Fuji Velvia 100F - Test Results
|This is a 45 minute exposure taken with a Pentax 67 165mm lens at F/2.8. Despite much of the Milky Way being quite low at a latitude of 45°N, it offers a plethora of targets to test a potential astrofilm. The first thing that stands out are the dull colors. I had hoped this was due to the low elevation of this target; however, you will see the same characteristics in the following examples: dull color and very little contrast. A similar image of the same area using a different film, Kodak E200, can be viewed here.|
|Here's an image of the Cygnus area taken with a Pentax 67 165mm lens at F/2.8. It is a composite of two exposures: one 45 minute and one 60 minute. The North American Nebula is in the upper center. Generally, this nebula stands out clearly in this nebula-filled section of the summer Milky Way; unfortunately, Fuji Velvia 100F renders the scene dull and almost lifeless. This particular target was near the zenith during this exposure. A similar image taken the following night with a 300mm lens using Kodak E200 can be found here.|
|This area was chosen for its blue target: the Andromeda Galaxy. It was a 45 minute exposure taken with a Pentax 67 165mm lens at F/2.8. Again, Fuji Velvia 100F performed exceptionally well at rendering the target dull and lifeless. This particular image reminds me of an image I took last year while trying to capture a few meteors during the 2004 Perseid Meteor Shower; unfortunately, I was using dead film (i.e. film past its expiration date). As an aside, I did manage to capture a Perseid meteor near the Heart and Soul Nebula.
Conclusion: Despite having ideal imaging conditions (i.e. humidity less than 35 percent and above average transparency), the film performed rather poorly as an astrofilm; hence, I can not recommend Fuji Velvia 100F for use in deep-sky astrophotography. Here's a quote from Tony Hallas, "NO COLOR - DON'T USE THIS FILM". It's too bad Fuji Provia 100F suffers from a bad yellow cast because it performs the best out of all the ISO 100 slide films I've tested.
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