As I understand it, one reason for the edge sharpness of Kodachrome is that the layers are significantly thinner than other emulsions. So, the edge transitions are literally sharper.
I was thinking of trying Sensia 100 @ ISO 125. Might make it more bluish to counter the ugly yellowish/brownish look, also increase contrast. Hopefully there's no loss in sharpness by doing this!!! But there could be...
Then Velvia 100 or F at 80 or 64. I read Velvia F is less warm and doesn't look as nice as Velvia 100. In this case I hope the slides won't come out too overexposed. Most Velvia shooters are nature shooters who want the crazy saturation, so I haven't found any examples of how it could look at ISO 64 or 80. People used to shoot aircraft with old Velvia rated at 40 or even 32. Might have to waste a roll & development costs just to see if this works for Velvia 100.
400X would definitely save the day in awful weather or if it's bright and a huge cloud parks itself to block the sun on the subject. Shots like that are ruined on slower films.
ps: yes I've noticed that 'carving' on the other side of K slides, didn't know if that was unique to them.
Btw, interesting to note how the Fuji site pushes Sensia 100 as being sharper than Provia 100F yet their corresponding data sheets say otherwise:
Chart Contrast 1.6 : 1 ............ 55 lines/mm
Chart Contrast 1000 : 1 .......... 135 lines/mm
Chart Contrast 1.6 : 1 ................... 60 lines/mm
Chart Contrast 1000 : 1 ................. 140 lines/mm
Velvia is even higher 80 and 160 lines/mm
I am really beginning to love Provia 100F. It is a great film and will be my main film for use once i run out of Kodachrome. E100VS is another one i love.
My advice would be to shoot any of these films at ASA 125 (120 on my Gossen Digipro F)
This brings out the colour just that little bit more.
Read Galen Rowell's book "Mountain Light" if you want to read about rating film differently. This got me into shooting films 1/3 of a stop underexposed. It is generally always better. I prefer Velvia (50) rated at box speed though as it tends to have higher contrast and the shadows go black a bit easier.
I always shoot Kodachrome 64 at 80 and my freshest K25 at 32. The colour is just that little bit richer and the feel is more true to the look that Kodachrome should have.
Test a couple of rolls, setting the meter at 1/3 stop intervals and write this down, do a tally of what works best in which conditions and then use that as your guide.
Andrew is correct, and I feel stupid now. That's what I meant to suggest, under-exposing by a little, so rate the Velvia 100 @ 125 or so. In my post above I said "80" which would be the WRONG way! Doh!
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I like the colour rendition of Sensia 100 and I have to say that I've never been aware of the yellow/brownish appearance that has been mentioned. As ever with anything you don't process yourself, you're in the hands of others and I wonder whether the processing could be the cause of this. I'm in the UK and buy my Sensia process-paid, so it goes to the designated FujiFilm lab in Leeds, which (one would hope) would be the best place for it!
Kodak Elitechrome 100, smidge warmer than E100G (probably like the old E100GX), 35mm only mind but a really fantastic slide film.
There is also Elitechrome 100 Extra Colour but that's more like E100VS, great film but not like Kodachrome.
There is also Elitechrome 200. I love Elitechrome, great stuff.
The scans of Provia 100F provided by the OP hardly does the film justice. K25 is sharper than Provia 100F, but Provia 100F is hardly not sharp!
Three pictures to back up my claims:
More images here.
Lilserenity, that is simply a wonderful capture. I've always looked down upon Elitechrome, perhaps I should give the film a revisit. How are you finding it with people and portraits?
Originally Posted by lilserenity
In the interest of fair play, here is a Kodachrome 25 image. Not as sharp as some provided by the OP, but I was working under less-than-ideal conditions.