I found some expired rolls of Fujicolor Super HQ in one brick and tried to give it a shot! The expiry date states "2001". That's some 9 years ago. Maybe I will try my luck with this one. I loaded the film on my Lomo LC-A and gradually took some shots.
Normal Color Negative Process
The verdict: super vintage, real easy, and not totally expired look. I like it. A normal C41 process would give you:
- Pastel-like colors.
- A luck of grain on some shots.
- Great colors on magic hours.
- Vintage feel.
- Weak reds.
- Reflective lights are very shiny.
Redscaling the Film
I tried red-scaling this film and gave me great colors. Radically, it includes:
- Great colors on red, yellow and orange hues.
- High contrast and saturation.
- Grainy shots on shaded areas or cloudy setting.
To be fair and honest, I like Fuji Super HQ. If you love grains, then go for this film. Although some say that this film is not for "portrait" since dark areas give you a quick grainy effect, I prefer using this for quick snapshots! That's what Lomography is all about!