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    Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Before I spring some bucks for a Wehman 8x10, I thought it prudent to see what film was available out there. There seems to be an empty space on the shelf for Velvia in this size in a lot of the places I'm checking. If you were shooting landscapes, what would you use to replace this film to get similar grain and color saturation in 8x10? Thanks

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Quote Originally Posted by squiress
    There seems to be an empty space on the shelf for Velvia in this size in a lot of the places I'm checking.
    Have you tried Samy's Pasadena store at (626) 796-3300? I was part of a group that persuaded Fuji USA to stock 8x10 Velvia 100 in the USA earlier this year, so I am surprised that the initial build would already be depleted. The film order was placed through Samy's, although Fuji agreed to also stock local inventory so stores like Badger, B&H, etc. could also obtain some. If Fuji's inventory is indeed gone, that could be good news in that 8x10 Velvia demand appears to be strong. Of course, we need to make sure that Fuji continues to import this film!

    Badger Graphics' web site still shows 8x10 Velvia 100 in stock.

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    B&H has E100VS listed in 8X10 in their catalogue and on their website.
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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Samy's only had one box of ten sheets. It appears that this was in high demand. How much effort did it take to get Fuji to make a commitment to import? Badger does have it in stock by their website listing for a little more than Samy's.

    I assume the the Kodak VS is similar to the Velvia?

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    I am checking on 8x10 Velvia 100 availability. As Brian indicated, E100VS is its Kodak counterpart, so if you need a high contrast, high saturation film and Velvia is unavailable, then E100VS is the way to go. I used E100VS for 8x10 until the Velvia order came in.

    Velvia 100 and E100VS have different color palettes (E100VS is particularly good with bright reds; it is an excellent film for Bryce Canyon at sunrise, for example) and preference is a matter of personal taste. I prefer Velvia 100 because of its better reciprocity characteristics and ability to push/pull.

    It took some effort to get Fuji USA to initially stock Velvia (Fuji wanted a 100 box special order and a group of us committed to order 50+; Fuji decided make a 100 box build anyway and see how well the remaining boxes sold), but now since Velvia has been imported hopefully it will be easier to convince Fuji to maintain inventory. We shall see!

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    8x10 E100VS at dusk. Arca-Swiss. Fujinon 240A.


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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Kodak VS is indeed quite different stuff. Nobody mentioned grain, and perhaps nobody shooting 8x10 cares about it, however I find Velvia 100 to be nice and fine grained. You should try the films in 4x5 or something to see what you like. Who knows, you might like the Kodak emulsions more, you really can't take anyone else's word for it.

    Velvia 100F is a lot like Provia 100F, ( but not the same ) enough so that they decided to make a faster version of the old Velvia as Velvia 100.

    Biggest boon to the Fuji films is the lack of reciprocity during most shooting situations.

    Also, if it turns out that you're worried about getting the film, you can get a frige for it, and just buy it all up front, or at least 100 boxes. 100 boxes of 8x10 is really not that much film when you're shooting alot.

    In a few more months, maybe the rest of us would join you in a group order too.

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Have been shooting Velvia, Provia and even some Astia in 4x5 Quickloads. Just ordered some E100VS in 4x5 loose to try in my 4x5 film holders. If I am going to start working with film holders, might as well try the 4x5s as well.

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Just a quick observation. Samy's had one box of Velvia 100 8x10 (10s) yesterday. Badger had sixteen. This morning I got the last three that Badger had. Samy's may still have one, but I don't think anybody else has any. I would still like to get a couple more. E100VS is still available at a number of locations.

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    Re: Alternatives to 8x10 Velvia 100/100F

    Samy's Pasadena store has told me that Fuji USA's remaining inventory of 8x10 Velvia 100 is gone. Based on their most recently available information from Fuji USA (one month ago), it looks like we'll have to do another group order to keep this film coming (even though our initial order sold out quickly, apparently the overall volume is too low for Fuji USA to stock it on an on-going basis). Fuji is looking for an order of 100 boxes (last time they accepted less than that, more like 60+) in order to start a production run.

    So please submit your film orders to your friendly LF film retailer (I'll be using Samy's since they've started this whole thing, but Badger among others stocks it too), and when the overall total gets high enough Fuji will start another run (presumably production will take 3-4 months once the build is initiated).

    If you need film immediately, Samy's as of yesterday had one box remaining. Otherwise, I can only suggest going with E100VS or importing directly from Japan through someone like Megaperls.

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