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Best Film? Fuji or Kodak?

Hello, I'm going on a trip to Egypt in a few weeks. I am trying to figure out what brand and speed film to bring with me. I will more than likely bring a combination of films, but nonetheless, I still am interested in what film you think is better....100 speed? 200? or should I go for the more versatile 400 speed film? Are prints from 400 speed film THAT much more grainy than those obtained from 100 speed, or is it hardly noticeable? (I may enlarge a few pictures, depending on how they turn out of course).
Second part of my question...What brand of film? I was looking at Kodak Gold 100 or 200 speed, the Kodak Max 400, the Kodak Ultra Color, or the less expensive Fuji Superia Extra? Could you give me your top two choices please?
Thank you in advance for all of your help!!!

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2/21/2005 8:20:47 PM

Tom Walker   1st The sun is bright with a lot of sand in that area of the world so I would go with the ISO 200, and that should be good for pretty good enlargements
2nd Every photographer has his favorites and whether u like kodak or fuji is a personal choice.
Its been several yrs since I was in Egypt, but I had a problem there, in the larger cities like Cairo and Alexandria fresh film was readily available, but once I got away from the tourist trails, I was forced to buy outdated film, some of which had sucummed to the heat.

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2/22/2005 11:12:12 AM

Scott Manuel   I'd suggest Kodak, it has a warmer feel to it, moreso then Fuji...and bring plenty of your own.....for ISO/ASA, 200 and 400 is good...200 is good for detail..not a lot of grain..and 400 is good for multipurpose

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2/23/2005 2:10:21 PM

Jennifer E. Betser
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  I donít think either film is necessarily better than the other.. However some things to think about in color films : Fuji has a more blue tone to it, and Kodak as a warmer yellow tone to it.

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3/25/2005 1:18:12 PM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  The look of your prints is often determined by the lab. The operator has a lot of control over color rendition.

My lab uses a Fuji machine and Fuji paper and does a better job with Fuji films.

Brian: Ask your lab (or store that does your printing) whether they seem to get better results with Kodak or Fuji film.

You should also shoot one roll of Fuji Superia 200 and one roll of the Kodak 200 film -- around home. Get them printed by the same lab that you will use for your Egypt photos.

This should tell you which film you prefer, given the photofinishing that you get.

Peter Burian

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3/26/2005 7:54:20 AM

Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  i work on a photo lab and the answer Peter Burian gave you about fuji paper and fuji film is very true we use fuji paper in our lab (wal-mart 1 hour). with all the photos I deveolped over the years ive noticed, in my personal opinion fuji is better than kodak.

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3/27/2005 9:14:02 PM

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