I always want to try new color negative films to see how they compare with my current favorite color negative, Fuji Superia X-Tra 400. When I saw another ISO 400 from the same brand, I got intrigued--how does it differ?
There are times when I want to shoot outdoors, but the crazy weather gets me thinking twice about the films I have to bring along with me. It would be sunny in the morning, then very cloudy in the afternoon. In times like that, I prefer using my all-around ISO 400 film of choice, Fuji Superia X-Tra 400 (or Kodak Ultramax 400 if I can’t find any). It used to stay that way for a while, until I saw another ISO 400 film from Fuji, the Pro 400H. So I wondered, how does it differ?
I bought one fresh 35mm roll and decided I won’t test it until I run out of my staple ISO 400 films, since I noticed it’s pretty hard to come by the Pro 400H. When that day finally came, my Lomography buddies have decided to attend a barter tour of popular Manila tour guide, Carlos Celdran. It was an opportunity not to be missed, so I was glad I still had a few rolls, one of them the Pro 400H.
It was a good sunny day, but without hard shadows, so I thought 400 ISO would still be safe. Like the Superia X-Tra 400 and the Ultramax 400, it has very fine grains for a high ISO film. However, like most high ISO films, it’s not really for very bright conditions and needs to be underexposed when shooting outdoors during sunny days.
I find that it works best indoors with low light or shaded areas:
It also works great with colors, rendering both vivid and neutral shades faithfully:
Fans of portraits and fashion photography will also not be disappointed with this film. The skin tones look very natural, and colors and textures of clothes are rendered with accuracy.
In conclusion, I find it still similar with the Fuji Superia X-Tra 400, but less warmer in tone, and best for shade/indoors and portraits. The next time I come across this film, I’ll try shooting the entire roll indoors and see if I’m right!
Have you tried the Fuji 400H as well? Why don’t you tell us what you think and submit a review, especially if you’ve tried the 120mm format, and get some piggies!