Tudorcolor XLX 200 is a cheap, possibly rebranded version of a quality C41 film at a fraction of the cost. Used as test film for two newly purchased SLR's read on to see if Tudor is a King of Film or a fat lump of lard. Sorry for the poor Henry The VIII analogy.
I’m a writer and filmmaker and I have a penchant for old M42 lenses. I built up my collection to use for shooting manual video on my Canon 550D, and I have just shot a music video on an old Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm and Helios I picked up from a bric-a-brac shop for less than £10.
I wanted an older stop down version of the Helios and bought one from Ebay. It came with a Zenit EM attached. The Zenit was thrown to the back of the cupboard and forgotten about for a month or two. I decided to see what it could do and ran a Fomapan 200 B/W film through it, and my love analogue photography began. I loved the results. Film paints a picture that a digital camera is programmed and trying it utter best to destroy…It’s not its fault, it’s just doing its job.
I’ve become more addicted to buying SLR’s than Corrie’s Peter Barlow is to Whisky. I bought a Yashica TL Electro, SP1000, Chinon CX and a Zenit E. I will get round to reviewing them, but I wanted a cheap film to run through the little darlings to see if they worked. Colour being the cheapest to process, I plumped for Tudorcolor XLX 200. You can get a pack of 6 for £8.99 including delivery if you search the internet.
I put one roll in my Yashica TL Electro and one in the SP1000 and shot over about a couple of weeks. From my research online I found that the rumour is that Tudor is rebranded Fuji Superia and this is all but confirmed by at least two online outlets that sell it under the Fuji sections of their websites and pretty much say as such in the blurb. So therefore there is no real need for me to review such a well known and reviewed film – I think the photos are all that is needed to prove its quality.
So, if you are looking for well cheap colour film why not stock up on this. I tend to use 200 film given I live in the north of Scotland and light is very temperamental, but there is 100, 200 and I have also seen 400 floating about cyber shops.
The beach photos were all taken with a SP1000 with a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm 1.8 lens. The flower photos were taken with a Yashica TL Electro with a Taisei Kogaku Tamron 135mm 2.8 lens from the early 60’s. The forest photos were taken with the SP1000 and with the Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm.