I have a confession to make: as much as I love 35mm film, I have never – until now – taken an interest in all the different types of 35mm film out there. Call it laziness or call it practicality; my local lab mostly stocks Fujicolor Superia 200, which is reasonably priced and gives good results, so that is what I have been using.

This summer, in the spirit of exploration, I loaded my Minolta with a roll of a film brand I had never heard of before: Tudorcolor XLX 200. The other day I got the scans back from the lab. My first reaction was that I love the vividness of the colour tones with this film.

The blue tones are perhaps especially striking, from dark to light blue with every shade in between: jennygr-tudorcolor1 jennygr-tudorcolor5 jennygr-tudorcolor2

However, red and green tones turn out equally well:
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At this point I wanted to know more: who produces this film? Is it possible to get hold of more of it? After some googling, I find various forum discussions and a couple of reviews. I haven’t been able to verify any of this, but here is the information I have been able to dig up about Tudorcolor: it is said to be cheap, of good quality, and made by a now supposedly defunct company.

Finally, the most interesting piece of information of all: Rumour has it that Tudorcolor is a rebranded version of Fujicolor Superia. If this is true, no wonder I like this film so well!

Now I wonder which brand to try next. Give me recommendations in the comments – I would love to hear what your favourite 35mm film brand is, and why!

~ All the best from Jenny.