative Exposures

Expose this film properly for optimum results.

Check the exposure level of the color negative with a suitable electronic densitometer equipped with a filter such as the red filter for Status M Densitometry, or a KODAK WRATTEN Gelatin Filter No. 92. Depending on the subject and the light source used for exposure, a normally exposed color negative measured through the red filter should have the approximate densities listed below. These densities apply for the recommended light sources and correct processing of the negative.

Densities of Properly Exposed and Processed Negatives:

Area on the Negative:

Densities:

The KODAK Gray Card[1] (gray side) receiving the same illumination as the subject

0.80 to 1.00

The lightest step (darkest in the negative) of a KODAK Paper Gray Scale receiving the same illumination as the subject

1.15 to 1.35

Normally lighted forehead of person with light complexion[2]

1.05 to 1.35

Normally lighted forehead of person with dark complexion[2]

0.90 to 1.20

[1] KODAK Publication No. R-27
[2] Because of the extreme range in skin color, use these values only as a guide. For best results, use a KODAK Gray Card (gray side).

Printing Negatives

This film is optimized for printing on KODAK EDGE Generations, KODAK EKTACOLOR EDGE 8, KODAK ROYAL Generations, KODAK EKTACOLOR ROYAL VIII, KODAK EKTACOLOR EDGE 9 AP, and KODAK EKTACOLOR ROYAL IX AP, and KODAK PROFESSIONAL Color Metallic Papers. The film can also be printed on KODAK EKTACOLOR EDGE 7 Paper.

Make color slides and transparencies by printing the negatives on KODAK VERICOLOR Slide Film, KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Transparency Optical Display Material, or KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Clear Optical Display Material.

You can scan an image to a file and print digitally to KODAK PROFESSIONAL ULTRA ENDURA Paper, KODAK PROFESSIONAL Color Metallic Paper, KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Transparency Digital Display Material, KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Clear Digital Display Material, and KODAK PROFESSIONAL DURAFLEX® Plus Digital Display Material.

Make black-and-white prints on KODAK PANALURE SELECT RC Papers for conventional black-and-white processing or on KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA Black & White Paper for Process RA-4. Starting recommendations for KODAK EKTACOLOR Edge 8 Paper are available online at www.kodak.com/go/ photofinishing.

Retouching

Negatives on this film can be retouched on the emulsion side with retouching pencils, after applying a retouching fluid, such as KODAK Retouching Fluid.

Image Structure

Sharpness:

Extremely High

Degree of Enlargement:

Extremely High

Print Grain Index:

39

Print Grain Index Magnification Table:

Print Grain Index numbers for diffuse printing illumination.
Negative Size: 24 x 36 mm; 135 format or 35 mm Roll Film

Negative Size:

24 x 36 mm
(135 size)

Print Size in inches:

4x6

Print Size in centimeters:

10.2x15.2

Magnification:

4.4X

Print Grain Index number:

39

  • This is a new method which replaces rms granularity. It is on a different scale, which cannot be compared to rms granularity.
  • The scale is a uniform perceptual scale, with a change of 4 units representing a Just Noticeable Difference for 90% of observers.
  • Index value representing the approximate visual threshold for graininess: 25.
  • Standardized inspection distance for all print sizes: 35.6 cm (14 inches).
  • In practice, prints larger than 10.2 x 15.2 cm (4x6 inches) will likely be viewed from distances greater than 35.6 cm (14 inches), thereby reducing overall graininess that is perceived.
  • These Grain Index numbers may not represent graininess observed from more specular printing illuminants, such as condenser enlargers.

Curves

These graphs are designed to be printed in landscape mode. They will print properly on most printers in their current page set-up of 100%. However, some printers may require adjustments to the browser page set-up in order to have the graph print on a single 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper.

Characteristic:

Curve Daylight; Process C-41, Status M Densitometry; Log H Ref is -1.44

Spectral Sensitivity

Curve Effective Exposure 1/100 sec; Daylight; Status M Densitometry; 0.2 > D-min

Spectral Dye Density:

Curve Typical Densities for D-min and Midscale Neutral Subject

Note: If you have questions or need assistance, contact your local Kodak representative.

Note: The contents of this publication are subject to change without notice.

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Footnotes\Notices

NOTICE: The data in this publication represent product tested under the conditions of exposure and processing specified. They are representative of production coatings, and therefore do not apply to a particular box or roll of photographic material. They do not represent standards or specifications that must be met by Eastman Kodak Company. The company reserves the right to change and improve product characteristics at any time.

TI7013 • Revised 5-03