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Fuji Natura 1600: Meet Your Late Night Companion

This pricey but colorful companion will help you make the most of dimly lit restaurants and late night adventures. When paired with a fast camera, Fuji's Natura 1600 can capture the evening like no other.

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Sometimes even the fast lens of my Horizon Perfekt needs a little help to get great images at night. So I recently tried Fuji’s pricey Natura 1600 to see if let me take some photos where I previously couldn’t.

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A night out in Austin, Texas was the perfect trial run for this film. Austin is famous for its live music and varied bar scene, so I loaded it up with Natura 1600 and we hit the town.

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Of course, there is quite a grain to this emulsion, but that is to be expected. I find it similar to many ISO 800 color films but still less attractive than a fast monochrome.

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Austin is the capital of Texas, and we walked our way through town until we came to the capital building. With my camera/film combo there was more than enough light to make some lovely photos.

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I traveled both ways on a plane with this roll of film, and I asked security to hand check it in each direction. I know there are lots of feelings about the x-ray scanners at airports, but I personally feel that it degrades any film and is more noticeable on faster films. Security was friendly both ways and delayed me only a little.

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After the capital building, we headed back through town and hit another bar. It was VERY dark inside and I was only able to capture this image with a long exposure in addition to the speed of Natura 1600. I really couldn’t have taken this shot any other way.

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We got back to the hotel, and I finished off the roll.

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Scanning at home was straightforward, although the film keeps a minor curl on it compared to cheaper color negative film. In summary, Fuji Natura 1600 is a great film for a very specific purpose. Give it a try next time you head out late!

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written by russheath

5 comments

  1. kingt4

    kingt4

    Can't wait to try this one.

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  2. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    Last week I found this film at one of local shop, but the price Rp 60.000 (about $ 7) is too expensive for me. How about the price of yours?

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  3. russheath

    russheath

    @hervinsyah -- I think I actually paid a little more than that on Amazon for the film. $7 is relatively cheap for this speed color negative! Still expensive compared to other films though . . .

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  4. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    @russheath : Thanks for the info. I agree with you, because I compare this film price with other ISO 100 negative & positive film :) I'm interested with the high ISO because I want to try Germany polaroid artist, Stefanie Schneider http://www.google.co(…)NrQeQ8qjMDw photo which background it's so overexposure, but the object color is very shocking eye catching color.

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  5. russheath

    russheath

    @hervinsyah -- thansk for the link! I'd never heard of this artist before, the style of very high key exposure with very low contrast and bright colors is quite interesting. I do think you'll have a little trouble emulating it with films other than polaroid, but maybe extreme overexposure (4+ stops) might get you there . . . ? Good luck!

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