Film Photography

Shooting Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

As of December, 2021, Fujifilm might have started sourcing an existing film from Kodak and labeling it Fujicolor 200 (article here). This is a review of classic Fujicolor 200.

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Kodak Pony 135, Model C

Since I returned to film photography in 2006, I’ve shot one more film than any other: Fujifilm Fujicolor 200. I started with this film because it was the least expensive option I could get easily. I’ve stuck with it because it works in so many situations and always looks good.

Fujicolor 200 (or C200) is a 35mm color film available in three packs of 36-exposure rolls. It used to be offered in single packs and in 24-exposure rolls, too, but Fujifilm cut those a few years ago. Fujifilm has discontinued a whole bunch of films since I returned to this hobby — including, possibly, this one in the United States, replacing it with a film sourced from Kodak but given the same name.

This is a consumer film rather than professional film. It’s meant to perform acceptably after having sat on a store shelf for who knows how long. I’ve shot rolls of this stuff that I left at room temperature for years and got good results.

It has a very wide exposure latitude so that even the simplest old camera will return usable images. I’ve shot it successfully at EI 100, 200, and 400 with no loss of quality that I could discern. I’ve seen others shoot it at EI 800 and get acceptable results.

It also has a well-saturated color palette, leading to bright and bold colors. This seems to be the biggest criticism of this film. Fortunately, shooting it at EI 100 tones the saturation down a little. But after having shot miles of this film, to me, this is what color film is supposed to look like.

Fujicolor 200 could be the best bargain in film today. I buy this stuff in my nearby big-box store in three packs for $13, which works out to 12 cents a frame. That’s less expensive per frame than in 2006, when I started using this stuff. Then I paid ten bucks for a three pack of 24-exposure rolls, which is 14 cents a frame. This film defies inflation!

I’m lucky to have this inexpensive source. The usual places online sell that same three pack for $15 to $19 plus shipping (as of January, 2022, when I’m writing this).

These images show that saturation Fujicolor 200 is known for. At snapshot sizes, grain is hard to discern. It becomes noticeable as you enlarge your images, but it’s somewhere between unobtrusive and pleasing.

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Nikon F2AS, 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Zoom-Nikkor
Ford F-500 fire truck
Konica Autoreflex T3, 50mm f/1.7 Hexanon AR
America's diner
Pentax IQZoom 170SL
Leaves
Minolta Maxxum 7000i, 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Minolta AF Zoom
Seat
Canon Dial 35-2
Jewel Box Jewelers
Kodak VR35 K12

There are sharper color films than Fujicolor 200. But this film is plenty capable of getting good detail.

Times Building, Brazil on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Minolta XG 1, 45mm f/2 Minolta MD Rokkor X
Pink flowers on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Konica Autoreflex T3, 50mm f/1.7 Hexanon AR
Downtown Kirklin on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Olympus Trip 35
Bridgeton on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80

Fujicolor 200 often renders white skin tones a little ruddier than real life, but not so much as to be unrealistic. I’ve never shot a person of color with this film, so unfortunately I can’t comment on how it handles nonwhite skin tones.

Damion on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Pentax ME, 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A
Happy student on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80
Margaret at Coxhall Gardens on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Rollei 35B
A portrait of the photographer on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Nikon N60, 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor
Michael at Sonka's on Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
Konica C35 Automatic

I’ve made some of my most satisfying images on Fujicolor 200.

Garrett, down the hall
Minolta XG 1, 45mm f/2 MD Rokkor-X
Leaves on the iron bench *EXPLORED*
Canon A2e, 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF
Circle Tower
Olympus OM-1, 50mm f/1.8 F. Zuiko Auto-S
One Nine Five
Nikon Nikomat FTn, 50mm f/2 Nikkor H-C
Putnam County bridges
Argus a-four
Please be seated
Sears KS Super II, Auto Sears 50mm f/2
Every step of the way *EXPLORED*
Nikon N2000, 50mm f/1.8 Nikon Series E

Now that I’ve heaped praise onto this inexpensive color film, I’m going to tell you that I prefer this film’s slightly slower brother, Fujicolor 100! (I’ve reviewed it twice, here and here.) But that film is hard to come by (it’s officially only available in Japan) and expensive when you do find it. For pennies a frame, it’s hard to beat Fujicolor 200!

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15 thoughts on “Shooting Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

  1. arhphotographic says:

    Greetings. Your images demonstrate how versatile this film is . Looking forward to moving to it in the spring😊 However only a few rolls left😞
    Andrew

  2. I loved Fuji’s color film but haven’t bought much recently, it’s been mostly Gold 200 and now Ultramax 400 in the last year or two and honestly those two films have grown on me a lot. This Summer I went around to all the local Wal-Marts and bought whatever they had stocked in Fuji 35mm and I’m glad I did because I was able to shoot a bit more of the stuff but I didn’t know at that time that Fuji had shut down their manufacturing. I hope it’s temporary but knowing Fuji this could be the end.

  3. Lovely images. I love the Kodak professional films, but in the consumer price bracket C200 has been a favourite. It has been quite hard to get for at least two years now, would be a shame if it is no more…..

    • I’ve shot the Kodak pro films, but I don’t love them so much more than Fuji 200 (or Kodak Max 400) that I’m generally willing to pay the steep premium for them.

      Rumor has it Fuji has stopped making rollfilm, at least temporarily.

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  5. Kevin Thomas says:

    Fuji C200 was a favorite from the start of my current analog camera journey – it was cheap, it was at Walmart, it looks great. Haven’t seen it locally in 3 – 4 years now, and while I’ve still got a little bit, it’s bend mostly Superia 400 of the Kodak consumer films when I find a good deal on Amazon. Superia disappeared from Walmart for 2 – 3 years but has recently made a comeback.

    That said, I’m shooting mainly B&W these days – I can develop and scan that at home 😁😁

    • I shoot about 75% bw these days myself for much the same reason. I don’t love the developing and scanning, but I do love the fast turnaround I can get in the home lab. I sent four rolls of color off to Dwayne’s about eight days ago and I am trying to be patient waiting for them to turn them around.

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