Just get some Superia 800. The "Press" version is the same emulsion on a 36-shot roll: same CZ edge code at a higher price.Surprisngly fine-grain with slightly tipped-up contrast and saturation relative to the old NPZ. Have shot lots and find Superia 800 looks best rated between ISO500-640; rated at box speed, it's OK but invites underexposure which isn't pretty. I found the 1600 grainy at box speed. The take home lesson with these films is to dial-in some over-exposure.
Yes, I shoot Superia 800, I also shoot the 800Z. The Z is slightly tamer than Superia but it may have the slightest bit more grain. But in reality both are very good in terms of grain. The Superia has good colours in daylight, I over expose it by 1/2 stop (as I do the Z) and optically print. Nice film, one of the better Superias (along with the 200 and Reala).
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There isn't much else. There's a Portra 800, I'm not sure if there's still a Gold 800 or not. I'm sure all the Kodak 1600 films are gone, the Konica 3200 is, of course, long gone (as is ScotchChrome 640). How about Provia 400X pushed a stop or two? That looks very nice. Check here: http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=1078825
Is Fujipress 1600 even being made anymore? I wanted to get some of it and Neopan 1600 but both I'm told are discontinued. I know the Neopan 1600 is discontinued (so I have to go to Ilford and Kodak now) but I thought Fujipress 1600 was still around; however, I've had no luck finding it. I like Superia 800 though; at least it is cheap and fairly easy to find.
I can't seem to get it locally, will need to mail order out of country I guess though into the winter I am mostly shooting B&W anyways.
Frankly don't think you're missing much since it's only a stop faster than Superia 800. I shot it at 1600, hated it and had better luck at ISO1000. Still, plain old Superia 800 is easier to get and more attractive in terms of grain, contrast and saturation. Fuji.ca consumer products, once ubiquitous, seem to be getting harder to find, so grab Superia 800 while you can.