Night shots, low light, dark interiors, fast action: all things I've come to fear since I got back to analogue photography, also because I'm definitely not a flash-person and I'm not into long exposures. If you're any like me, fear no more: Fuji Superia 1600 is the way!
Let’s face it, I’m a little obsessed with the whole film photography-thing. I currently have a nice stock of expired slide films of all kinds, even some rare stuff. I’d really love to try them, but whenever I’m about to leave, I grab my camera and stop in front of my film cabinet. Then, I always hear a voice inside my head.
“What if the light is not enough? Do you really want to get a blank roll?”
“100 ISO, are you kidding me? It’s November, the sun won’t even bother to rise ’round here!”
“It’s already 2 p.m., you only have two hours of light left; you can’t shoot a 200 ISO and cross process it with this horrible weather!”
Most of the time, the “better safe than sorry” moral wins me over, and I end up loading some high ISO color negative film, 400 ISO or 800 ISO— which means less contrast and less saturation, and obviously, no xpro.
Grain doesn’t bother me at all, I actually quite like it, but the last time I used a Fuji Superia 800 the pictures came out either too grainy or too dark. It was a huge disappointment, and that’s why I decided to give Fuji Superia 1600 a try.
I grabbed a roll of this film, I loaded it to my brand new LC-A+ Russia Day, and tested it in a variety of light conditions. My roll expired in 2009, and yet I’m quite happy with the results.
This film performed well even in every low light condition I tested it in, I was especially afraid of dark indoor shots, but this roll never failed me!
I took a couple of mirror shots in the darkest rooms of the house, and it worked fine:
My friend B and I took a day off at the seaside, so we snapped some photos indoors:
…and outdoors too, and they don’t even look too overexposed!
I was quite doubtful the wonderful Minitar lens of my LC-A+ would yeld its characteristic saturation and vignettes with such a high ISO, but it did!
Back in the city, I took some pictures at dusk; I even dared to try a double exposure!
I just love how this film produce images with exactly the same hues and tones of reality.
I’m not an expert, so please bear with me if this review is not that scientific, but I don’t think there is much to say about this film except for:
- It works great in all light conditions, both outdoors and indoors
- It yelds a nice saturation and contrast
- The grain level is acceptable
If you’re looking for the perfect film to keep in your bag at all times, if you don’t like to use your flash, if you’re always worried to get a blank roll back from the lab, and if a little grain doesn’t bother you, this is the film for you.
I like to take pictures of my friends when we go to the pub for a beer, of the bands when we go to gigs, of my dogs running around and playing. I need fast, versatile tools, and I think I’ve just found my favorite combo for everyday photography: the pocket, amazing Lomo LC-A+ and the great, reliable Fuji Superia 1600. Always and forever!
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