Although it’s ISO might seem slightly intimidating, with hard work and concentration this film will produce amazing images no matter what camera you use.
As strange as it may seem, Kermit the Frog was right when he said “It’s not easy being green.” I admit I was attracted to the gnarly green goods that xpro’ed Velvia has in store for those who choose to accept its challenge, but I was intimidated by the low ISO rating. However I took a spending spree to the NYC store and thought I’d give this film a try.
I first put a roll through my Yashica Mat TLR mainly because of the low ISO rating. When I put the film in, it was cloudy out and I wasn’t sure my Holga CMY could take it. When I received the roll back from my lab I was amazed by the emotionally unstable green cast that all the pictures had. Over expose the film and it will give you a slight green cast but retains most colors. When exposed regularly it will give you a strong overtone of green that gives a rich feeling. Not an unhealthy green, but a green much like the color of new grass or a blooming tree which can give a picture a good vibe. Lastly, when you drastically underexpose this film it gives you a very eerie insanitary look.
This film is very rewarding no matter what the camera. TLRs and other professional medium format cameras make it a very flexible easier to work with. This film can be a challenge with a Holga or Diana+. And with such a low ISO rating it is hard to control exposure with a Holga or Diana+ and can usually only be used if it is very bright out. HOWEVER, this film is great for long exposures in Lomography cameras.
Overall I highly recommend that you don’t cower away from this film, take on the challenge of an ISO 50 film, train and master it to your liking, and cherish the photos that you receive from it.