Fuji Provia is always delicious when cross processed. Perhaps, like a fine wine, it gets better with age…
I purchased 15 rolls of Fuji Provia 35mm last year, my first big catch on an online auction site. I was hugely pleased as I got it at a tiny percentage of the cost of new. The one caveat, it had expired, and not just recently, six years ago!
I’d never shot Provia before, I had no idea what expect. I intended from the get-go to cross process, again something I was new at. I’d done this before with some Kodak Ektachrome 100, which (at the time I purchased it I didn’t know) just gets more contrasty, with no particular color shift.
Image my pleasure when the Provia came back heavily shifted to the blues and greens. This, doubled by the fact that I had shot at sea and so my photos were dripping in colour.
I’ve never shot new Provia before, so I can’t compare, and I’ve never shot it without cross processing, so I can’t say how that compares. What I can say is, set the ISO to 200 and the results are fantastic, even under difficult, very bright light where cross processing can bleach the highlights totally (lost a whole roll of Kodak Elite Chrome this way). So it’s pretty much bulletproof.
I’ve also more recently got hold of some of the 120 version, a little older (2005). Also brilliant!
Unlike other expired films, the grain seems very minimal too, even when assaulted with C41. I highly recommend Provia 100F especially for a xpro newbie. I also highly recommend getting it expired. It seems to age well.
Fuji Provia 100F 35mm is just the thing when you don’t want to be slapped around the face with saturation but equally don’t fancy understatement in your images. Provia is strong and saturated, but never overdone – even when cross processed. See the whole range of colour slides in our Shop.
written by adam_g2000 on 2012-03-29 #gear #review #expired-film-fuji-provia-cross-porcessed-xpro-x-pro