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Bang For Your Buck! $5 Film! Hilvale Sunny 16

October 13, 2016


If you know of Hillvale, you know they are all quality, Developing film from the suburbs in Brunswick. When I first heard about Hillvale Sunny 16, I was curious, with a film at only $5, how is the quality of it and what results would I get?

After getting my first roll developed I was impressed with the results for such a cheap film. This film is a great all round film and now has become part of my day-to-day use film when taking candid photos, traveling and random street photos. This film has great tones that are warm and smooth on skin. It is also nicely saturated with colours and has some film grain. It’s not massively noticeable, but just the “right” amount to give that film look.

I have even take it out on a few jobs and used it for behind the scene photos on some jobs and even alongside some portrait photo-shoots. I like Hillvale Sunny 16 more and more as I use it compared to other “Everyday” film stocks like Kodak Ultramax 400 that I find sometimes have too warm/red tones on some skin types, especially fair skin. Hillvale has a just the right amount of warmth. Blue’s and skies with this film are also amazing with a nice “pop” and colour to it. That's one of my favorite things about this film.


This film works really good for cameras that don't need to read the DX code to identity the film speed (like point and shoot cameras) as there is no pre-marked DX coding on the film canister. However not to worry, if you have a point and shoot camera, the canisters are marked with the DX coding on the label, it’s a simple process with careful hands to scrap of the white marking. Easy to do and works fine in any point and shoot camera.


Wanting to look more into this great film, I ran the film DX code through the website of “Dexter” to see what film it was based on. With some interesting results, as below:

Comparing it to other “Everyday” films like Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400 and Afga Photo Vista Plus 400, I still find Sunny 16 to be nicer, with better colours, guessing that it might be formulated just slightly different to the Fujifilm branded film, especially compared to Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400, that I find has more greens and less saturation to its photos.

This film is an overall great quality film and at an amazing price of $5 per roll. It is something worth using for your Everyday use.

This film is exclusive to FilmNeverDie (other than Hillvale of course). Pick up a few rolls in store or online today a give it a go: Hillvale Sunny 16 ISO 400 Colour Negative (35mm Roll Film, 27 Exposures) - 3 rolls

Written & Photos by James Juranke - Instagram | Website | Facebook




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