View Full Version : It's Official... RVP 50's Days Are Numbered

Scott Rosenberg
12-Feb-2005, 11:20
for anyone who hasn't already heard...

The Official Press Release (http://www.fujifilm.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/PREventDetailPage.jsp?DBID=NEWS_825274&CAT_ID=-1007)

Brian Vuillemenot
12-Feb-2005, 14:22
If it ain't broke, don't fix it- looks like I better invest in a large freezer!

Brett Deacon
12-Feb-2005, 16:47
Is the "new" Velvia 100 described in the press release the same as the currently available Velvia 100? On paper this looks like a much improved film but in practice (in 35mm anyway) I have found it to be significantly less sharp than Velvia 50. Has anyone else noticed this?

12-Feb-2005, 16:57
I read a review of the 100f last summer on Ken Rockwell's site. He did not like it much but did mention the 100 in the review. It was available in Japan and I seem to recall he either tried some or saw prints from some and liked it, comparing it to the 50. I would welcome the increase in speed, all other things being equal.

Graham Hughes
12-Feb-2005, 17:18
In a confusing move, Fuji has two different 100 speed Velvias in the Japanese market; 100F and 100. 100F is the same 100F you get elsewhere; it has a different color palette from 50 which a lot of people like Rockwell don't like. 100 is supposedly same color palette, one stop faster. Whether it has the same ability to resolve detail is up for grabs, but I don't actually like the Velvia palette so this is a non-issue for me.

Donald Hutton
12-Feb-2005, 18:23
I obtained a stash of 120 RVP100from a friend in Japan about a year ago. I really like it. The palette is very slightly different from RVP50, but close enough. I do like the extra stop and probably it's biggest advantage over RVP50, is no reciprocity correction up to 60 seconds. RVP50 is a very tricky film for long exposures. While I am a fan of RVP50 and have a very large stash in my freezer, I'll be very happy to be able to get RVP100 in 4X5.

Jeffrey Sipress
12-Feb-2005, 19:56
I sure am liking the 100F. And, as demonstrated by a Fuji rep to me, the colors are more accurate. YMMV.

Lloyd Lim
12-Feb-2005, 23:59

If you want accurate colors, use Astia 100F. :)

At least I still have 4 boxes of 50sheet RVP50 in my freezer

I've tried 100F and it does seem tamer than RVP50 - if I really want those "accurate" colors, I'll use Astia over Velvia 100F anyday.

Let's hope that the new Velvia 100 will be similar to RVP 50, for overcast days :)

13-Feb-2005, 06:54
By the way: Does anybody need outdated (August 2004) Velvia 50 RVP 8x10" ?

I can get hands on about a dozen of 10 sheet packs at about EUR 40,- each.

Actually I donīt do any 8x10" but I guess thatīs a fair deal ...

Glenn Kroeger
13-Feb-2005, 10:31
Heaven forbid I should disagree with Ken Rockwell (since he apparently has the paranormal power to evaluate and review cameras he has never physically seen or touched) but Velvia 100F scans much better than Velvia 50 with far less apparent grain, and in most cases the colors are saturated AND realistic. That said, Velvia 50 still leaps off the light table with some images.

This has a nice comparison of Velvia 100 and Velvia 100F:

http://www.fujifilm.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/bin/Velvia100_Leaf_Final.pdf (http://www.fujifilm.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/bin/Velvia100_Leaf_Final.pdf)

tor kviljo
13-Feb-2005, 10:42
Even more thanks to Process Supplies Ltd. of London for selling me the last fifty 10-sheet boxes of surplus Velvia in half-plate size last year. I then thought it was an overkill buying that many boxes - but I don't think that kind'of stupid thoughts anymore...

13-Feb-2005, 13:53
I guess this is where being some what color blind is a problem. In the link supplied by Glen I see absolutely no difference in color between the two films. Is there one?

Glenn Kroeger
13-Feb-2005, 14:04

It is subtle, but look at the yellow and orange saucers (plates?). They are somewhat darker and more saturated.

tim atherton
13-Feb-2005, 14:53
Finally, at least one good thing has come out of the decline in the film market