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Fuji Velvia 50 35mm Color Slide: A Beginner's (Very) Non-Technical Review

I am by no means an expert on film stocks, but here is my opinion of Fuji's Velvia 50 ISO slide film (cross-processed).

Photo by joefrank

Not too long ago I purchased a 5-roll box of Fuji Velvia 50 Color Slide Film, with the intent to cross-process it. The results have been pretty stunning. As you can see from the pictures, this film heavily favors the greens, which is really great for landscapes. It makes the greens in the grass and trees really pop, and it turns the sky an awesome bluish-green color. It’s a very dynamic look, in my opinion.

On overcast days, the pictures take on a completely different look:

As you can see, it preserves skin tones fairly well, and mainly effects the greens and blues.

There was one thing I noticed, and that was how much your exposure effects the outcome of the picture. If you don’t nail it, it might not turn out as well. Slightly under-exposing can cause your shot to lose a lot of color. Take a look at the following comparisons. The first of each set is the underexposed image, and the second is properly exposed.

The second is example is a little extreme, but if you’re shooting a sunset, it can be tricky to know how to expose your shot. I think the only answer is to shoot as many exposures as you can to make sure you capture those sunset shots just right. A couple of stops can make a huge difference!

At times when you’re shooting in complete shade, it yields a soft, bluish tone, like in the shot of the newspaper and the shot of the purple flowers. I think a lot of this is the nature of cross-processing – you never really know exactly what you’re going to get! Which is what’s so fun about it.

Overall, I highly recommend this film. It’s fairly affordable, and worth every penny. Get some today and enjoy what that extra green boost does to all these beautiful fall colors!

written by joefrank

6 comments

  1. buckshot

    buckshot

    Joe, I admire the effort you've put into this review, but I'm sorry, I completely disagree - in fact, I think it's a CRIME and a SIN to x-pro Velvia 50...! To get blues and greens and reds and yellows that *really* pop, Velvia 50 has to be processed in E-6. To support my point, please have a look at my album here: http://www.lomograph(…)s-is-velvia Now tell me honestly you wouldn't rather have colours like those than the wishy-washy ones that result from crossing this fabulous film? In my opinion, x-pro should be reserved for cheaper films - not great ones like Velvia or Ektachrome.

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  2. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    Nice article, I also made a review about this film =D http://www.lomograph(…)ew-you-well

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  3. luxxx

    luxxx

    I am a big fan of Velvia 50 and also cross processed: I love the blue and greens and the sharpness of the film!
    http://www.lomograph(…)ia-50-x-pro

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  4. joefrank

    joefrank

    Wow, I didn't even know this article had been published, and I looked today and saw 15 likes! I'm so surprised and pleased to know that many people liked this review. Thank you to all who took the time to read it :) @buckshot: those E-6 processed shots look really great! I've actually never processed any film E-6, I've only cross-processed all my slide film. I'll have to try it sometime! I definitely wasn't trying to rule out any other possible uses for this film - again, I'm very inexperienced in all of this :) Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment!
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  5. jawatembak

    jawatembak

    great set of pictures man! btw e-6 is so damn expensive nowadays..
    nevertheless great color you got there @buckshot!

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  6. andyresag

    andyresag

    I like the comparison you made. I noticed similar when crossing the velvia 50. So when I plan to cross a film later I mostly even add some exposure time(one step) to what light meter says. I think it's also a good way for exposing other silde films like Lomo's Xpro Crome 100 when you plan to cross it. This way I got popping colors in most cases.

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