One of the very first films I tried after getting my Nikon FE2 was a curious one called Konica Minolta Centuria 400. Performing close to both Fuji Superia 400 and Kodak Ultramax 400, it was one of the very first films whose results I really liked. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I will ever get my hands on some rolls again.
Around three years ago, shortly after I began with my journey rediscovering the wonders of analog photography, I found myself searching madly for 35mm color negative films to try with my Nikon FE2. While it was not my first time shooting a film SLR, shooting color film with it was kind of new to me.
One day, I found some rolls of expired Konica Minolta Centuria 400 (expired 2003, if I remember correctly) for cheap in a photo shop near my place. However, turns out I made one of the most regrettable decisions in my film photography career: I bought just one roll.
I was thinking of testing it first and buying some more later if I liked the results. After shooting around with it and having it processed, I actually liked them. Here are some more of my snaps with this film:
And my favorites:
As you can see, this film behaves perfectly well several years after it has been expired, both indoors and outdoors. I like how it produces cool blue tones in some photos, and warm reddish tones in the others. I think it’s safe to say it performs close to two well-known 400 ISO films—Fuji Superia 400 and Kodak Ultramax 400.
So, needless to say, I wanted to try some more of this film. I headed to the photo shop a few days after I got the first roll processed, but, to my horror, the shop was no longer there. I’ve been looking all over for this film since then, but only ending up with DNP Centuria in 100 and 400 ISO (no idea if it’s related to the Konica Minolta Centuria in any way). Until I finally get my hands on it again, I have decided to call it “a nice film I may never get to try again.”
Have you ever come across or shot using this film? Let me know, I’m curious!