Fujicolor C200 was my first film when I officially started film photography. I bought it because it was the cheapest film on the shelf at that time.
As expected, most of the images sucks because I sucks. I didn’t know I am not supposed to change the ISO for every shot. ISO has to be the same for a roll of film. Otherwise, some images will be over- or under-exposed because the processing time is uniform for one roll.
I didn’t like the effect of Fujicolor C200. Never touch it again until 6 months later.
Now, I gave it another chance because this expired film was only SGD4.80 for 36 exposures at Triple D. I popped it into Contax TVS and just shoot:
Another chance for Fujicolor C200
Overall, when the exposure is not screwed up, the effect of Fujicolor C200 can be very therapeutic and aesthetically warm. Moreover, the saturation is on point. The colour is not too heavy or too odd.
Since it is probably the cheapest film, why not buy it the next chance you got and use it?
However, note that when your human subject is under shelter, such as in the house, the face will turn out very orangy/reddish, even with the flash- the same effect you will observed if you use Kodak Ektar 100 for portrait.
This film is actually not very well-liked. Seldom do I see people use it. Everyone is crazy about Portra, Ektar and Cinestill.
However, I personally think this film is definitely worth a try. It is very cheap and easy to source for. I strongly recommend if you are just starting out on film photography, use Fujicolor C200. Or even Kodak Color 200. Don’t go straight to Portra or Fuji Pro 400H.
Chances are you will end up disappointed with your exposure. Hence, it is better to start with cheap film so your wallet doesn’t feel too hurtful.
If you ever see this film, don’t give it a miss.
Check out more sample photos of this film at Fujicolor C200 Gallery.
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