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March 2, 2003

Konica Launches Ultra-fine Grain Professional Film for Shooting Portraits


Tokyo (March 2, 2003) - Konica Corporation is proud to announce the introduction of Konica Color CENTURIA PRO 400, the company's new professional ISO 400 color negative film featuring rich gradation and ultra-fine grain for face tone depiction. The new film will be unveiled at the PMA 2003, being held from March 2 to 5 in Las Vegas, USA, and will be launched in the US market starting from May, 2003.

Konica CENTURIA PRO 400, which succeeds the advanced technologies of the CENTURIA SUPER series, is a new type of film that offers superior granularity, sharpness, and color reproduction, in addition to meeting strict professional requirements for gradations and neutrality. The film is available in 120/220 format and 135-size to satisfy not only professionals but also advanced amateurs and fans of the CENTURIA SUPER series who are looking for long-lasting stability, professional finish and the highest level of image quality.

Main features of the Konica CENTURIA PRO 400

  1. The highest level granularity in its class

    Super-fine crystal technology delivers exceptionally outstanding granularity in an ISO 400 film. Having high image quality without sacrificing speed, Konica CENTURIA PRO 400 is versatile film to use under any conditions.

  2. Subtle and beautiful face tones

    Thanks to the above outstanding granularity, it constantly delivers beautiful skin tones with natural transitions from highlights to shadows, even when shooting with flash.

  3. Soft gradations and exceptional neutrality

    The latest advanced emulsion technology offers soft and low-contrast gradations, which make this film ideal for portraits and other applications where smooth and elegant natural color reproduction is paramount.
    Colors are evenly expressed with a neutral gray balance for shooting delicate texture of wedding dress and tuxedos. Even rich red color and velvet touch of roses can be depicted beautifully with high saturation.

  4. Robust crystal design ensures long life stability

    Konica's innovative ultra-consistent crystals are designed to also block heat and natural radiation. This resistance to heat and natural radiation reduces degradation in sensitivity and granularity, thus contributing to enhance long life stability.

The addition of Konica CENTURIA PRO 400 to the Konica's professional product lineup will enhance the ease and confidence of taking portraits for demanding on-locations shots under various conditions.

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