I had a roll of Fujifilm Velvia 100 with an expiry date of 2012 sitting in my fridge for quite a while and thinking that the film (and me for that matter) was not getting any younger, I decided to load it in my trusty Nikon F4 for some positive film fun times!
This was not the first time I have shot using Velvia 100 film. I had done so a few times in the past (mostly with a Nikon F5 or N80), but due to the complexity involved in finding a lab to process E6 film and the cost of the film itself, I tended to favour using Kodak Ektar 100 for my normal landscape photography requirements. Using Velvia was something I always considered a special treat and certainly not a film I would use for daily photos.
But I decided that a trip to the High Coast in Sweden and then to Åland after (a group of Islands between Finland and Sweden which is an autonomous region of Finland) provided suitable occasions to load in the Velvia 100 in the F4, with shots being taken using either my Nikkor AI 28mm f/2.8 or Nikkor AI 50mm f/2 lens.
Once the film was finished, I was able to get it processed during a family visit to the UK using my favourite labs for E6 film processing, Peak Imaging in Sheffield, England. As with any slide film, it is always a pleasure to hold up your newly processed film and with your eye see the colours in every frame in their full glory. This time around was no exception, I was impressed by how well the colours of the film held up given the film was expired and as always, I was blown away by the blue and greens of the Velvia film.
Once I had my slides back, I scanned them using my Epson V370 scanner, with a couple of tweaks with Luminar (namely reducing the red channel slightly to account for reds being overblown by the scanning and of course dust removal).
I would say that the combination of Velvia 100 film when used on a camera like the F4, can certainly give digital cameras a run for their money in the image quality stakes.
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