As part of our tireless quest to bring you the most complete analogue film information on the planet, we present Part 3 of the Great Big Lomography Film Bible: Colour Reversal/Slide Film Edition. Today, it’s all about Fuji!
Fuji Astia RAP – ISO: 100
With Agfa films, it’s often the reds and blues that stand out, with Kodak, a heavy blue tint can be noted on many cross-processed images. And with Fuji? It’s the greens, as Astia is no exception. Shoot it in the brightest daylight and you’ll get a fairly balanced image, even when cross-processed, but introduce shadows and lower light, and you’re likely to get some extra green, which can be fabulous with certain palettes, but can sometimes wreak havoc with skin tones. Employing a flash will tone this effect down when shooting people, and shooting Astia without cross-processing results in more balanced and lovely, saturated colours.
Fuji Multispeed RMS 100/1000 – ISO: 100/1000
Love it or hate it, Fuji Multispeed RMS 100/1000 is unlike anything else. The emulsion is supposed to allow photographers to set the ISO from 100 to 1000 and enable shots under almost any lighting conditions. Does it work? Depends who you ask and what camera you are using. RMS in a Holga, Diana or other camera that doesn’t have an ISO setting can produce unusual and exciting cross-processed images, often with a blown-out black background and the typical Fuji green tinge. The film performs more steadily and predictably in an LC-A, rangefinder or SLR with an ISO setting.
Fuji Provia – ISO: 100 (RDP)/ 400 (RXP)/ *1600 (RSP)
Popular Provia is the all-around favourite of the Fuji family for many photographers, particularly because of its availability in a versatile 400 speed. Expect strong greens and yellows when cross-processing and even the occasional surprise blue tint. Few slide films are produced at a medium speed that can be used indoors or outdoors, day or night (with a flash or light meter), so if you’re looking for a quality go-anywhere film, this is it. In the slower 100 speed, it’s closer to Astia than Velvia and the discontinued 1600 speed film is ideal for shooting at night and push-processing.
Fuji Provia 100 RDP
Fuji Provia 400 RXP
Fuji Provia 1600 RSP
Fuji Sensia – ISO: 100 (RD or RA)/ 200 (RM)/ 400 (RH)
Fuji’s basic, consumer slide film, Sensia is cheap (well, compared to professional slide film, anyhow) and available everywhere from pro camera shops to local pharmacies all over the world. As to be expected with any consumer slide film, the colour balance can be unpredictable and the grain more visible than you’d get with a silky smooth professional film, but the one surprising thing about Sensia is that it the greens are not always as pronounced when cross-processed as they are with many other Fuji films. Go figure.
Fuji Sensia 100 RD/RA
Fuji Sensia 200 RM
Fuji Sensia 400 RH
Fuji Velvia RVP – ISO: 50/100
And now for something completely different — at least for Fuji. The most saturated of the slide films of Fuji’s menu, Velvia is always rich with colour, whether cross-processed or not. The slow speed and smooth grain make for a photographic treat when shot in daylight, and cross-process this film and you’re likely to get bold reds and pinks rather than the usual Fuji greens and yellows, making Velvia and especially fun film to shoot if you’re one for dramatic images and effects.
Fuji Velvia 50 RVP
Fuji Velvia 100 RVP
Fujichrome T64 RTP – ISO: 64
This slow-speed film is made to be shot under Tungsten light, but take it for a spin in daylight and you’ll get all sorts of unusual colour shifts; cross-process it if you want to push those oddities just a little bit further. Or, if you have access to a studio equipped with Tungstens, try shooting it as it was meant to be and expect deep saturation and even skin tones in portraits.
Pamela Klaffke is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who now works as a novelist and photographer.