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War of the cheapies - Kodak Gold 400 vs Fuji Superia 400
Old 06-22-2011   #1
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War of the cheapies - Kodak Gold 400 vs Fuji Superia 400

Sometimes I am on the road or just desperate and stop by a drug store to get film. Which would you choose?
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Old 06-22-2011   #2
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Gold is more fun with the colors and grain, but Superia is more accurate with color tones. Gold is warmer, Superia is cooler.

I like Gold, but would use Superia if skin tones are important.
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Old 06-22-2011   #3
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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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Gold is more fun with the colors and grain, but Superia is more accurate with color tones. Gold is warmer, Superia is cooler.

I like Gold, but would use Superia if skin tones are important.
I've used both, and I feel like fdigital. The best deal around here WAS at Costco. $1.39 for a 24 Superia. I used to buy the 6-7 packs, but they discontinued. I should have gone in there and bought them out.
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Ultraonline has good deals on Fuji.
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Old 06-22-2011   #6
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None of them. Don't like the colours in Superia, and don't like the grain in Gold. My tip: Take a reasonable amount of rolls of your favourite emulsion with you. Better yet -- keep them in a cigarette-lighter-powered car mini fridge ;-)
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None of them. Don't like the colours in Superia, and don't like the grain in Gold. My tip: Take a reasonable amount of rolls of your favourite emulsion with you. Better yet -- keep them in a cigarette-lighter-powered car mini fridge ;-)
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Old 06-22-2011   #8
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Fuji Superia. When I still shot 35mm, that was my standard travel film. Lush greens, muted reds. I also liked that you could get it in various ISO ratings too. Fuji Press 400 is very similar.
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I used to like Fuji until I saw the way greens come up... and did't quite like it (and that roll had a lot of grass in every frame). I do like the color rendition in Kodak.

Fuji's transparency film is the best... but only after Kodachrome.
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I used to like Fuji until I saw the way greens come up... and did't quite like it (and that roll had a lot of grass in every frame). I do like the color rendition in Kodak.

Fuji's transparency film is the best... but only after Kodachrome.

Hmmm...Solares, I rarely use color film You just reminded me about the first roll of Fuji Superia that I recently used on the XA2. Took a bit of Photoshop work to get it to be acceptable because of the funky green.

Maybe I should try Kodak on the XA2.
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Old 06-22-2011   #11
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Superia 400 shot at 250. But Superia 200 is the best cheap color film IMHO - more moderate contrast and saturation than 100/400, and actually sharper than Ektar (though larger-grained).
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I prefer Kodacolor400 shot as 320 and subsequently would probably pick Kodak Gold 400 here.
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I have not shot with Kodak Gold, although I have seen many shots with it that have fantastic colors. The Superia I have shot with a good amount, and I do NOT like it. Superia 400 I think is terrible, grainy, washed out, bad colors, too much red, weird greens. Superia Xtra 400 is far better, but still washed out and too red. Superia 200 is a good film, and I like the results I have gotten with it, good colors, nice rendition, but still has an ugly grainy aspect to it.

I wont shoot with 400 speed Superia anymore, I might occasionally use Superia 200, but honestly, life is too short to waste it shooting crappy film. When the colors are as underwhelming as they are in these cheap color films you might as well shoot black and white!

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Not so fond of the Fuji colours. I voted Gold, although as far as I can tell where I live they call it "Farbwelt".
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Old 06-22-2011   #15
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Definitely Fuji without the slightest doubt!
If still doubtful look at this guy, he mostly uses Superia 400:
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I've shot both and like both. Someone said Gold's warmer and I think it is and I like it for that. Superia at 400 ISO is a great film for all purpose light situations and the colours pop. I find scanned Superia using a KM Scan Dual IV really pops and I like that look.

I could comment on other colour films but the OP is Gold or Superia.

FWIW: Kodak Gold 100 is the only one... the 200 or 400 suck..
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Old 06-22-2011   #17
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I shoot colour so rarely I never have the need to dip into the cheapies, but I do really like Superia 400. I remember it being a treat on my Mamiya in medium format especially.
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Old 06-22-2011   #18
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I haven't shot Kodak in a long time, so I don't know if today's film is different. I used to like Kodak films. I've used Fuji in 200 and 800. I can live with the greens, but my skies always have a funky color regardless of the lens the light passes through.
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Top Fuji Superia, bottom Kodak Gold 200. My problem is the difficulty in getting consistent results with all my crazy post processing programs.
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Old 06-22-2011   #20
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Superia 400 wins hands down for me. Bonus: it's still cheap even if ordered fresh online. Get a big block and stick it in the fridge. It will surprise you.
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Superia...i sort of like it!


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I begrudgingly acknowledge that Kodak Gold and Superia both have their charms.

This one was shot on Kodak Gold 200. Very minimal PP afterwards in Adobe.

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[IMG]Superia[/IMG]

[IMG]Gold[/IMG]

Top Fuji Superia, bottom Kodak Gold 200. My problem is the difficulty in getting consistent results with all my crazy post processing programs.
I could tell right away. I agree with most others here - Superia has more green, perhaps to much, while Gold has a warmer tone. I don't care about color accuracy if it doesn't result in a picture I like.

IMHO it's a personal preference thing. I vastly prefer Kodak Gold in all speeds to Superia, but other people have taken pictures I like with Superia.
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Superia hands down. I use the 400 version as my standard C41 film.
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Wow... another thread where I wonder what RFF members are smokin'... Kodak blows Fuji away in everything in in 35mm color print up to and including 400 ISO. Above 400 ISO in color print, it's Fuji.
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Wow... another thread where I wonder what RFF members are smokin'... Kodak blows Fuji away in everything in in 35mm color print up to and including 400 ISO. Above 400 ISO in color print, it's Fuji.

I definitely agree! Where are you guys getting good color out of the Superia? Mine is generally a crapshoot with most of the roll looking terrible and a select few having good color. It only looks good in a select few lighting situations.
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I agree. Kodak for print, Fuji for slide.
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When I shoot color, which is extremely rare these days, my go to film is Superia 400. I have always been very satisfied with the results. However, I always shoot it at 200. It bumps up the contrast quite nicely. Shot at box speed I found it to be a bit drab.
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... sorry chaps, but you don't know what you're talking about. Superia 400 is a good solid all-round colour film ...











... under most light, including tungsten, Gold 400 is like most Kodak way too warm and too saturated
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ok, not a 400 film, BUT i really really like fujicolor 100 (at least it's sold by this name in Brazil). it has good saturation along with fine grain. it's 5 BRL a roll (roughly 2.50 USD) and probably the cheapest one can find new. superia 400 sells for 15 BRL or more. yep, film is quite expensive here (that's why I buy a lot when I travel!)


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Fuji Superia all the way, have been using it for everything (well not everything but you know what I mean).

There's something funny about Kodak Gold. I don't know and I don't like it!
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What is considered cheap? A quick check at the drug store and the cheapest was a 5 pack of Kodak Ultramax at $20 ($4/roll).
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I guess more quick then cheap. eh?
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If yer gonna shoot color, reach in and grab some. Expired Kodak Gold 100:





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KG100 is my fave 100 film.

For 400, try Kodak HD-400, CVS has 3-packs for sale at $6.99 occasionally.


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Unfortunately my experience with Fuji Superia has been too variable (200 however has been the best of the lot) but I have a feeling this is much more to do with where it's bought from and how it is stored (e.g. Jessops' idea of keeping film cool is to store it in a furnace, whilst behind the film processing machine operators grab the film out of the machine with sandpaper mittens and hammers....I don't like Jessops )

On the whole I have had the most success with Kodak Gold, consistent that is, either in 100 or 200, 400 is quite grainy but the colour again has been fine. In fact all of Kodak's Gold line is quite grainy although sometimes in quite a nice way.

Anyway, whilst Kodak Gold 200 is my cheap grab and go colour emulsion, with Ektar being barely £3.50 a roll in 35mm, I'd sooner use that and do.

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I would go with the Walgreen’s rebranded Fuji Superia 200 speed film. If you buy in a pack of four it's two dollars a roll and some times they have sales in the coupon books that make it a dollar 1 to a dollar 1.50 a roll. I really can't stand the cheap 400 speed color films, Kodak or Fuji.
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I like the Kodak film. But shoot color film so rarely, I shouldn't talk about it. Here's one from last weekend:
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It was there yesterday, I dunno wot happened. Here.

Actually, it was old. I had it sitting around for a year or so, and finally ran it out!
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