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.