Fuji Superia 200 or Kodak Gold 200...or???
So I'm going away on a one month long roadtrip and wondering what you guys would recommend I fill my AE-1P with...
I'm thinking 200 speed film as I'll be going to California/Nevada/Arizona, etc, so plenty of light...I also want to buy something BRAND NEW and commercially available so I don't have to worry about the mysteries of the film's past.
I also want to do colour and C41 process. 100 or 200 ASA, don't see the point of anything higher.
So far, I've run a roll of Fuji Superia 200 and Kodak Gold 200 through the camera and I like the colours of the Fuji a lot better. (The greens and non-bright reds/oranges seem to fall flat on the Kodak).
Opinions as to this? Anything else I should check out?
Well can't help you on what to pick but what I can tell you is: 100 or 200 is not available at retail stores such as drug stores, grocery stores,wallymarts in Phoenix ARIZONA. I would expect that to be the same scenerio elsewhere in Arizona. Only the camera shops/labs carry them which aren't as numerous as your wallymarts.
The colour rendition is kind of a matter of taste, so it seems like you should take what you like.
Is there any special reason you want to use one of the consumer films, rather than loading up in advance with a bunch of rolls of something like Ektar 100? I've gotten some results I liked from both Superia and KG, but I have to admit Ektar smokes them like the proverbial cheap cigar (presumably the Fuji "pro" C-41 films would as well).
By the way, I can't speak to Phoenix specifically, but my experience in southern California and parts of Arizona has been that consumer C-41 films show up unpredictably. Some grocery stores or drugstores carry them, some don't, some still have their film processors, some don't, some have 400 speed only, and occasionally you wander into a random gas station in the middle of nowhere and they inexplicably have a big rack of film for sale (but it probably expired during the Eisenhower administration). Probably safest to stock up before you leave rather than count on buying film on the road.
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Superia film is very good and very affordable, especially in the slowest speeds. However, I don't see them on the B&H Website, and Freestyle has only the 200 and the 400, sold as "import," in 135-36 single rolls. None of the other plain Superia (i.e. non-Reala) films are available there in single rolls or in press packs any more. This is pretty recent. Is this another one of Fuji's temporary supply droughts, or are these films gone as a part of the recent slaughter in the Fujicolor line?
FWIW, the 400 is very good, and is very cheap from Adorama ($1.79 for 36 exposures). 36 exp. is actually cheaper than 24 exp., because it expires soon (December). I just hope you like shooting at '500 and f/16 out in the sun.
This being said, it is only 20 cents more for fresh stock from B&H (same exact price as 24 exp., perversely enough).
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I think the 200 Superia is quite a nice film, it's tamer than its 400 brother and I suppose that may be an advantage to you if you expect to shoot in contrasty conditions. I'd look into Reala also if you like the Superia 200 colours.
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You are going to an area where the bright sun will mute all the colours. No contest, Fuji is the one to use.
Personally, I much prefer the various Fuji Superia products to Kodak's consumer films. I find Kodak Gold grainy with murky colour rendition. On the other hand, if it were me, I'd order some five-packs of pro film online, and use that. Either one of the Kodak pro products [including Ektar] or Fuji Pro160S/C.
Probably the nicest results I've with colour neg 35mm film recently was Ektar, however, it wasn't especially consistent across the rolls I shot and I haven't really taken time to 'learn' the film properly. I've had very good results from both Kodak and Fuji's pro "160" films.
Fuji Superia 200 is one of my favorite "cheap" films. Much nicer than anything Kodak makes IMHO...well, general purpose, consumer films that is. Ektar 100 is really in a league of its own! The best thing about Superia is you can pick it up at the local WalMart.
I like Fuji for greens and blues, foliage and sky.
I like Kodak Gold for skin tones.
I like Ektar 100 for landscapes with subtle color shifts and reds. It would probably work really well in the southwest.
Fuji all the way- I bought up a whole bunch of Kodak consumer films thinking that it would present a more muted pallet compared to the fuji. It does, but at the sacrifice of grain size. Fuji has since become my "grab-and-go" 135 of choice for the last few years.
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