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    Oh man, I've fallen in love with Provia

    Hello guys,
    I've just got back to films after 1 year shooting digital. Then I have a deal with one old man and got his rz67 as my first MF camera, then another deal in apug for expired Provia. I did shoot cherry blossom with it, and when I got it back, I cant believe my eyes: the films are so damn beautiful. My heart was almost stopped. I took it to my school and my friend asked me if it is a print from a 3D film, because it is so real. I'm proud of it.
    Btw, I measure shot with spot meter, and my lab is a pro Fuji lab.
    Cheers,
    Thinh.

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    'Tis a nice film, indeed. Even when expired, it holds its palette faithfully. Now shoot Velvia for even more eye-popping pink cherry blossom (I assume you are speaking of Japan?). Provia is the less brutal of the two E6 emulsions (the other being Velvia) and is quite forgiving and easy going with skin tones, though better films for that are available. If you like being challenged and emboldened by strong colour, do give Velvia a poke.
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    I have trouble with scanning, so the result is not as impressive as in films .

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    I'm right there with ya, I've always hated shooting color film, always shot c41 and just ended up giving up and shooting b&w (always loved and will always love) but shot a roll of provia and holy, it's amazing. First image of color that i have shot at liked.

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    No worries. There is no way to get a reversal scan to look as good as it does on a light table. I have tried and tried. It is not possible. You cannot force all that wonderful color and dynamic range into the digital space without dulling it down. There is nothing that looks as good as a slide on a light table.........


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    I have trouble with scanning, so the result is not as impressive as in films .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamar View Post
    No worries. There is no way to get a reversal scan to look as good as it does on a light table. I have tried and tried. It is not possible. You cannot force all that wonderful color and dynamic range into the digital space without dulling it down. There is nothing that looks as good as a slide on a light table.........

    Truth be told with transparency film (or any film), it's not dulled down, not a lot is lost nor sacrificed. You can achieve a miracle with an $80,000 drum scanner and skilled operators. Or I would not be producing prints from MF at the rate of $2,000 a month. I'm very, very picky about quality. What is important though — read, critical, is correct exposure across the image. All but one of the pics posted by the OP are out of whack — and easily fixed with an instant tweak.
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    To this day I've only ever shot one roll of Provia. I jumped right into Velvia as a youngster (for some reason, I'm stubborn about doing things the hard way). I kind of want to try Provia 400 indoors with florescent/cooling filters, has anyone tried this? Yesterday I got some T64 back from the lab, pushed to 125; wasn't too impressed.

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    Hmm, I tried the first image with Epson scan and here is new result. Last time I use Vuescan.
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    @Poisson Du Jour: Thanks for your advice. I will give it a try, when I finished my Provias, I still have a bunch of Provia.
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    It's my favourite slide film too.
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