What fast colour film is still available
Old 01-09-2018   #1
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What fast colour film is still available

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What (in date) fast colour film is still commercially available?
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Old 01-09-2018   #2
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Fuji Natura 1600, Fuji Venus 800, Kodak Portra 800 and probably some more... I have just bought Superia 800 (exp. 2019) - 15$ per pack of 4 (x24 frames) at Amazon...
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Old 01-09-2018   #3
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Lomo 800 is excellent. Ignore their goofy cross processing shots they use to sell their film products...
https://www.adorama.com/czlf800363.html
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Old 01-09-2018   #4
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I concur with Huss...
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Kodak Ultramax is pushable up to 1600.
Some examples from different photographers:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/k...20400%[email protected]/
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Portra 800 in 120 is commonly available in the Vancouver area of B.C. Peter
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I've been using Cinestill 800. It's balanced for tungsten, but it gives good results in night shots, except if you don't like the red halo around some highlights due to the removal of the rem-jet.
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I miss Fuji 800 NPZ. It was my go-to fast colour choice.
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Old 01-10-2018   #9
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Wow many more options than I expected!
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I love Cinestill 800, the main advantage of Lomo 800 is that it actually really cheap all thing considered. I think Fuji makes it.
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Old 01-10-2018   #11
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Fuji Venus 800 is discontinued, but some suppliers still have stock. Fuji Natura 1600 is due to be discontinued in March this year. Get them while you can, they are nice!
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Fuji Venus 800 is discontinued, but some suppliers still have stock. Fuji Natura 1600 is due to be discontinued in March this year. Get them while you can, they are nice!
Macodirect still has Venus 800, but it is expensive, almost 12 EUR per pack, same as Natura 1600...
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Old 01-11-2018   #13
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Thanks for all the feedback guys.
It’s so disappointing how so many films are being discontinued. Only recently finally got the film camera i always wanted to shoot with and...
Well anyway...
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Old 01-14-2018   #14
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Yes, Superia 1600 (Natura) has been discontinued. Stock up while you can because it's gone for good soon.
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Old 01-14-2018   #15
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I'm curious why you want such fast film. My experience with such fast films have been disappointing.

I used Kodak Royal 1000 in a Nikon F3 when I was first going out with my girlfriend (now wife of many decades). I regret using this stuff on pictures that I find significant in my life.

The grain has the texture of road gravel. Colors are washed out. Contrast is chalk and soot.

You really play into the weakness of film, trying to shoot in such low light with fast film. This is the land where digital excels.

My other big regret in my photographic experience - failing to use fill flash in bright sunlit shots. For my girlfriend's graduation, I used Kodakchrome 25. It was a bright sunny day - too bright and highly directional light. The shadows are detail-less, and the black gowns and caps are just a black blob. I should have, could have used fill flash, as I did have the flash unit in my bag.

A year ago, I tried Cinestill 800, based on the glowing reports about it here on RFF. This is tungsten color balance movie film. If you want to shoot it in daylight, you need an 85B filter. Outfitted with 85B filters on my lenses, I brought it with me on a trip to Canada to visit the folks. My father had suffered a stroke, and my father in law has metastatic cancer. Cinestill has one fatal flaw: a lot of times the remjet is incompletely removed, leaving long streaks that last the entire length of the film. This happened to me, and the entire roll was useless.

If I could go back in time and kick myself - I would do so 1000 times over. But, we can't go back in time. There are no retakes in life. If you want to use film, use the one offering the most reliable, best image quality.

In penance, I shoot film of ISO 25 (Rollei 25) to 160 (Portra, sometimes as fast as 400, depending on what I have left over). I also carry a flash unit with me. Either a good powerful electronic one, or a bulb flash with M3 or #5 bulbs (even #11 for large areas). Those shadows will be lit!

i would say get a roll of super fast film. Shoot something with it, and then judge for yourself. It may not be very satisfying.
My experience with it has been disastrous.
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I'm curious why you want such fast film. My experience with such fast films have been disappointing.
Because the light is low and/or you only have a slow lens?


(Provia 400X @ 1600)


(Vision3 500T @ 1600)


(Fuji Superia 1600)
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I'm curious why you want such fast film. My experience with such fast films have been disappointing.

I used Kodak Royal 1000 in a Nikon F3 when I was first going out with my girlfriend (now wife of many decades). I regret using this stuff on pictures that I find significant in my life.
Well there you go. Kodak Royal Gold films were terrible. Simply awful film. Shoot a roll of Supera 1600 and be prepared to be amazed at what beautiful high speed film looks like.
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