Fuji Superia 400 Review

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Ken Chong.'s review of Fuji Superia 400

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“I have been using Superia 400 ASA XTRA as one of my...”

Written on: 21/01/2002 by Ken Chong. (1 review written)

Good Points
Superb contrast and colour saturation with minimal grain as good as most ASA 200 films. Strong blacks and shadow detail. +3 stop to - 2 stop latitude.

Bad Points
Watch out for under exposure which will give a wash out effect and high graininess. This film needs good flash exposure. If you use the bounce method, do increase by 1 F-stop.

General Comments
I have been using Superia 400 ASA XTRA as one of my favourite 'holiday' and general shooting films for my F90X and F5's diet. It is perfect for both day and night filming. If you like polarisers, this is a good film giving highly saturated and yet natural colours closer to seeing a transparency.

The exposure latitude is useful and I seldom have to bracket. Using the Nikon's Matrix metering system and the 3D flash system, the film performs very well time and time again.

It is better to set your meter to overexpose by 1/2 to 1 stop. If you are using flash, over expose 1/2 stop and set the flash to - 1/2 stop will yield superb results under almost all conditions.

Best to print using FUJI's new digital processors on FUJI Crystal Archive paper. I was in the UK last November and captured some of the best autumn colours, rich golds, yellows and reds against beautiful blue skies. Recommend a good quality circular polariser for intense colours.

During the night, set your camera on manual and meter for local exposure, set the flash to auto TTL and fire away to get super results. This is a little different from setting it to slow sync. This 400 ASA speed will capture very good detail and rich colours.

I find this film better than Kodak's Royal Gold 400 ASA which tends to err on skin tones. But if you really want great skin tones, you should try Fuji's NPH 400 which is about the most accurate I have come across. Also try Kodak's Portra NC.

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