[Film] Fuji Superia 100

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by True211, Apr 2, 2005.

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    True211 Guest

    My local dollar store is selling 24-exposure rolls of Fuji Superia 100 for a
    buck each. I'm talking about the regular stuff, not the Reala. I've never
    used this particular emulsion, though I have used the Superia Xtra 400 and
    800. I assume that this is a very saturated film. Is this a bargain, or is
    that about the right price for the stuff? I'm tempted to buy and freeze a
    brick or two, but if it's nothing special then I won't bother. Another
    concern is that the film is imported. I can't tell what the originating
    country is, because most of the writing on the box is in what appears to be
    True211, Apr 2, 2005
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  2. My, my, what a quandry you are in.....
    uraniumcommittee, Apr 2, 2005
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    ColynG© Guest

    I would steer away from it.. Most dollar stores etc don't properly
    store film and as a result, it may not be any good..

    The superia reala and superia 200 with 4th layer (not the HQ) is your
    best bet.
    ColynG©, Apr 2, 2005
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    ian lincoln Guest

    for $1 its got to be worth a try. If it works out then by a brick or two.
    ian lincoln, Apr 2, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Go for it. But not too much. No telling where the film has been and
    under what conditions. A buck each sounds like a discounted price,
    period, pretty good, but not a miracle either. I get expired Tmax for
    $1.00 ea in 35mm and 120.

    My SO was doing groceries a few weeks ago and they were selling soon to
    expire Superia 400 in 3-paks for $5.00 ea (CDN) [normally $9.99] ... and
    she got $1.00 off each one becuase there was a discount coupon
    attached... the film expiry is in another 9 months... She bought two
    paks, but when she went back the next week the offer had been removed...
    Somebody screwed up I guess (and my SO will never make the mistake of
    not being greedy again!!)

    Alan Browne, Apr 2, 2005
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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    No, it is a high contrast film that will wash out highlights for you,
    something you don't want in a 100 speed. Last time I used it, blue sky
    was too pink, as were cumulus clouds (in scans!) but adding cyan made
    trees look weird. It's just funky, not super-saturated like Agfa Ultra.
    Don't bother.
    Might or might not be a concern, depending on how it was shipped.
    Bill Tuthill, Apr 2, 2005
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    jones144 Guest

    My experience with this film is that its good for senery and outdoors,
    but can be rather harsh on skin tones.
    jones144, Apr 3, 2005
  8. I'd suggest grabbing some. Superia 100 is quite a nice film - nicely
    saturated colours without being garish. It has a quite fine grain.
    Personally I dislike Superia 400 - found it to give fairly dull colours. I
    like 800 - it seems to give similar saturation to 100, albeit much grainier.
    Graham Fountain, Apr 3, 2005
  9. Al, You obviously like Superia 400 - I've only shot a few rolls, and was
    very disappointed - the images seemed pretty lifeless, not very saturated or
    accurate colours. Superia 800 and 100 OTOH I have found to give gorgeous
    saturated but not garish colours. Also the Superia 400 I shot seemed very
    grainy - on par or perhaps worse compared with Superia 800. Do you think I
    just had a bad experience with the 400, such as dud lab perhaps? Over here
    it is one of the cheaper films - $10 for a 3 pack of 24exp, compared to
    about $10 for a single roll of 24 exp of Superia 800. As such it would make
    sense to use it rather than 800 when I need that little bit more speed, but
    as I said - my past experience with it wasn't real good.
    Graham Fountain, Apr 3, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I don't shoot it, she does. I guess you would call it budget quality.
    That is to say, it's a low priced consistent film. She loads the 400
    film set the ISO at 200 and she gets marvelously saturated photos. Some
    colors are a bit off like deep blues. From those she draws and paints.

    For things like the SI or trying lighting arrangements, I use grocery
    store film ($2/roll, 5 pak x 24). There I would expose whatever number
    of frames I needed, run over and get the film developed, no prints, and
    then scan the better looking frames. Now I have the 7D, so I can use it
    as a chimp-meter in the studio. Outside I just stick to my usual film
    If you meter with the camera, set it to ISO 200 and try again (with 400)
    (or otherwise meter at +1 for a mid-tone, -2 for a shaddow area). For
    the prints my SO does, the grain is not perceptible. I have no idea at
    what size grain will appear. I did shoot a Karaoke show with 800 (rated
    at 400) a couple years ago and blowups to 8x12, while slightly grainy,
    were very acceptable considering the mood of the images.


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    Alan Browne, Apr 3, 2005
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    Bob Hickey Guest

    I've bought Fuji in all kinds of places, Flea mkt's, laying in the sun, old,
    new, with tigers on th e box, can't read the box. I always liked it better
    than Kodak. I believe it's all made in Holland and boxed in the country of
    sale. Can't say the same for the labs I've gone to. Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Apr 3, 2005
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