Fujifilm Superia

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Superia
Film Fujifilm SUPERIA 200.jpg
Maker Fujifilm
Speed 100/21°, 200/24°, 400/27°, 800/30°, 1600/33°
Type Color print
Balance Daylight
Process C-41
Format 35mm, 120/220, 110
Application General (consumer)
Superia 200[1]
Fujifilm SUPERIA 200.jpg
Speed 200/24°
Type Color print
Process C-41
Format 35mm
Application General (enthusiast)
Superia Reala[2]
Fujifilm Superia Reala 100 35mm.jpg
Speed 100/21°
Type Color print
Process C-41
Format 35mm, 120/220
Application General (enthusiast)

Fujifilm Superia is a brand of daylight balanced colour negative film produced by the Japanese company Fujifilm. 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 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.

The majority of the range has now been discontinued with Reala 100 (2012) and Superia 100 (2009?) discontinued first. Superia X-tra 800 & Superia 1600 were discontinued outside Japan in 2016. Superia 200 and Natura 1600 (Japan) were discontinued in 2017, leaving Superia X-tra 400 (worldwide) and Superia Premium 400 and Venus 800 (Both Japan only) as the remaining Superia films in production in 2018 all sold in 135 format 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
Speed 400/27°, 800/30°
Type Color
Format 35mm
Application General (professional)

The '4th' cyan colour layer was designed to provide improved colour reproduction under fluorescent lighting, although use of filters is still recommended.

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. [8]

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. [9]

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. [10][11]

Superia X-tra 400[edit]

General purpose daylight type ISO 400 color negative film that incorporates 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). 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. Formats 135, 120. 120 format was discontinued in 2013. 135 format multipacks and 24 exp rolls were discontinued in 2017 leaving 135-36 exp single rolls only. [12] [13]

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. [14][15]

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).

Superia X-tra 800/Venus 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, Venus 800 the Japanese market version continues to be available and is sold as a parallel import elsewhere. 135 format only. [16]

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. [17] [18]

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,[19] but has been specially handled (refrigerated) since the time of manufacture.[20]

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://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/07/27/fujifilm-apparently-discontinues-even-more-films-than-we-initially-thought/
  9. ^ https://www.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/AF3-007E.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_200_datasheet.pdf
  11. ^ https://kosmofoto.com/2017/05/superia-fujifilm-200-discontinued-film-photography/
  12. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_xtra400_datasheet.pdf
  13. ^ http://fujifilm.jp/support/filmandcamera/download/pack/pdf/datasheet/ff_superiax-tra400_001.pdf
  14. ^ https://www.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/True_Definition_DataSheet.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.photographyblog.com/news/fujicolor_true_definition_400_35mm_film_announced
  16. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/pdf/superia_xtra800_datasheet.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.fujifilm.com/products/consumer_film/color_negativefilms_35mm/superia_1600/
  18. ^ https://petapixel.com/2017/10/27/fujifilm-killing-off-films-2018-things-look-grim/
  19. ^ 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'.
  20. ^ McGee, Jim. "Fuji Press 1600/Superia 1600". Retrieved 2007-05-14. 

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