The Three Faces of E100VS.


It may be a bit on the costly side, but this is a film well worth picking up in large batches when you can - especially if you're a fan of cross-processing.

After spending most of the year shooting Velvia and Provia variants almost exclusively, I felt like a change, and having heard good things about E100VS, I took the plunge and bought a pack.

First things first: despite the “vivid saturation” implied in the VS, I’m not entirely sure that I’d take E100VS over Velvia for nature photography (or any other time when I want ridiculously saturated slides). It’s a pretty close call, though, so you be the judge.

While I didn’t dislike the shots I got from that first roll, I wasn’t overly struck; why pay through the nose when the results don’t seem too dissimilar to the cheaper Provia? However, Kodak film is often rated quite highly when cross-processed, and E100VS is no exception!

Under daylight, you get a slight color-shift towards blue and good, rich contrast. It’s probably better to rate the film at 200ISO instead of the 100ISO I went for, though, to avoid the washed-out highlights I got on some of these shots (In fact, that’s a good tip when you’re cross-processing a lot of slide films).

But cross-processed night shots look totally different; much richer, with barely any noticeable color-shift at all, no matter how you shoot.

Personally, this isn’t going to replace Provia and Velvia for my daylight shots. But for cross-processing – particularly at night – I can’t think of a widely-available film that could do much better!

written by coldkennels on 2011-03-06 in #reviews #120mm #e100vs #holga #tlr #daylight #e6 #x-pro #yashica #kodak #slide-film #night


  1. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    sadly, I'm more interested in what camera you're using :)

  2. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    Hahaha, sorry about that! I normally put it underneath the galleries - I must have forgotten. Anyway, all the daylight photos were taken with a Yashica Mat 124G, and the night time ones were from a Holga 120N with the occasional use of close-up filters.

    I'd completely forgotten about this review - I wrote it ages and ages ago! There must be one hell of a backlog.

  3. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    This is one of my all time favorite films - thanks for the review :)

  4. niko_fuzzy
    niko_fuzzy ·

    the power of E100VS

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