Fuji Velvia 50 120 Review


Fuji Velvia 50 is one of those films that I feel is timeless. However, I haven’t even had the chance to process a roll as it was intended, through E-6 processing. It produces great results from a daylight film even in overcast conditions.

Having never used Fuji Velvia 50 120 before, I was a bit worried. With the ISO being so low I had concerns about light. Actually, lack of enough light. So when I shot this roll, I wanted to make sure it was sunny, which it was when I had left my house. However, as we all know, things change—and the weather did. It had become overcast, but the sun was still high and trying desperately to break through the dense clouds. But I was at my destination and had no other cameras with me but my Agfa Click II, so I went out with great determination.

The film itself was introduced in 1990, and as it’s been said before, it is intended for outdoor and landscape photography with its high contrast, low speed, and fine grain. Now, it’s not that this film isn’t good for portraits. I’ve read that it renders “surprising” results, which with us being lomographers is right up our alley. I happened to shoot this roll for outdoor and landscape photos, so I have no examples nor comments on the results of “shooting outside the box,” so to speak.

When I went to the lab to get my negatives I knew just from looking at them on the lightbox that they had exceeded my expectations. Then when I had gotten home and scanned them in, I was overjoyed at the results and the surprises. There were two photos in particular, two photos shot back to back yet because of the cross processing, which yielded entirely different results. The first photo below is what the majority of the roll looked like: heavy greens and yellows. Now, the 2nd photo is more true to the scene with high contrast, I was blown away by this photo and couldn’t believe it had come from the same roll. The water was a deep dark blue almost black and the swan an amazingly bright white with a deep orange bill. Amazing!

Here’s a fun fact: I had thought that I loaded in Fuji Velvia 100 so I had anticipated those lovely red and pink hues that the 100 yields when cross-processed. So to say I was surprised when I got the negatives back is an understatement, and it took me a bit to figure out what happened. In retrospect, I regret nothing and I highly recommend that everyone try this film. It’s a great love of mine and I’m waiting for the right time to shoot another roll.

Lomo on!

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 blormore on 2011-12-05 #gear #medium-format #120 #review #120mm #fuji #velvia #xpro #cross-processed #fuji-velvia-50 #user-review #requested


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I have a roll of this in my freezer waiting for the right opportunity. I hope that happens soon!

  2. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Nice photos, the Xpro look is very subtle.

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