Expired Fujichrome Provia 400X: A Film That Accentuates Earth Tones

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This film is by no means cheap. Even an expired roll can command a high retail price. But if you want a film that accentuates earth tone colors when cross processed, then this is the film to get.

Last year, I was able to get my hands on 5 rolls of Fujichrome Provia 400X film that expired in March 2010.

According to Fujifilm’s website, the Fujichrome Provia 400X is a “highly versatile film, perfect for landscape, nature, snapshot and portrait photography,” which “delivers the same vivid color reproduction and regulated gray balance as ISO 100 film.” Having seen photos of this film developed in E-6, I believe them. The photos I’ve seen are razor sharp for an ISO 400 film and when used before the expiry date.

But what happens when you cross process a roll that expired in March 2010? Well, the opportunity came when I was in Paris last year. As it was the start of winter, I knew I had limited sunlight, which meant an ISO 400 film was in order. Among my high speed films that I brought with me, were two rolls of the Fujichrome Provia 400x and I decided to use them first.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I got the photos back, I was truly surprised. The photos had so much character in them. The colors were muted and some slightly brownish, but I liked the way they turned out. Then it hit me. This particular batch of film in my bag accentuates earth tone colors.

Credits: uncle_jay

As such, the Fujichrome Provia 400X was one of my slide films of choice when I had the rare chance to photograph some horses in Singapore.

Credits: uncle_jay

Overall, I felt that cross processing the film did help enhance the color of the dark bay horses.

Credits: uncle_jay

Based on my experience, there are no huge color shifts when cross processing these rolls of expired films. So if you want saturated and wacky colors, this is not the film for you. But if you want subtle hints of brown or orange, then this could be a film for you to try.

written by uncle_jay on 2012-03-26 #gear #nikon-f601 #fujichrome-provia-400x #warm #expired-film #olympus-xa #brown #street-photography #earth-tones #horses #singapore #review #xpro #paris #cross-process

2 Comments

  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    love this film too! great shots,uncle :D

  2. ayer
    ayer ·

    It's beautiful! Gonna try it,
    I specially loved the colour of the trees in the first picture.

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