FujiFilm Superia 400 review in Japan

For our trip to Japan I chose to use Fujifilm Superia 400 which I purchased from the famous Yodobashi in Shinjuku with its fantastic range of film (and everything else for that matter!). Japan really was everything we could have hoped for, and more. From a film photography point of view, there’s nowhere better in the world – the range of film camera shops is just staggering and whatever you’re after, you will find it there. I myself got a beautiful black Canon AE1 from a fantastic camera shop tucked away in Shinjuku, a camera I’ve always wanted. I really like the tones the Fujifilm Superia 400 gives, especially in the hot, sunny conditions which gave a pleasant old school feel to the shots I took in Sugamo, with some nice warm skin tones and a generally pleasant richness to the images. While naturally, being a consumer grade film it will be grainier than other more expensive 400 asa film, I find the grain in no way to be an issue especially when I’m already taking pictures of an area such as Sugamo which abounds with old world charm. It’s also great value especially when purchased in a 3 pack of 36exp films and for holiday shots it really is hard to beat for value if it gives the kind of colours you’re after. The slight hazeĀ  present in these shots is also in no way to do with the film but rather with the lens itself, a 50mm 1.8 that had developed a bit of a case of haze covering the majority of the lens, which became worse in glary conditions such as these. Probably the only thing I’d change next time is to ideally have the Canon FD 50 1.4 as although its a touch heavier it really is a fantastic lens giving an extra stop of speed as well as fantastic colour rendition.

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