Fuji Natura 1600: Dancing Queen in the Dark


Fuji Natura 1600 looks like an ordinary office lady at day time, but when it comes to parties at night, she can transform into a dancing queen in just an instant. Amazing, isn’t it?

Back in 2009 when I was enjoying my winter holiday at Hokkaido with friends, I bought my Natura Classica there together with 2 rolls of Fuji Natura 1600 film. Right after I returned to Hong Kong after the trip, my Natura Classica started its round tour among my friends and finally, it came back into my hands again a few weeks ago.

Then, I dug out the 2 rolls of Natura 1600 from my film stock and find out that they’re just about to expire. Therefore, I decided to give it a try when they’re still fresh.

When shooting at daytime, like what we’ve expected, it looks just as neat and tidy as an ordinary office lady. Fine grains with accurate color reproduction, moderate contrast with the resulting images presenting as much detail as a film can produce. But all those quality mentioned above could be achieve with other Fuji films of lower speed, so, why bother using a film of ISO 1600 which is much more expensive?

What makes Fiji Natura 1600 worth the money is its ability to capture motions and its capability to obtain superb night shots without using any flash or tripod.

With its high speed, shorter exposure time is needed and thus, it’s perfect for shooting fast moving objects…

This cute little kitten was shaking her head at that moment!

When shooting at dusk and at night, highly saturated and vivid colors look as if they are popping out of the photos against the dark background, making the shots delightfully stunning and jaw-dropping! What’s more, even at such low light conditions, the fine grains still retain with the resulting images stay as smooth as silk. That’s why I’m saying that it’s the dancing queen at night, wearing a silk dress decorated with shimmering crystals of various colors and could capture any moment in just a wink!

With ISO 1600, this lady is ultimately sensitive to x-ray. Therefore, mid the x-ray! When you’re taking her on a flight, always remember to put her in the hand-carry bags or some of your precious shots would be ruin by the strong x-ray!

written by gateau on 2011-09-30 #gear #review #lomography #user-review #requested #fujifilm-natura-1600-iso-1600-c-41-fuji-natura-classica-fine-grain-vivid-motion-night-x-ray-high-speed-negative-film


  1. swampwater
    swampwater ·

    Thanks for helping me decide on whether to buy this or not. Now I really wat to fly to Tokyo and use this film at night! :-)

  2. shariff
    shariff ·

    which camera did you use to take these night time photos?

    i'm just wondering if its possible to use this film at night(handheld), with a diana or a holga without the photos being too underexposed???

  3. gateau
    gateau ·

    @shariff : I used Fuji Nautra Classica to take these night shots. With its auto exposure system, proper exposure is guaranteed. (the same applies when shooting with LCA+) When you're using Diana or Holga to shoot at night, remember to use the B mode.

  4. shariff
    shariff ·

    Oh awesome! You even have the camera to go along with the film. Thanks for the tips!

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