Bob, the Fugi H471S tapes give better colour than their regular S-VHS blanks. I only use them for special things I'm archieving and to make my cable-access TV show. Maxell has BQ (Broadcast Quality) S-VHS tapes that are almost on par with H471S tapes. I say almost because it's been my experience that the BQ's have more dropouts than the 471's. The BQ's do have one advantage, they come in T-128 and T-182 lengths. The 471's come in T's 30, 60, 90, and 120. Buy acouple of the step-up tapes and see what you think. They're better tapes but the law of diminishing returns is at work and how important is better colour to record some things...? Best wishes!
Fuji! The best! The high end Fuji is even better, I've used a lot of different tapes and Fuji, Quantagy, and TDK are my fav. I have some old svhs tapes (never played more than once) with the same content on them recorded at the same time with the same equipment and the the Fuji have better colour and don't seem to degrade as much as cheap maxell, sony, etc.