Fuji Velvia 50 RVP 120: Perfection for Landscape and Still Life


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.

written by ibkc on 2011-11-14 #gear #landscape #medium-format #120 #review #slide-film #e6 #still-life #lomography #velvia #x-pro #user-review #requested #fuji-velvia-rvp-50-120

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  1. veato
    veato ·

    I had my first Velvia 50 experience recently and was blown away. So much so that I could never bring myself to cross-process it now. It's just too good :)

    I've also got some Velvia 100 (not 100F) in the fridge waiting for the right moment!

  2. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    I just got a roll of Velvia 50 free with a camera. Don't think i will cross process either, such an amazing film, it would seem wrong.

  3. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    Really, though, cross-processing it has its applications; so don't write it off entirely. Like all true cross-processing, it can be unpredictable, but Velvia 50 when cross-processed can really set a mood that brings to mind anything from moodiness, vintage, to decay. You'll note my x-pro'd examples are of kind of sad, decayed, overgrown places - this is intentional. I actually have a few other examples that I didn't upload, where the blues overruled the purples, and gave a more conventional cross-process look. I'm not saying to go out and abuse your Velvia 50 and I actually had trouble uploading images to the article so it's not clear how much I've had processed as E6. It is meant to be a slide film and it really is best processed as that under most circumstances. I'm just saying that if you have a special project that calls for that kind of mood, don't be afraid to cross-process it.

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