I’ve always wanted to shoot color positive film! The first time I saw the results of Velvia 50 I was amazed by the tonality and color rendition. Slide film is expensive, so I was very happy when I got 2 rolls of expired Fuji Provia 100F with my Zenza Bronica SQ-A! I made sure the camera was fully functional and loaded a roll of Provia 100F.
My first impressions after a one roll of Fuji Provia 100F?
Breathtaking is the best description! When I saw the first shot I took, it looked better than I remembered. The colors of Provia 100F are out of this world. Slide films are often praised for its vivid and saturated colors. Fuji Provia 100F is atypical in a sense that it doesn’t look that saturated compared to others, but that’s just to my liking.
As I’ve said before, it was the first time I’ve shot slide film, so receiving my developed film and seeing the colors immediately was a unique experience. When I put them on the light pad I was struck by the unique colors and overall look of the images. I’ve always liked softer colors that are vivid, but aren’t over saturated.
My impression is that the film is suited to most situations, but it shines when it’s used for landscape photography. The softness in the colors gives the images a dreamy feel, yet the colors are accurate. I’ve been thinking about how I would describe them and I haven’t found the correct phrasing… The colors are true to life, yet have a softness to them that is best described as dreamy.
I’m looking forward to shoot my next roll of Provia 100F, but I’ll have to wait until the weather gets better and the days are longer. The rolls I own are expired and shooting at ISO 50 isn’t the smartest thing to do in cloudy weather… I know the strengths of the film this time, so I’ll be on the lookout for some very nice landscapes to shoot in spring! If you’re looking to shoot some slide film, I highly recommend trying Fuji Provia 100F since it’s one of the cheaper ones on the market, yet boasts amazing sharpness and colors.
Furhermore, I got my hands on some expired Fujifilm Velvia 50 as well. Once I shot a roll of that, I will be making a comparison between both stocks. More info and pictures to follow!