Fuji Superia Venus 800 in Malaysia

It’s not the first time I’ve shot this film but it’s the first time I’ve used it in the way it’s intended, for casual happy snaps. The missus and I were in Malaysia recently to see family and I didn’t want to bring heavy gear, so I brought an old Canon EOS 5 and this one roll of film. I’m happy with the results, all things considered. The lens I used is Canon’s cheapest EF-mount 50mm f/1.8, but it’s plenty crisp here.

I didn’t want to think too hard so I just left the camera in P mode and let it figure things out for itself. The high ISO rating meant I didn’t have to contend with slow shutter speeds even in dark conditions, which was great. I really wish the sky in Melaka didn’t look so grey, but I think that’s just how it is with really contrasty scenes. It was a very bright day with not many clouds in the blue sky, but anything I was taking photos of needed the extra exposure, blowing out the sky.

My general verdict is that I like Superia Venus 800, so it’s a shame that it’s been discontinued. The grain isn’t too prominent and colours seem good, pretty accurate in most conditions. If anything they’re a little bit muted, and the scans are overly boosted.