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Hello,

My name is Jared; I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but could not find a introductions forum on this site.

I became interested in photography back in the late 80's when my older brother bought a copy of Galen Rowell's "Mountain Light." We started going out and shooting landscapes around Las Vegas with our dad's Minolta X-370 (I think that is what it was) on Kodachrome 64 slide film. A little later my mom bought me a Nikon N5005 for use in my highschool photography classes. I chose Nikon because that is what Galen used for his outstanding work. At the beginning of the 90's, Fuji launched their awesome Velvia (RVP) slide film, and I switched to that for the most part; only buying Kodachrome when I could not get Velvia. To this day it is still the best film ever made IMO. Over the next decade until 2004 I shot a variety of Nikon film SLR's including an N90, F3HP, and F5 (my favorite).

In 2004 I became smitten with the idea of owning a pro-level Nikon DSLR. So I sold every superfluous piece of Nikon gear I had including my beloved F5 to procure a Nikon D2H. Dang those things are expensive!! I even tossed a pro-pack of original Velvia in the trash can thinking I would never use it again. So, fast forward to 2009. After five years of shooting a variety of both Nikon and Canon DSLR's I have rediscovered my love of shooting Fujichrome Velvia with the purchase of a EX+ condition F5 from KEH. I took the camera to Yellowstone for 10 days this August and used up a few rolls of the new Velvia 50. At first the lack of being able to chimp was a little disconcerting, but after a few frames on the shore of Jenny Lake I was back into my old routine. Working with a gray card and the zone system, I was able to capture the best images I have ever taken with that 11 year old F5. I am again in love with shooting film! Since I now own a small collection of Canon L glass, I decided to pick up a Canon film SLR. I now also own a KEH EX condition EOS-1V. I have not used it yet, but am looking forward to it.

My only worry, how long will I be able to buy Velvia before Fuji decides it is not economically viable and I am forced to start shooting DSLR's again?

Jared
 

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Jared,
Welcome to APUG!
 

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Welcome, Jared, to APUG. As to the availability of Velvia in the future...who knows? But I'm guessing it will be one of the last colour films to go as it is so popular with landscape photographers.
 

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welcome.

Follow my plan, which I derived from ordering inventory for my shop. If I need a part, I order three. That way I have two in stock. With film, I order what I need and tack one more onto it. Bag the extra and put in the freezer. Unlike the shop, where I use my inventory, I bank the film in the freezer. When I order more film, I will tack one more. This should build my supply of the films I like and if it is discontinued I have film. Now I hope they don't discontinue film developing services. I don't know how to process E-6.
 
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Great story, Jared. I still have the Minoltas that I grew up on. Welcome back into the fold and welcome to APUG.
 

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Jared - hello and welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts.

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Welcome from near Washington, DC.
 

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Brother, I hear 'ya. Last year I trading a 3 month old Nikon D700 for a M6 and an F5. Never looked back.
 
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Thanks for making me feel welcome guys. My current plan is to shoot these old film SLR's until Fuji quits feeding them LOL. It's somewhat comforting to know that somebody else out there still thinks that film photography is worthwhile, and that I am not the only one.

Jared
 

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Check out my last post: (there was a url link here which no longer exists)

WELCOME!!!!!
You will find the people here are more then willing to help you. It's pretty amazing.
 

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Hi Jared, welcome back.

Probably while you were away from film, Fuji discontinued the production of Velvia 50 (RVP50), but due to high levels of protests, and requests for its return, they reintroduced it. So hopefully you should find it around for a while yet. :smile:
 
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Hi Jared, welcome back.

Probably while you were away from film, Fuji discontinued the production of Velvia 50 (RVP50), but due to high levels of protests, and requests for its return, they reintroduced it. So hopefully you should find it around for a while yet. :smile:

Yes, I read about that. The original RVP was still in production back in 2004 when I left for digital, and when I returned in 2009 it is now called Velvia 50. I also noticed now that there are various flavors of Velvia 100, I'm not sure when those came out. Hopefully Fuji won't make that mistake again LOL. At first I read that the newer RVP50 was reformulated due to some of the ingredients being bad for the environment, and I've also read that some of the ingredients became too expensive. So I'm not sure exactly why they discontinued it, Velvia has always been a good seller as far as I know. In my niche of photography (landscape), Velvia is far and away the most popular, and has been since its introduction. I've shot quite a bit of the original stuff, and now about 5 rolls of the newer, and I can't say I can tell the difference.

Jared
 

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... At first I read that the newer RVP50 was reformulated due to some of the ingredients being bad for the environment, and I've also read that some of the ingredients became too expensive. So I'm not sure exactly why they discontinued it, Velvia has always been a good seller as far as I know. ...
Jared

Yes, the rationale Fuji published certainly made out that the formulation could no longer be supported economically, for various reasons. But the reformulation only seemed to come about after a period of protest from loyal users. So hopefully Fuji will be less inclined to discontinue the new formulation. Despite being primarily a B&W user, I am a bit of a fan of Velvia 50 myself.
 
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