Fujifilm Superia

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Superia
Film Fujifilm SUPERIA 200.jpg
MakerFujifilm
Speed100/21°, 200/24°, 400/27°, 800/30°, 1600/33°
TypeColor print
BalanceDaylight
ProcessC-41
Format35mm, 120/220, 110
ApplicationGeneral (consumer)
Superia 200[1]
Fujifilm SUPERIA 200.jpg
Speed200/24°
TypeColor print
ProcessC-41
Format35mm
ApplicationGeneral (enthusiast)
Superia Reala[2]
Fujifilm Superia Reala 100 35mm.jpg
Speed100/21°
TypeColor print
ProcessC-41
Format35mm, 120/220
ApplicationGeneral (enthusiast)

Introduction[edit]

Fujifilm Superia is a brand of daylight balanced colour negative film introduced c1998 replacing the previous 'Super G plus' films. This film has been manufactured in 100,[3] 200,[4] 400,[5] 800[6] and 1600[7] speeds. Superia Premium 400 a Japanese market variant was added in 2009. The Superia line was primarily aimed at the consumer point and shoot market but is also popular with enthusiasts. All speeds of all films were available in 135 format. Superia 100 and 400, as well as Reala 100 were additionally available in the 120 format. Superia 200 was also made in the 110 format.

With the heavy decline of both the amateur enthusiast and 'point and shoot' markets for consumer colour film in the first decade of the 2000s due to the substitution of compact film cameras with digital cameras and subsequently camera phones [8] the range has been steadily reduced with films discontinued; Superia 100 (2009?), Reala 100 (2012), Superia X-tra 800 & Superia 1600 (outside Japan) (2016). Superia 200 (2017) and Natura 1600 (Japan)(2017). Additionally the range of packaging options for the remaining films was reduced.

By 2018 product line had been consolidated into three Superia films, in 135 format only; Superia X-tra 400 (distributed worldwide), Superia Premium 400 and Venus 800 (Officially distributed in Japan/Asia only).

Film Layers[edit]

All current films in the Superia range list the following layer composition in their product information.

Layer Diagram
Layer Diagram
Press
Speed400/27°, 800/30°
TypeColor
Format35mm
ApplicationGeneral (professional)

The '4th' cyan colour layer was designed to provide improved colour reproduction under fluorescent lighting, although use of filters is still recommended. Later films dropped the 4th layer (see Superia 400 X-tra and Premium 400).

Current Variants[edit]

Superia X-tra 400[edit]

General purpose daylight type ISO 400 color negative film that incorporated the 4th Color Layer and fine grain (Sigma) technology from Pro line of films and later revisions (2003) incorporated the improved 'Super' Fine-∑ (Sigma) Grain Technology (Code CH).[9]. Updated 2006, with improved shelf life and super uniform fine grain technology [10]. Marketed as an 'All conditions' consumer film competing with Kodak Ultramax. The Japanese datasheet revision 8.2007 (code CH-23) indicates that the 4th colour layer was later dropped.[11] Formats 135, 120. 120 format was discontinued in 2013. 135 format multipacks (except Japan/US) and 24 exp rolls were discontinued in 2017 leaving 135-36 exp single rolls only (plus 3x36 multipacks in Japan/US).

Superia Premium 400[edit]

Japanese market only variant of Superia X-tra 400 consumer film launched in 2009 with improved exposure latitude and optimised for reproduction of Japanese skin tones. No 4th color later. Not generally available outside Japanese market. Pricing c50% higher than that of Superia X-tra 400 (code CH-24). Format 135 (36 & 24 exp).

Venus 800[edit]

General purpose high speed daylight color film using 4th layer and nano grain technology aimed at zoom lens compact cameras.[12] (Code CZ). Official distribution in Japan/Asian market only. Widely available as a parallel import. Format 135 (36 & 27 exp).

Discontinued Variants[edit]

Superia Reala[edit]

An ISO 100/21° speed portrait film aimed at professionals and enthusiasts, originally known as Fuji Reala (CS). First 4th layer technology film for improved colors (no greenish cast) under fluorescent lighting later extended to fujifilm Superia and Pro color negative films. Formats 135, 120. 135 format discontinued in 2012 and 120 format in 2013. [13]

Superia 100[edit]

General purpose ISO 100 daylight colour negative film designed for flexibility and ease of use. Sharp, accurate vibrant colours (Code CN). Formats 135, 120. Discontinued c2009. [14]

Superia 200[edit]

General purpose ISO 200/24° daylight colour negative film designed for flexibility and ease of use, Superia 200 works equally well outdoors in daylight or indoors with flash. Enhanced color reproduction, sharpness, and smooth, fine grain. (Code CA). Formats 110 & 135. 110 discontinued first. Once one of the most widely available consumer films, as a competitor to Kodak Gold 200, discontinuation of the 135 format was confirmed in May 2017 with stock in some stores lasting to early 2018. Older technology Fujicolor C200 (without 4th color layer) advised as replacement. [15][16]

True Definition 400[edit]

A USA market variant of Superia X-tra 400 launched 2005 (possibly to compete with Kodaks High Definition 400 film) with similar characteristics to X-tra 400 including sigma fine grain and 4th colour layer but adding newly developed 'Fine Color Film Technology' - a technology which realizes natural and smooth gradation that captures precise detail over a wide exposure range with brilliant color maintained. Natural skin tones, softer graduation including the precise depiction of textures.(code CH-11, contemporary X-tra 400 CH-7). Format 135 (3x24 exp. packs) only. Discontinued. [17][18]

Superia X-tra 800[edit]

General purpose 800 ISO daylight consumer color negative film using 4th layer & Sigma fine grain technology (Code CZ). Superia X-tra 800 was discontinued in 2016 outside Japan, final stock with 8/18 expiry dates. Venus 800 the Japanese market version continues to be available and is sold as a parallel import elsewhere. 135 format only. [19]

Superia 1600/Natura 1600[edit]

The fastest multi-purpose color negative film in the Superia line. Daylight-type ISO 1600 color negative film that incorporates 4th Color Layer and the newly developed Nano-structured Σ(Sigma) Grain Technology (Code CU). Aimed at use in compact zoom lens cameras and flash photography under low light conditions. Superia 1600 was discontinued outside Japan in 2016. Natura 1600 the Japanese market version, branded after the Natura range of compact cameras continued to be available, including as parallel import elsewhere although only as single rolls (multipacks discontinued October 2016). Full discontinuation was announced Oct 2017, stock lasted to May/June 18 in Europe (parallel imported), having sold out first in Japan. 135 format only. [20] [21]

Press 400, 800 & 1600[edit]

A professional film made by Fujifilm in 400, 800 & 1600 ISO speeds. It uses the same emulsions as Superia at those speeds,[22] but has been specially handled (refrigerated) since the time of manufacture.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA 200 | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  2. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA REALA | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  3. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA REALA | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  4. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA 200 | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  5. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA X-TRA400 | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  6. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA X-TRA800 | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  7. ^ "FUJICOLOR SUPERIA 1600 | Fujifilm Global". www.fujifilm.com. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  8. ^ https://petapixel.com/2017/03/03/latest-camera-sales-chart-reveals-death-compact-camera/
  9. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com.hk/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_xtra400_datasheet.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_xtra400_datasheet.pdf
  11. ^ http://fujifilm.jp/support/filmandcamera/download/pack/pdf/datasheet/ff_superiax-tra400_001.pdf
  12. ^ https://fujifilm.jp/support/filmandcamera/download/pack/pdf/datasheet/ff_superiavenus800_001.pdf
  13. ^ https://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/07/27/fujifilm-apparently-discontinues-even-more-films-than-we-initially-thought/
  14. ^ https://www.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/AF3-007E.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_200_datasheet.pdf
  16. ^ https://kosmofoto.com/2017/05/superia-fujifilm-200-discontinued-film-photography/
  17. ^ https://www.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/True_Definition_DataSheet.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.photographyblog.com/news/fujicolor_true_definition_400_35mm_film_announced
  19. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_xtra800_datasheet.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/color_negativefilms_35mm/superia_1600/
  21. ^ https://petapixel.com/2017/10/27/fujifilm-killing-off-films-2018-things-look-grim/
  22. ^ The Fujifilm Professional Film Data Guide lists Press 400/800 as having the same product codes as Superia X-tra 400/800; 'CH' and 'CZ'.
  23. ^ McGee, Jim. "Fuji Press 1600/Superia 1600". Retrieved 2007-05-14.

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