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View Poll Results: War of the Cheapies - 400 color film
Kodak Gold 400 155 32.49%
Fuji Superia 400 294 61.64%
Other Color 400 28 5.87%
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Old 06-28-2011   #41
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I had to buy some Gold200 in Europe last year, big price. But it was great especially indoors:



and not too bad outdoors, either:


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Old 06-28-2011   #42
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Gold all they way - it's a fantastic film and reasonably priced (although I usually buy it expired or surplus)
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I had to buy some Gold200 in Europe last year, big price. But it was great especially indoors:



and not too bad outdoors, either:

Nice shots. I agree - Gold is bashed a lot and underrated IMO. I like Gold-100 myself - sharp and rich colors
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I don't understand why one film can be better than the other. I think it is how much you understand the characteristics of the film and what you use it for. It boils down to personal preference. I am just happy to know Kodak Gold and Fuji Superia are different so I choose which film to use based on the outcome I want in my photos.
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Alot depends on who is doing your scanning. It's difficult to compare films that might be scanned by a machine set up to be good for one film but poor for another. For instance, these frames are Portra 160 but the results are quite different. The pro lab scan is overly saturated compared to the home scan. The colours of the home scan is more accurate to my memory.
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i dont see how anybody could vote for the evil yellow box. Superia, in my experience, has been better in literally every way.
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โนจิ by Yu5000, on Flickr



ซาลาเปาทีม by Yu5000, on Flickr

Fuji S200 my vote
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For me the superia 400 is the winner
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For me the superia 400 is the winner







all the pictures were scanned with canoscan 9000F
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tkrap -- those Fuji Superia scans are very very nice. I am starting to think that Superia 400 is worth another look!

Is it just me, or is the white balance a bit off, especially in the middle frame? The bridge (wood? stone?) in the background has a purple cast to it.
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This thread reminds me of the greatness of Shutterbug mag from the 80's. I miss all those great film examples as well as the Spiratone ads!
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Reiterate: Superia 400 for me. Bonus: works pretty darn well when forced to shoot in mixed lighting environments.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w...eria400&m=text

Order it fresh to minimize the blue/green cast.
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This thread reminds me of the greatness of Shutterbug mag from the 80's. I miss all those great film examples as well as the Spiratone ads!
... not to mention the Fuji adds
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Old 07-12-2011   #55
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For me, Fuji's colors have more character.
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Just for fun, I thought I'd add another sample to this thread.

This was taken using Fuji Superia 400, no retouching in Adobe, just straight from the scanner (Epson v700).

When I look at this image, the color balance and contrast actually aren't bad! Well, not bad for drugstore film anyway.

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I had to buy some Gold200 in Europe last year, big price. But it was great especially indoors:


This photo is fantastic. Is it by chance La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona?
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This photo is fantastic. Is it by chance La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona?
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most certainly
It is. I can assure being a local. I've read part of this thread but haven't noticed that photo!
Very impressive and worth a visit for the architecture. I like the forest concept.

Film here is rather expensive and a bit hard to find certain types.
Did you enjoy Barcelona? Now (Summer) it's just taken over completely by tourists.

Gold 400 (ultramax?) is rather grainy but I liked it's colors for portraits. More subdued.
Superia is more punchy and I like it, although the greens can be a bit too much at times. I used 200 much more than 400 though.
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Sometimes I am on the road or just desperate and stop by a drug store to get film. Which would you choose?
Whatever they have with the right ASA for that moment.
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I don't know who makes it (but I suspect Fuji) - but Walgreen's store brand 200 usually works good. A tendency to get too blue in shadow areas though.



I avoid 400ASA of any brand as much as possible.
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Old 09-15-2011   #63
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^ nah dude, Fuji all the way. I can't argue against the new porta 400 though but that's not a cheap film. I think kodak consumer films are generally pretty weak.
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^ The post above was in reply to the fellow on the first page who said we were "smoking something" for liking Fuji. I'm posting on my phone and it's not loading correctly, oops!
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I hate both so very, very much.

I would go for the box of 400cn. that's color, right? lol at least green.

I'd rather buy expired portra or 400h than fresh kodak gold / fuji superia but like someone said you don't always have a choice.

since I would only ever shoot this terrible **** for websizes or small prints normally I really just buy whatever is in the store and expose it at 200. if my picture is good enough then it wont matter anyway, right?

I suppose jpigj I have a slight preference for the Kodak stuff.

funny, reading this you wouldn't guess Im actually really fond of c-41.
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i love colorplus 200...its the most consistent film i have used...
In a roll of ultramax 400 or kodak gold, i can get inconsistent colors...

but colorplus nv fail to amaze me, the soft color is just nice for me....plus considering its a low quality film...
Indoor outdoor and even harsh lightings...or under shade..it just works...and it cost super cheap





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I love Kodak Gold 400..







But my favorite is the Konica Centuria 400

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.... a few more from fuji, under different lighting ... what's not to like?
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Kodak Gold for me, but what do I know, I also dig Mogan David wine.
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I just tried Superia, and I think the color rendition is better than Kodak Gold, especially for low-light:



I would go with Superia again as a cheap color film.

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Superia 400 is my go-to C-41 film.
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If you guys like Kodak Gold, you can still get Kodak Gold 100 on Amazon - it's packaged for Mexico, requires no refrigeration, and is called Kodak ProImage 100. The ironic thing is that it is grainier (at least I think) than the most recent version Gold 400. Skin tones are fantastic.

One of the best films for scanning was the Kodak HD line, particularly HD200.

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I like kodak Gold 400.
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This is Superia 200 asa film.
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And this is Fuji Superia 800 film.
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Superia X-tra 400 @ 200 or even @100 is a good everyday film. I don't like it at box speed but when overexposed it becomes really nice. It's good with shutter speeds up to 2 secs or even longer.
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I don't like any 400s, but if I had to choose, then it would be Kodak Gold 400, as I've had good results. Didn't like Fuji Superia 400, but I did like Fuji Superia 800. Weird, I know.
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I had long favored Superia 400, but I've used Gold 400 recently and have been very pleased. A tossup, I think.

(I wish Gold 100 was still being made.)
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I've shot some Superia, 'xtra' I think, never dared try Gold. I think the Superia is ok, but I picked up some real cheap Agfa Vista recently and really really like how that came out. Cheap ISO 200 color film always works out very nice for some reason.

That said, in general, when I shoot color I splurge on the new Portra. It's amazing.
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