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Re: [OM] Velvia speed

Subject: Re: [OM] Velvia speed
From: "Wiese" <wiese@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 1998 17:49:32 +1000
[The following is not a particular shot at anybody...]

IMHO, it seems to me the way to go, especially in difficult situations such as 
high contrast lighting, is just to bracket more.  If an individual finds they 
prefer their shots consistently exposed over or under the given speed, then 
rate it differently, by all means. (I generally rate Kodak slide film at 1/3 of 
a stop faster than that recommended).   Taking advice is of course normal, but 
blindly following another photographer's experiences with a different camera 
under different conditions would seem strange  I'm also about to try Velvia for 
the first time, and I'll be starting out with the ISO set at 50, bracket 
heavily (as for any film I'm using for the first time), take notes, and make my 
decision from there.



P.S.  Ken, do you prefer the results you get in prints using internegs? Any 
reason you don't use Ilfochrome?

P.P.S.  To anyone wondering, "fair dinkum" (mentioned in another thread) is 
Australian for 'genuine', 'for real', etc ;-)

------------------------------Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 11:48:09 -0500
From: "Ken Norton" <image66@xxxxxxx>Subject: Re: [OM] Velvia speed?
>I'm about 
to try Velvia for the first time, but am confused by the speed
>ratings I've 
heard being used. I know Fuji rates it at ISO 50. Yet I'veseen
>mention in 
several discussions, magazines, etc that it is often shot at ISO>40
even 32, which seems to go against wisdom that slide film should not be
>overexposed. Is there something special about Velvia as opposed to regular
>slide film?

Velvia and Microsoft Windows have become popular "whipping 
boys" lately.  It has become quite fashionable to gripe about velvia being a 
"disneychrome"and what horrible things it does to skin tones, etc.I 
reluctantly switched from Fuji 50D, which I carefully aged, to Velvia because 
availability problems.  Honestly, I could get super-saturationwith the 50D yet 
retain more shadow detail.  The Velvia was sharper thoughand had less apparent 
grain. If you want eye-popping color and plan on making enlargements for
art-prints, etc., I would recommend the Velvia being shot right at ISO 50.The 
color saturation pays off once the interneg is blown up to 16x20 orposter sized 
prints.Until recently, I typically shot the Velvia at 40 or even 32, but have
"rediscovered" the joys of the saturation possible at 50.  It comes 
down to one fact though--shadow detail.  Expose for the shadows!  If you are 
in Sunny-16 conditions, you will want to overexpose by 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop 
shadows will block up on you.  Anytime you are not shooting direct sunlight 
extremes in exposure values, I'd say glue the ISO dial to the 50 position.

As always YMMV.

Ken N.
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