Fuji Provia 400X

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  1. Allan Swindles

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    As a user of Velvia 50 or 100 for macro work I now need a faster slide film for use with a f6.3 420mm. telephoto lens (300mm. f4.5 + 1.4X conv.). Has anyone tried Provia 400X film? The makers claim results comparable with 100 ISO.
     
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    It is super.
     
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    Very good but I do see grain under a loupe which I don't see with Velvia.
     
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    A 300mm lens for macro work!?
    Try Provia 100F pushed to 400, which lends itself ideally to this situation and its characteristics remain pleasing.
     
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    I have had very good results with it.

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    The finest grain in 400 speed. Better than 100F pushed.
     
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    Yes, I have tried it. ?
     
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    I have shot a couple of rolls and would not say it is comparable to 100 speed (at least the current ones) - there is the expected increase in grain and decrease in sharpness. For 400 speed though it is fantastic, and color saturation is much better than the old 400F. FWIW, I shoot mostly Velvia 50 and 100F and in low light I generally prefer pushing 100F to 200 rather than switching to Provia 400x. Grain is finer than 400x and contrast and saturation are higher (not always good things, but pleasing to me if the light is flat).
     
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    Where do you all get your slides processed that will push them?
     
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    www.theslideprinter.com
     
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    Have to agree with this assessment. I also sense the film has a tad of a cold tone to it, though I am a Velvia and Astia fan.
     
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    I can highly recommend Provia 400X. It has quickly become my favourite 400 ISO colour film. The colours are rich but not oversaturated. I have not shot the older 400F variant so I can't comment on the improvement in grain vs the older version. However, the grain is very well controlled for a 400 ISO film.

    It's slightly more expensive than other slide films, at least here in Sweden, but worth the extra money in my opinion.

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    Thanks for your replies folks, I'm encouraged. I am waiting for some to arrive. BTW, I'm not using the 300mm lens for macro work as perhaps I implied, but for wildlife photography.
     
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    A&I in L.A. You can order mailers from them or B&H. Duggal in New York. Any pro lab should be able to push/pull E-6, usually in half stop, and sometimes smaller increments.
     
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    superb stuff. Very fine grain for 400 and much more 100 like colours. Very very impressive...
     
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    Yes that is my experience too.
     
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    Not bad, excellent for a ISO 400 slide; much better than my dad's old agfachromes. The grain is pleasant, to say. It adds something to your photo.

    How good is this film for portraiture? I'd like to have it as general use, love slides. And usually do portraits at the same time.
    Too bad slides are horrible for fluorescent lighting without filter. In a trip I should do one of the next summers I'll have to make a family photo under fluorescent lighting. It's said that Fuji 400H does nice work under this lighting. I Will have to try. I should do that photo with a medium format camera (rollei TLR, bay I) so filters are a bit problematic, and it becomes ISO 125, so need slower speeds; and people have a little normal movement...
     
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    If you need 400, you need 400, whether it is good or bad. Luckily it is a good one. It is my favorite general purpose transparency film (used to be 400F), and the only 400-speed one that I am aware of aside from Sensia 400 (thus is the only one in medium format).
     
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    I agree with 2F/2F. I don't use it unless I have to, but I am glad that it exists because all the other options are much worse in terms of grain and flat color. It is not equivalent in grain/color to a 100 speed film.
     
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    Provia 400X looks very similar to Fujichrome RD(P)100 (3rd generation, 1988 - 1992) or even RF(P) 50, which both were good slide films even by today's standards.
     
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    Wonderful film, especially when pushed. The only other comparable film I use is Kodak E200 (not Elite Chrome, which is different). Fuji Provia 400X is a little cold to greenish with skin tones, but quite well balanced for any other subject matter. I have shot it out to ISO 3200, with quite good results. It makes an excellent choice in low light situations.

    Ciao!

    Gordon Moat Photography
     
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    Do you push it yourself, or tell your lab to push it 3 stops?