26. februar 2016

Fujicolor Industrial 100 trials

I ordered 25 rolls of a mystical Fuji film called Fujicolor Industrial 100 and had a trial-run with it, to see how it fared.

The pack of films.
And my Leica M6 with my silver Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2


All in all, a nice film, can be shot at indicated speed (ISO 100) or at ISO 50, I could not see any huge differences between the two.

Findings:
- The film is noticeable physically thinner than Ektar and Portra.
- Neutral type of film, which does not pump the colors like Ektar, it's very similar to Fuji Reala there.
- The film has more noticeable and sharper/coarser grain than Fuji Reala.
- The grain tend to have more "color noise" as well, which, depending on the scene, can create a little unpleasing grain. (can be removed by the color-noise removal in IE Lightroom if one like).
- Still, the film copes well with hard light, exposing for the shadows goes very well, even shot directly against the low sun, the film still keeps a lot of highlight-information.
- Reds, shot in the shadow/overcast tend to remind me about 400H somewhat. (colder reds), I am no scanning-expert though, I usually take what my Nikon-scan software gives me, which is usually quite good scans..

All in all, a good, all-rounder neutral type of film, which cost a little less than half than Kodak Portra.


Below are a few shots I did from one of the rolls I got.
The colors, contrast and temperatures are as-is from my scanner.



Shadow-shot
E80
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Difficult scene, still shows details in the shadows.
EI80.
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

I shot two identical shots of this scene, the EI 50 showed less grain, the reds are similar to what I get from Fujipro 400H
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Again, a high-dynamic setting, bright background, darker foreground.
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Of the two shots, one at EI 100 and one at EI 50, the EI 50 gave least grain and best tones here.
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

This scene was more or less identical at EI 100 and EI 50
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2


Pretty good detail, even if the film is more grainy than Reala
EI100
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Late evening sun ferry
EI100
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Back/side-lit setting, no problem with the details
EI80
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Not a super-hard sunset, but the sun didn't pose any particular problems
EI100
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Just some kind of anchor-point for the boats, sun behind my back.
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Getting darker, I think the film captured the light very well, was very yellow.
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2
Last sunset view, sun behind and to the right
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Someone didn't bother to throw this in the bin it was standing on.
Shadow shot, dusk
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2

Lit bridge, shot in the shadows of the set sun.
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2
Late sun-kissed tower, scanner had some issues as this shot was overexposed, it got better after adjusting the scanning-procedure.
EI50
Leica M6 with Carl Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm F2




For $3,90 per roll, I think this film is pretty darn good =)

I wonder if this is a re-branded film of a more well known Fuji-film, does anyone have any ideas? (probably not one of the pro-labels perhaps, but maybe one of the consumer ones?)

There are rumors that Fuji will axe this film, as it has axed all other ISO 100 color films in 35mm, so if you want to shoot it, now is the time to buy it.

Update:
Since I made this blog-post, we've been discussing this film, and the 400 ISO version over at rangefinderforum.
The members there were able to share their experience, and also identity which film this mystical film actually is :)

Check it out at http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=154715