i guess the answer is no longer blowing in the wind ...
Though, according to the last book in the series, the original question was "What do you get when you multiply six by nine".
Velvia 50 delivers for fall (autumn to us here in Australia!) richness of palette but requires knowledge of its specific lighting: it is a bloody awful film to use in bright sun. Also, in 35mm format, the tonal range is compressed which means it requires considered metering and, very often, gentle over-exposure to avoid blocking (e.g. EI40). I have used it for 20 years in 35mm with excellent results (printed to Ilfochrome Classic media) but find the results are greatly better in MF. It is easier to expose with a manual meter (spot metering especially).
Provia 100 for lower contrast but at the same time less of a Vaudeville palette. I don't think it's very punchy for fall colours. By the same token, C41 is pale in comparison to Velvia. But it's all a matter of personal taste and what you will be doing with the end result. For me, it is printing, framing and exhibiting.
There are only 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.
The Mayan calendar is base 13. So is 6X9=42, coincidence? JK :)
I second the Provia 100F and Velvia 100 (no F). If you're looking for good skin tones, the Velvia 100 is debatable, but the Provia will give you good skin tones. Having said that, I do have 2 rolls of the Agfa/Rollei CR200 in the fridge waiting to be used. And if the Agfa Prescia CT is indeed the film formerly known as Fuji Sensia, it is a good film as well with colors that are good for people shots and lower contrast than Provia. I haven't seen the Prescia for sale Stateside yet though.
Maybe I'll grab a roll of provia and see what happens.
I'd love to try the digibaae CR200, but freestyle says they're not going to have it until November. Anybody know where it's in stock?
@htmlguru: B&H is showing it ships in 7-14 days. But when I ordered it 2 weeks ago with a 5-pack of Provia 100F, I received both within 2 business days. (I usually order a 5-pack of the Provia because it costs the same for ground shipping whether I order 1 roll or 10, so it spreads the shipping cost out over several rolls.)
@wogster: six times nine is forty-two if you use base 13 :laugh:.
Wogster, that is true, but you'd understand if you had read the books. They are ... unique.
Yes they are. So don't forget your towel when you go out shooting; that way your friends will think you're one Hoopy Frood and be more inclined to loan you that lens that you forgot at home. :)