Fuji Velvia 50 RVP has, for many years, been the film of choice for professional landscape photographers. And when you use it for this purpose, or for still life, you’ll see why. But cross-processing it yields fascinating results, too.
Fuji Velvia 50 RVP 120 has become one of my favorite films because of its incredible versatility. I read on the site of a professional photographer that it was and is THE film used by pros for landscape work because of its incredibly fine grain and deep saturation, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some and put it in my best camera, which as of now is my Rolleicord V, made around 1955. This camera sports a Schneider Xenar 3,5/75mm lens, not as great as the Rolleiflex cameras of the time, but still capable of fantastic shots with really wonderful, swirly bokeh.
The first roll I got, I cross-processed. Cross-processed Velvia 50 results in very green photos with green’s complementary, purple, as the dark color. I happen to love this color combination, so I was thrilled, especially given the subjects I chose to shoot for that roll.
Processed normally, Velvia 50 is exactly like that pro site promised: extremely high saturation and fine grain. So much so that using this film to photograph people is not recommended because they’ll wind up looking like they’ve been sun-fried or like they came from another planet — unless, of course, that’s the look you want, and it might well be! So go for it; just know what to expect.
Despite the very low speed of this film, I have been pleasantly surprised, too, at how well it handles lower-light situations. Again, though, I’ve not used it in my Holga (which is an older model and doesn’t take anything but higher-speed films) or my Diana F+; just my Rolleicord, and then, I was carefully metering the light and adjusting the settings accordingly. However, I have no reason to think it wouldn’t perform well in a Diana, especially in daylight.
To sum: I love this film and will be using it a lot more in the future!
Fuji Velvia 50 RVP 120 is known for its precise modulation, vivid colour reproduction and excellent image quality. This is the outstanding film for nature, fashion, products, interiors, and artwork photography. See the whole range of colour slides in our Shop.