Don’t be Blue Unless You’re a Roll of Velvia 50 120


For clear, sharp contrasting colours and deep tones of blues, this is the film to find and use. Best for daylight shooting but don’t be fooled this low iso can do some great things whilst the sun is setting.

When I began my Lomography missions, I was quick to discover the joys of slide film as well as the price of it. I had found a few expired rolls of slide but they did not last long, and when faced with a triple the price for fresh slides, I had to come up with a plan.

I figured the place that would have the most slide film was the head offices of the film companies themselves, and so I got on the phone and made a call to the Fuji headquarters in South Africa. They were friendly enough and told me they had boxes of expired film in their warehouse and I just needed to get one of their branches to give them a call and they would send it on for R16 a roll.

Of course, I did this immediately, not knowing what film was coming my way. When the boxes arrived, the shop gave me a call and I rushed over to open what was to become my staple film of Velvia 50 (both 120 and 35mm).

So now, onto the film. Being an ISO 50 film, you need a fair amount of light to correctly expose your images. However, that is not always the case this film is great for silhouettes and creating moody shots. I advise shooting on a slower shutter speed with a wide aperture like 5.6 or lower. It is possible to overexpose this film. However, depending on the effect you going for, it can work to your advantage. By overexposing, you can blow out the sky for instance.

The images are crisp and smooth without a hint of grain. There is a definite blue tone to all the images, but with different scanning methods, you can in fact get it to have a yellow tone.

Using this film, I learned a lot about working with my aperture and shutter speed settings. Not only does it give you great shots but it teaches you a thing or two. It can also be used in simpler cameras by shooting on cloudy even if its during sunny weather.

I recommend this film as it is one I have in mounds and love to shoot on it, so give it a try!

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 nicx on 2011-12-06 #gear #blue #slide #review #slide-film #yellow #contrast #dark #clear #lomography #user-review #requested


  1. tasha_dylan
    tasha_dylan ·

    i love how you thought outside the box about how to get film!!

  2. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    Beautiful images! Try sending some off for regular E-6 processing as well -- I think you'll be astounded at the results.

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