How can I tell what negative film I shot?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Norm Dresner, Jul 11, 2005.

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    Norm Dresner Guest

    It was stupid of me but I didn't look carefully at the cassette when I
    handed it in at the camera store along with 3 rolls of slide film and
    there's absolutely no identifying information I can read on the edge of the
    negative strips, just frame numbers on one edge and on the other there are
    frame numbers and what looks like alignment marks -- sort of like the OCR
    characters on checks but not forming any letters I can decipher. WHOA! on
    the edge with "just the numbers" I also see with a magnifier "200" and
    "FUJI" and "N11A". Yeah, I remember buying some ISO 200 FUJI print film in
    Hilo, HI when all the Kodak stuff they had was 400 and 800 -- really useful
    in Hawaii where the sun shines most of the time fairly brightly. Okay, but
    what FUJI film? I'd guess that the "N11A" is supposed to identify it but
    not so I recognize it. Anybody got a clue?

    BTW, the colors are very saturated -- much more than I'd ever expect to see
    from Kodak Gold -- which is a very pleasant surprise since it was an
    emergency purchase and I shot some wonderful tropical flowers with it. I
    may be a convert for print film to Fuji after all, though I'm still partial
    to Kodachrome.

    TIA
    Norm
     
    Norm Dresner, Jul 11, 2005
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    columbotrek, Jul 11, 2005
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    Dave the Guy Guest

    If you just bought it at a supermarket or convenience store, I'm going
    to guess it's plain old fuji superia 200.

    My only beef with Fuji 200, which I use almost exclusively for color
    print, is how blotchy darker skin looks when under exposed or under a
    cloudy day. YMMV.
     
    Dave the Guy, Jul 11, 2005
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    Norm Dresner Guest

    WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, LOOK IN THE CAMERA BAG!!!

    Sorry for the shouting but I obviously need to have the message broadcast
    loud and clear.

    I just looked in the camera bag and found a (unexposed) second roll of film
    which is marked on the cassette:

    FJUICOLOR
    SUPER HQ
    200
    Return to WAL-MART ...
    ...
    Process CN-16 C-41

    and I'm reasonably sure that I bought two rolls of the same type back in
    April when we were last in Hilo.

    So it's Super HQ. I just tried searching for a data sheet and instead found
    a bunch of contradictory "reviews" which support the statement I found on
    one Belgian site
    "Super HQ is from excess production capacity and could be anything; Fuji
    has never issued a datasheet for it."

    Most users commented that it has superior color but average to poor grain,
    both of which are consonant with the Belgian comment since most Fuji print
    film has enhanced color these days and it's also consonant with the
    purchasing of it by Wal-Mart because it would probably be the cheapest film
    they could get from Fuji.

    Finally, I just found the only mention of Super HQ on Fuji's own site and
    for any technical information at all about the film you're instructed to
    contact Fuji directly! (Other Fuji print film web pages do offer a data
    sheet download.) I'd take this to indicate that they don't want to talk
    about it publicly. Hmm ...

    Any comments?

    Norm
     
    Norm Dresner, Jul 12, 2005
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    Dave the Guy Guest

    Yeah, it's just the plain old superia with a different name as far as
    I'm concerned. Personally I think the grain is very tight and uniform
    - and at 200speed more usuable than 100 for everyday stuff especially
    since very very few stores aside from specialty shops stock 100 anyway.

    Here are some of my photos using fuji superia 200, the newer (larger)
    ones scanned directly using a Canon 8400F.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairlessmunkee/sets/581358/

    I know the photo work may not be the greatest, but I think the film is
    still pretty good...and cheap! :)
     
    Dave the Guy, Jul 12, 2005
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