Following on from my previous post Kodak T-MAX 400 I decided to use the Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 whilst at the May Day March as some of the banners etc were fairly colourful, it was also to see how i got along with colour for a change.
Slower ISO than the Portra yet it handled well with the speed that i demanded on the day, interestingly the Portra 800 grain qualities far exceed that of the Superia (in my opinion). The tonal range and colours on the Superia are satisfactory but not fantastic, from this shoot i have realised that the consumer grade film is a good choice for point and shoot photography however didn’t really cut it on the final outcome for quality.
When i shoot with digital i obviously pay attention to colour, especially with the street style work i do or when i cover London Fashion Week however i noticed shooting the Superia that i was specifically looking for colour so as not to waste frames!
A couple of days after the March i finished the rest of this film off wondering around China Town, Soho and Covent Garden. I used the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and 24-70 f/2.8L Mk II for this film. It has been great using the zoom lens, especially when photographing wider shots in tighter spaces. I’d be interested to see how this film copes being pushed as the higher contrasts from pushing may give some interesting results in saturation.