5 Frames… With Fujifilm Fujicolor C200 (EI100 / 35mm format / Pentax MZ-S) – by Aivaras Sidla

When I started my path of analog photography somewhere in 2012, my first film stocks were widely available Fujifilm consumer-grade films – mostly Fujifilm Superia 200 and Fujicolor C200. Those films have their own subtle differences, but they share many similarities in look and handling. I like Superia a bit better, but first I’ll revisit Fujicolor C200.

Further into my photographic journey, I investigated many different negative films and found my favorite – Kodak Portra 400. My main reasons for prefering Portra over both Fuji those consumer films are:

  1. more accurate skin tones – Fuji has a tendency to go into red color.
  2. better handling of underexpose – fuji likes to get nasty green cast in underexposed areas.

However, both Fuji stocks, especially Superia 200 are very, very good films and I would definitely recommend them to anybody going into analog photography. I know that even some pros state that they prefer Superia to Portra – that’s very personal and individual decision. And lets not forget price issue – Portra is twice as expensive…

What I especially like both in Superia and C200 is that they create very painterly look. Combination of vivid a bit oversaturated colors, glow in highlights and pronounced but not intruding grain creates look that is just out of this world.

I shoot Fuji films only occasionally these days, but recent news about Agfa Vista Plus 200 discontinuing left me thinking about entry-level consumer film and triggered me to revisit my old love. Both old loves, you know… 😉

This, my first roll of Fujicilolor C200 was shot on my Pentax MZ-S, with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4 Lens. I rated the film at ISO 100 to minimize green cast in shadow areas. All frames were shot at f/1.4.

And now I’ll turn to 5 rolls of Superia 200 from my fridge. So not saying goodbye, just good old “I’ll be back”.

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Aivaras Sidla
Aivaras Sidlahttp://www.beautifulgrain.com
Photography is my hobby. It lets me see the world differently, to notice small miracles in dull environment, to detach from daily life, to recreate inner balance and to remain constantly positive. To sum up photography is a drug for me, and as I mostly shoot film – this drug costs money. Ha ha. While I don't consider myself "big artist” in terms of my shooting results, I try to be active in photography world in order to: -promote photography as an instrument that enriches personal view to the world - I mean that when you start to shoot you start not to look, but to SEE. World becomes more beautiful place to live. - promote film photography and to encourage new users to enter it. I have twofold reasons for it: a) it beautiful and people should try it b) as a means of “self defence” - more users means longer life of film and film cameras in the market 🙂

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