An Expired Mitsubishi Color Film Super MX 100 Meets the Olympus Trip 35


I’m not a fan of ISO 100 rated films because of their limitations. But when I heard about the Mitsubishi Color Film Super MX 100 color film, I knew I wanted to try it with my Olympus Trip 35, and I am glad I did.

I did a double-take when I first heard about this film. I didn’t know that Mitsubishi made films. It’s not a popular film here in Singapore. But I knew that I needed to get my hands on some, which I did via eBay. Interestingly enough, the rolls of film offered for sale expired in July last year. Perfect I thought.

According to the corporate spiel, this film is great for outdoor and indoor photography. Using Mitsubishi’s latest emulsion technology, the user can expect a “significant improvement in actual speed, granularity and latent image stability compared to the prior MX-III series.”

So on a fairly bright day, I loaded my Olympus Trip 35 with the roll of film and went for a walk. However, within minutes, the sky became overcast and started to drizzle.

Guy covering his head with a towel as it drizzled

As such, I didn’t have high hopes when I got the photos back. Yet, my fears were unfounded. There were some photos that exceeded my expectations.

The photos of the playground came out vibrant. I suspect that being primary colors also helped making the photos stand out.

Surprisingly, this film did well in an overcast day. The colors of the temple are quite close to what I saw that day.

Even the photos snapped in a covered but well-lit area came out fairly well.

Darker tones weren’t shabby too.

What I really like about this film is the way it can bring out the colors. Granted, the film that I used is barely a year over its expiry date, but it shows just how underrated this film is.

written by uncle_jay on 2012-04-09 #gear #expired #review #color #street-photography #singapore #olympus-trip-35 #mitsubishi-color-film-super-mx-100


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Nice test article. I found 2 rolls of Mitsbishi color films the otherday , which rated 200 ISO. I wonder what they may come out likes...<:)

  2. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @wuxiong: funny you should mention it. I got my hands on some ISO 200 speed films too and just submitted a review. But do shoot a roll, I would love to compare notes with you. :)

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