Shooting Fujifilm Velvia 50

I’ve always been curious about Velvia 50, a slide film. I finally shot some. I started close to home, as usual. First up: my car. Velvia does blue up right.


I’ve always heard that Velvia returns super-saturated reds. Wow, how true.

Tail light

These red petals hurt my eyes. This roll shows no signs that it expired in 2012.

Super-saturated red flower

New grass covers a wide swath of my front yard, thanks to relandscaping after the big sewer project. It’s not this green in real life.

New grass

I shot all of these with my 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor attached to my Nikon F2AS. I used up the rest of the roll photographing this autumn’s wonderful colors. I’ll share some of those photos soon.

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10 responses to “Shooting Fujifilm Velvia 50”

  1. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    Velvia improves on real life, that’s for sure, but it’s kind of like making a bet double or nothing. You’ll lose everything if you lose, but there are definitely fantastic rewards if you win! :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Great analogy, and so true.

  2. Wes C Avatar
    Wes C

    The colors in your photos above are very vivid. Yes, the reds are intense, but I like it. Guess I’m curious too… My last order of film included one roll of Velvia 50, but I haven’t yet run it through a camera. Waiting for a clear, sunny afternoon to give it a try!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Some of the reds in this roll were too much for me. I dialed them down in Photoshop.

  3. Eric Avatar

    I love using Velvia 50 to depict how a strange place feels rather than how it looks. It’s great in the desert!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      What an interesting idea. Maybe I’ll try that with Velvia next.

  4. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    I’ve seen pictures like this before and wondered how they got the colors to POP like that and now I know. Thanks. Look forward to the rest of the film in Autumn’s glory!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, slide film has been used that way for years. Kodachrome used to be the gold standard, but Kodak stopped making it. Velvia has taken over.

  5. pesoto74 Avatar

    I have never used this film, however I have heard about it’s vivid colors. I wonder how much longer Velvia will be around. Although Fuji seem so be doing okay I am never surprised these days when a film is discontinued.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Since Kodak got out of the slide business, Fuji has it all to themselves. So I’m not looking for them to kill slide films anytime soon. Velvia has always been a niche/pro product anyway.

      But who knows, I’ve been surprised by the demise of other films.

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