The Fine-Grained Fuji Superia 1600 35mm

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Who said that using a higher ISO film will result in grainier photos? Try Fuji Superia 1600 for a different perspective! Take a look at my fine-grained photos after the jump!

This is the second time I’ve used an ISO 1600 film. My first experience using another high speed film was with the Fujicolor Natura 1600, which I shot extensively during my trip to Macau.

I see this as a rare film; even on Lomography Online Store, Fuji Superia 1600 is often listed as out of stock, so I don’t really get the chance to try it. Until one day when developing my film at Jessops, I saw one last unit on their shelf. I immediately got one, even if it cost more than the price of the film development itself!

I used this film with my LC-Wide in endless panorama mode, during me and my friend’s Christmas potluck. The house was neither brightly nor dimly lit either; sometimes even the 2nd red LED on my LC-Wide still lit so you can imagine the condition. However, the resulting photos surprised me. While I don’t doubt the sharpness of the photo because the shutter speed will still be possible for me to shoot well handheld, I am amazed by how fine the photos turned out.

The film produced absolutely minimal grain — even in shades or shadow, it is virtually unnoticeable. I compared it with the night shots I tried with the Fujicolor Natura 1600 (see my review of that film here and compare the results) and this film is clearly the winner. Even the colour saturation is not lost despite its high sensitivity.

I also tried shooting this outdoors at night and the result is still good enough; the dark areas are smooth as velvet without grain!

I then continued shooting the film outdoors under cloudy conditions. As expected, if an ISO 1600 film can do well in dimly lit interiors it will surely be able to handle outdoors. Again, the film produced very fine grain and highly saturated colours.

I’m impressed with this film. Try this during one of those dinners with family or friends, and let the film capture the magic for you!

written by shuttersentinel17 on 2012-01-05 in #reviews #superia #iso #grain #negative #user-review #colour #night #evening #nottingham #fuji #requested #malaysia #35mm #135 #1600 #lomography #review #fine

12 Comments

  1. veato
    veato ·

    The difference in grain is down to the available light and not the film. Superia and Natura 1600 are in fact the same film (as is Press 1600) just packaged differently.

  2. yawn
    yawn ·

    beautiful pics

  3. hairil
    hairil ·

    The photos are magnificent...! Multiple exposures/endless panorama = WOW!

  4. niko_fuzzy
    niko_fuzzy ·

    is your night shots shoot at 1600asa also? isnt it abit kinda grainy?

  5. shuttersentinel17
    shuttersentinel17 ·

    @nikp_fuzzy Yeah all shot at 1600. Comparing it to this one: www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2011/09/02/review-fujic… I thought that Superia performs much better isn't it? But either way I'll have to shoot more, it's hard to analyse having just used the film once..

  6. shuttersentinel17
    shuttersentinel17 ·

    @niko_fuzzy Yeah all shot at 1600. Comparing it to this one: www.lomograph(…)natura-1600 I thought that Superia performs much better isn't it? But either way I'll have to shoot more, it's hard to analyse having just used the film once..

  7. shuttersentinel17
    shuttersentinel17 ·

    @veato Really? I've so far only shot one roll of Superia 1600, so I didn't have much photos to compare yet.. But now that you mentioned it, I think the indoor results are similar.. However, based on the result of my (sadly) only single night shot using the Superia, I think this is much better though? www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2011/09/02/review-fujic…

  8. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Those pictures are fantastic!

  9. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    This is great!

  10. fredericdith
    fredericdith ·

    just found 5 rolls online, i will try them in my lc-a and in my canon av-1 !

  11. sayekerink
    sayekerink ·

    Hehe may i ask.. Which shutter speed did u used for iso1600? I'm sorry im new..

  12. shuttersentinel17
    shuttersentinel17 ·

    @sayekerink I don't know either.. My LC-Wide is in Auto haha xD

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