When it comes to shooting film, the most versatile film stocks are usually the most well-known. With that being said daylight film stocks, specifically Fujifilm’s Superia X-TRA 400, are some of the most widely-usable on the market because they have such a wide exposure latitude.
Let’s take a look at some examples using Fujifilm’s Superia X-TRA 400 film below so we can see some of the benefits and qualities of using this film stock.
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An all-round general purpose, high-performance, high speed color negative film delivering truly fine-grain. Superb for snapshots or action, in low light with flash, outdoors or indoors. Ideal for general use with compact zoom lens cameras.
Originally introduced in 1998, Fujifilm Superia was a brand of daylight balanced color negative film that was intended to replace the previous ‘Super G plus’ film stocks.
Since its introduction, this film stock has been manufactured in 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600 speeds. Superia 100 and 400 were also available in 12o format. However, with the heavy decline of point-and-shoot users and film users in general many of the Fujifilm stocks were discontinued in the early 2000’s. Now, many of the 120 format film stocks have been completely discontinued, and many of the Supera film stocks have been discontinued in the United States and sold in limited quantities in Japan and overseas.
Bringing us up to date, the film stocks for Superia 400 have been consolidated into two versions: Superia X-TRA 400 (distributed outside of Japan) and Superia Premium 400 (official distribution in Japan only).
- Excellent Grain Quality → Fine grain for a high-speed film, providing no loss of image quality
- High Speed & Wide Exposure Latitude → High sensitivity that allows images to be captured even under insufficient lighting conditions.
- Excellent Skin Color Reproduction → Smooth, beautiful and naturally depicted skin tones
- Improved Aging Characteristics → Aging characteristics have been improved to help extend the shelf life of the new Superia X-TRA 400
Check out the video below to learn about some more of the features:
Detailed, Fine Grain
One of the first things that you will notice when shooting with Superia X-TRA 400 is the grain. It is not a heavy grain, like Ilford Delta 3200 or Portra 800, but it is a noticeable grain that provides a beautiful textured quality.
Personally, I enjoy grain so I never look at it as a bad thing, although I know many photographers do. When you examine the photo above, you can see right away that it has a rough feel to it, something unlike what you would get with Portra 400 or Ilford HP5. But to me, I enjoy the feel of this, which is why I choose this film stock a lot when shooting.
Versatile, Daylight Film
Another huge, huge benefit to shooting with this film is the wide exposure latitude. Being able to use one film stock throughout the whole day; whether in the bright light, or in the shade, or even in low-light settings, is a really an amazing feature.
High Performance Flash Results
The last key benefit that we’re going to discuss is the results of this film while using an external flash. Because you will be adding more light to the subject, the flash will only be helping the film capture the subject in great detail. However, there will be a big difference if you are using flash + daylight or just flash lighting.
Electronic flash produces light similar to daylight, so filters are not needed. However, the possibility of undesirable effects on color balance, due to various factors (the type of flash used and amount of time used, etc.) should be taken into consideration. Test exposures are recommended.
Regardless, this film stock provides incredible quality photos with or without flash. Take a look at some more examples below to get a feel for the film stock.
We hope that you enjoyed learning about the history and the qualities of Fujifilm’s Superia X-TRA 40o film stock. For more information or questions, feel free to leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!