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!