Thanks for the information on the Precisa. It came a little too late to prevent my ordering five rolls off eBay last night. Still, the price was really good including free shipping, so it worked out as the same or less than I would have paid for Provia, and Provia is excellent film. I'd just prefer Astia for general shooting if I could get it.
I'd all but quit shooting slides myself preferring prints for most output and the greater exposure lattitude of print film, bu when Kodak announced the cancellation of their E6 films and with things not looking good for it at Fuji I decided to make this the "year of shooting slides" and laid in a stock of Kodak and have bought some Provia 400x as needed as well. I now have more slide film in my fridge than color negative.