Connect - Fujifilm Professional Magazine Spring/Summer 2006
I received the above magazine today from Fuji as may other U.K. Apugers who wrote to Fuji and then subscribed to it as a result of Fuji's reply.
It features examples of Fuji professional film and those using it.
Congratulations to our own Baxter Bradford for his two shots of Newlyn Harbour in Fuji Velvia 50 and the new Fujichrome 64T in the magazine and the feature article on him.
There is also one shot in Fujicolor Pro 400H which is one of the best examples I have seen of what is a low contrast colour neg film. We recently had a thread on films in which the poster was looking for a low saturation film. The shot in the magazine is worth a 1000 words of explanation about low saturation. It also features commercial photogs who have made the decision to stick with film. FWIW it mentions that independent studies by the Wilhelm Research Institute has concluded that Fuji Crystal Archive beats Kodak on stability. Fuji was reported to be stable for 40 years while Kodak was stable for 19 years.
I only highlight this for those interested and not to start a war on Fuji v Kodak paper or film for that matter.
It's a free mag which I subscribed to as a result of the e-mail I got from Fuji when sending support for their commitment to film.
If others have received it I'd be interested in their impressions of it.
Sounds like an interesting magazine.
Regarding the Fuji Pro 400H film, I printed a clients roll of this yesterday & found it is a very low contrast, low saturation film, I was quite surprised by the look of it.
Fuji CA has long been considered the longest lasting color silver halide paper around, but personally I find some of Wilhelm Research's longevity ratings hard to believe. Especially some of their inkjet longevity ratings, my own inkjet prints haven't lasted as well as they should have according to wilhelm, maybe I was meant to display them in a hermetically sealed laboratory!
Hey David, thanks for that link.
Seems these inkjet manufacturers love to promise the world, but guarantee nothing!
Like vampires you can't expose them to day light, or they turn a funny colour & go crazy!
I was speaking to Jerry Deeney from Fuji this week. Apparently they have received lots of good feedback about the magazine, although apart from your post, I haven't had any directly! They gave out an extra 5000 copies at Focus on Imaging at Birmingham.
The Mercury Rising feature on which photographers went out on August 12th 2005 to record what was predicted to be hte hottest day of the year was of interest to me also. When checking my records, I discovered that my featured images were also taken on that day. How spooky is that?
Regarding the logevity of the Colour papers, I was surprised they are as low as this.
I haven't re-investigated, but would hope that they are using more stringent criteria than they do for inkjet images. If not, it is worrying and many inkjet/paper combinations will far outlast the Crystal-archive let alone the Kodak.
When I investigated inkjet life using Willhelm, the quoted figure was extrapolated from high intensity testing. From memory I recall that the pictures were under glass, for the equivalent of just 10 hours of low level light (flourescent I think) per day and fading was deemed to have taken place when a 30% degradation had taken place in one or more colours........ not very archival. And once again proving that reading the small print can be worthwhile.
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On archival properties all I can say is that inkjets must have improved greatly since late 2002. We had a "Diversity Week" at my company and had a noticeboard for pictures of events. For speed these were all taken with a digi and inkjetted to be on the board about an hour after the event. The shots were not exposed to direct sunlight but did get a mixture of fluorescent and natural daylight. They lasted about 3 months before fading and also colour change was very noticeable. At that stage they were removed as the event was long since over but had they been permanent exhibits then they'd have needed re-printing at least 4 times a year.
Originally Posted by Baxter Bradford
By the way I think the Velvia won hands down in your two shotsof the harbour. On the Fujichrome 64T shot is that a flock of birds in the middle of the sky?
But did you like the result? I like the film a lot. Maybe even a LOT.
Originally Posted by Samuel B
Congratulations to Baxter!
Now, to try and get my hands on a copy of the magazine....
Nothing more exotic than the cloud formation I'm afraid. Exposure was 30s, so hard to record bird movement and most of them were still in bed anyway!
Originally Posted by pentaxuser