I love sports. I love individual sports. So, when I need to shoot in low light conditions, I often use the Fuji Superia 1600 with my trusty Praktica MTL 5 camera!
Fuji Superia 1600 is a true 1600 ISO film, with pretty grains (not too large), good contrast (but lower compared with the other high speed film, Fuji Superia 800), and good color balance even with artificial light. This film also has a huge latitude, so you can obtain great prints in a range from -1 to +4 stop!
Enjoy these photos, taken during the swimming competition “Trofeo città di Como” (Spring 2011), with thousands of boys and girls in a two-day sporting event!
The light was very low, because the swimming pools are the worst places to take photos: sometimes the light is lower than in other indoor situations, so I used a bright tele (a Takumar 105/2,8) and an Helios 44M-4 (58/2) both at full aperture with the time of 1/125s or 1/60s with my Praktica MTL 5.
I’m very happy with the colour balance: there were a mix of natural light from the large windows of the swimming pool (not enough because I started to take photos just before sunset), and the artificial light from halogen lamps.
The film was processed in C41 (not crossprocessed) and digitalized with the professional scanner of a minilab. No need to edit the color balance, and makes for good prints even for some underexposed (-1 stop) photos.
- huge pose latitude
- limited grain
- good colour rendition even in artificial light
- low contrast (not a true problem)
- a little expensive