An example of a photo shot with Konica Centuria Chrome 100.
Photo: Stephen Dowling
Back in the day, Konica was one of the only Japanese manufacturers to produce both film and cameras. They first started in the 1960s, offering a small selection of B&W and color films, and experimented through the rest of the century with a wide variety of offerings.
By 1999, the brand unveiled what would ultimately be its final film stock(s) in the form of Konica Centuria Chrome, which was available in ISOs ranging from 100 up to 1600. But by 2006, with the merger of Konica and Minolta, the line of film was quietly discontinued.
These days, Centuria Chrome is fairly easy to come across on eBay, but finding rolls that haven’t been fogged from a decade and a half of storage is a bit more challenging. That said, if you do come across a loose roll or two, it’s well worth running through your camera, as the results can be, well, pretty cool!
But don’t take our word for it, head over to KosmoFoto to read our pal Stephen Dowling’s take on the film stock – which he appropriately tested in his Zenit-E camera – and to view plenty more sample images shot with it.
About Film Fridays: In 2020, we officially launched our analog photography forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’re sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at KosmoFoto and 35mmc.