The 6 Best Fujifilm 35mm and 120 Film Stocks: A Hands On Review
Take that, now wind it back. Fujifilm offers both film and digital goods for every creative. Which do you prefer?
Fujifilm has long been revered for its impeccable 35mm and 120 film stocks, and for good reason. The brand's exquisite color, tone reproduction, and remarkable sharpness and resolution make the company's offerings a favorite among photographers of all levels. From capturing the vibrant hues of summer to the soft shades of winter, Fujifilm's expansive range of film stocks ensures that photographers have the perfect film for any situation. With various speeds and sizes available, Fujifilm offers photographers an unparalleled selection of film stocks, allowing them to capture their most creative and breathtaking shots. As a longstanding photography icon, Fujifilm has earned its place as one of the world's most beloved brands of film stocks.
Our team assembled their hungriest film photographers to shoot with some of Fuji’s best film stocks for a weekend. Below are our images from that shoot (and beyond) to show you which of these are our favorites to work with.
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1. Fujifilm Velvia 100
Best For: Creatives needing a more saturated film to fulfill their artistic measures.
Professional-quality medium-speed, daylight-type color reversal film with ultrafine grain (RMS : 8) and ultrahigh color saturation by incorporating new-generation cyan, magenta, and yellow couplers. Suited especially to scenery and nature photography and other subjects that require precisely modulated vibrant color reproduction and high image quality.
Low ISO 100
Love a good, clean low ISO for bright sunny days.
Ultrahigh-Saturation Color Reproduction
Bold colors for the rich and powerful. Just a little more on the magenta side.
Clean and precise, steers clear from grain.
VELVIA 100 35mm Film
Professional-quality 35mm, medium-speed, daylight-type, color reversal film with ultrafine grain and ultrahigh color saturationBuy for $22.99
VELVIA 100 120 Film - 5 PK
Professional-quality 120, medium-speed, daylight-type, color reversal film with ultrafine grain and ultrahigh color saturationBuy for $49.99
2. Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 B&W Film
Best For: Black and white lovers who desire a film featuring the world's highest standard in grain quality among ISO 100 films.
Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros II is an orthochromatic black and white negative film characterized by its extremely fine grain structure and wide tonal range. Super Fine Grain Technology delivers the distinct tight grain structure and alignment along with high acutance and smooth tonal rendering to suit scanning and enlarging applications. Its medium-speed ISO 100 nominal sensitivity suits working in various outdoor conditions, and enhanced reciprocity characteristics also benefit working with longer exposure times.
Low ISO 100
Love a good, clean low ISO for bright sunny days.
Orthochromatic B&W Negative Film
Its spectral sensitivity doesn't go very far toward the red end of the spectrum.
Broad Tonal Range and High Sharpness
Excellent processing characteristics with rich grading and outstanding sharpness.
NEOPAN ACROS 100 B&W 120 Film
Need extremely fine B&W grain film? Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros II 120 is an orthochromatic black and white negative film characterized by its wide tonal rangeBuy for $12.00
Neopan Acros 100 Black and White Negative 35mm Film
Shooting B&W? Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros II 35mm is an orthopanchromatic B&W negative film with extremely fine grain structure and wide tonal rangeBuy for $12.99
3. Fujifilm Superia 400
Best For: Anyone looking to get their feet wet with Fujifilm film stocks, including a budget-friendly approach.
An all-around general-purpose, high-performance, high-speed color negative film delivering truly fine-grain. Superb for snapshots or action, outdoors or indoors, in low light with flash. Ideal for general use with compact zoom lens cameras.
Suitable for Multipurpose Shoots
It holds a lovely ISO of 400
Excellent Skin Tones
Produces a true-to-life tone across the whole image.
High Speed, Fine Grain
Not too grainy, just the right amount for a clean picture.
Superia 400 Color Negative 35mm Film
Feed your film camera a daily diet of Superia 400 35mm! An all-around general-purpose, high-performance, high-speed color negative film with truly fine-grainBuy for $14.99
4. Fujifilm Velvia 50
Best For: Professional photographers needing a reliable source of saturated goodness with a super low, fine-grain ISO.
Professional, high-image quality, daylight-type color reversal film with superb granularity and world-class image color saturation and vibrancy levels. Precise modulation, vivid color reproduction, and excellent image quality make this an outstanding film for nature, fashion, products, interiors, and artwork photography. Exceptional performance, ISO speed rating of 50, excellent results in push-/pull processing for a wide range of exposures.
One of the only film stocks to have a striking low ISO for extremely bright days.
Vibrant Color Reproduction
Extremely unique color palettes with a more magenta hue, perfect to offset bright and colorful scenes.
Fine Grain Quality
Fine, crisp, clean.
VELVIA 50 Color Reversal 35mm Film
Looking for a professional 35mm, high-image quality, daylight-type color reversal film? VELVIA 50 has superb granularity and world-class color saturationBuy for $39.99
VELVIA 50 Color Reversal 120 Film - 5 pack
Professional 120, high-image quality, daylight-type color reversal film with superb granularity, and world-class levels of image color saturation and vibrancyBuy for $114.99
5. Fujifilm Provia 100F
Best For: Those who like a fliexible saturatopm with a low, fine-grain ISO.
Professional-quality, medium-speed, daylight-type color reversal film with ultrafine grain, designed to provide medium color saturation and contrast compared to other films in the 100F series. Suited to a wide range of applications, such as product, landscape, nature, fashion photography, and portraiture. It provides ideal color saturation and contrast, making it suitable for all types of subject matter, along with minimal variation in performance even in long exposures and the ability to be push-processed up to +2 stops with excellent results.
Made For Everything
Of the three FujiFilm slide films, Provia 100F is by far the most versatile.
Being slide film, it has decent exposure latitude, medium saturation, and contrast.
Sensitive, Yet Powerful
Pay close attention to your exposure when shooting this film since all slide film doesn’t have high exposure latitude, meaning it doesn’t do too well with overexposure.
PROVIA 100F Color Reversal 120 Film - 5 rolls
In need of pro-quality 120, medium-speed, daylight-type color reversal, ultrafine grain film? The PROVIA 100F 120 Film will deliver with saturation and contrastBuy for $79.99
6. FujiColor C200
Best For: Basic consumers need a film stock for a relatively cheaper price with still serviceable results that are clear and color-rich.
Designed for flexibility and ease of use, Fujicolor C200 works equally well outdoors in daylight or indoors with flash. Enhanced color reproduction, sharpness, and smooth, fine grain.
Perfect For Beginners
It’s a low-cost film for Fujifilm beginners nad starters needing something to fulfill indoor and outdoor needs.
Same Vein as Kodak Gold
C200 is Fujifilm's budget mass-market color film offering, occupying the same space as Kodak's ColorPlus and Gold in the ISO 200 category.
Cheaper, Yet Serviceable
It does a great job on the images for those looking to quickly pick them up at a grocery store.
Fujicolor 200 Color Negative 35mm Film
Need rolls of hassle-free film? Designed for flexibility and ease of use, Fujicolor C200 works equally well outdoors in daylight or indoors with flashBuy for $31.99
How We Tested
The Moment team is a collection of passionate film photographers. We love to discuss which cameras to use, the variety of films best suited for different environments, and which vintage straps would be perfect for our medium formats. Our supply coordinator provided the film photographers with a selection of stocks to test out over the weekend for launch assets. I consulted with the team to write this article and shared my experiences using each film roll, though I cannot pick a favorite! I hope my words and the team's example pictures have given you a glimpse of what these stocks are capable of.