One might argue that a brilliant camera like the Nikon FT deserves a more deserving film but you couldn’t be more wrong. The partnership between these two seems to be spot on. Have a look at 5 of my favorite images shot from my first two rolls on the Nikon FT with the 50mm f1.8D.
When it comes to shooting film I would more often be drawn to professional films like Portra or Ektar but they are not always the best when you just want to shoot for the sake of shooting. Sunny days during the winter on Vancouver Island are far and few between so my wife and I took some time to wander though Rathtrevor Park just outside of Parksville. Below are just a few of the images I shot. What is your favourite drug store variety film, or does your drug store even carry film any longer?
Fuji Superia has been on the shelves of grocerie and drug stores for years. It’s a staple consumer film. This film however is a bit more unique due to it’s speed. 800 ISO is a a relatively fast speed when it comes to colour negative film especially considering that it is meant for outdoor daylight circumstances. Recently I moved to Vancouver Island and because of the change of scenery I have been shooting often, in fact there is so much to explore here that my blog posts have almost become daily occurrences. Now when it comes to Fuji Superia 800 it is really a very run of the mill film colour wise. Sure it has the fast speed going for it but that’s really where it stops. I would like to really compare it to Kodaks counterpart Portra 800 but I have never shot that film so I will judge it really on my first impressions. GREEN... Absolutely everything has a green tint to it, not a vibrant green but a flat kind of washed out green. I will agree that it has a very signature Fuji type look but over all I prefer more vibrant rich colours. Now on to the grain, Oh yeah this film has grain but doesn’t all 800 speed films. If you don’t like grain move right along. For those of you that would like to know I shot these images on one of my favorite little 35mm cameras, the Pentax ME using the Pentax 50mm f2 lens. Would I recommend this film? Why not! Just shoot and have fun, that’s of course the point of this all Isn’t it. Would I buy it again? No! But I have one more roll in the freezer so I will definitely shoot it.
Recently I started a personal project shooting Film. Over the past 5 or so years I have been collecting film cameras simply because I'm a bit of a camera nerd.. I am going to be shooting, developing and scanning a different type of film each any every month for a year, then giving my personal impression of the film in these posts. I choose to shoot Fuji Superia 200 first because it was readily available off the shelf at our local drug store. I have been using the VSCO film presets for almost 3 years and I wanted to see if the presets looked anything at all like their original film stocks. Below is an image I took with the Canon 6D and then processed using the Fuji Superia Preset in Lightroom. Let me know how you think the tones and grain compare with the images below. I personally like the the look and feel of the Superia film stock although I don't find it to be particularly sharp (that could also be a product of my ancient scanner). I specifically love the soft highlights that it seems to render. For a consumer level film the results are not too bad. The next film I intend to review is Kodak Ektar 100, this is classed as a professional film and I am excited to see how the results compare.