[Film] Fuji Superia 100

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

  1. True211

    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
    Arabic.
     
    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!!)

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    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
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  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
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  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
    habits.
    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.

    Cheers,
    Alan.


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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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