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    If you´re looking for a vivid film to use for portraits in outdoor landscape settings, I can highly recommend Provia 400X. It has a wider latitude than Velvia and delivers vivid colours without a cast. Plus it´s Iso 400, which can be useful for portraiture.

    Best, Benjamin

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    The best Fuji slide film for portraiture and fashion photography is Fuji Pro.Astia 100F, it was specifically devised for reproducing natural skin tones.
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    I second Astia for portraits in a landscape settings (if "Monna Lisa" portrait style is what you mean). Its name is supposed to stand for "accurate skin tones". I use it for all my "city landscape" work and the colours are natural and quite saturated just like in nature. Wonderful material. I can still find the 135/36 format that in some countries appears not to be distributed any more.

    Different films like Velvia might give you more "spectacular" (although not "real") greens and reds, but a somehow unpleasant skin rendering. Astia will give you a pleasant skin rendering AND pleasant and saturated landscape rendering. Considering that a portrait in a landscape setting is in any case a portrait, I would not sacrifice skin tones on the altar of garish greens.

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    Thank you very much for the advice everyone.

    I have shot two rolls of film today, Elitechrome 100 and Velvia 100F. I understand that Astia 100F would be a good choice for portraits,however Astia has not been available in the UK for a couple of years now,which is a shame. The closest replacement to Astia i can purchase is Sensia 100,which i found lacking the vivid look i desired,in the landscape setting.

    I will reshoot Provia 100F with a 81A warming filter,also i will test a roll of 400X next time out.

    Thanks all.

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    You can buy Astia from Maco in Germany:

    http://www.macodirect.de/fujifilm-fu...7_418_497.html
    Steve.

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    Last I heard, Astia was officially discontinued it, so if Maco has it, grab it while you can. I had just settled on Astia as the replacement for my much beloved E100GX (which was itself the replacement for my much beloved E100SW!), then they killed it. I have a bunch, but I don't know what I'll do when that runs out. (Well, OK, my freezer full of E100GX means that day is a long time from now, but still...)

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    The official word is that 35mm is dead but 120 remains. However, much is dependent upon what's imported nationally.
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