Fujichrome Provia 100F (RDPIII)
Name: Fujifilm Fujichrome Provia 100F (RDPIII)
Film type: Positive Slide
Character: Medium saturation with fine grain
Colour and Character
Provia 100F is a daylight balanced colour slide film with super fine grain. Medium contrast and saturation character make this film ideal for use in landscape, portrait and nature photography. I would recommend you to use the film at ISO 100 or maximum at ISO 200 and to avoid pushing the film beyond this as it will cause the contrast to go up and lose the details in shadow. It has the signature green tint inherited from Fujifilm and this film is sensitive to blue and purple colour. Compare with Velvia 50 or Velvia 100F, Provia 100F tends to render a cooler mood and skin tone is more natural.
Accurate metering is the Key
Sometimes RDP III can be difficult to use. Not too bright or too dark is the key of success with this transparency film. You have to get the right exposure in order to have great picture result. My advice is to use light meter to check on different spots and get an average exposure. Otherwise, the picture will be overblown or too dark that cannot be saved from post processing.
Dynamic Range is narrow
The film is too rigid to shoot under different conditions. Thus, it is the main reason why slide film is not my daily film even it gives you vibrant, accurate colour correction and “3D” feeling. Negative film is more flexible that can let you set +/- EV for 2/3 stops but slide film will mess up your images if you do that.
When should I use Provia 100F?
Bright sunny day would be the best time to snap with the Provia 100F because if the light is too dim, the picture will look more flat and muddy. Therefore, I prefer using it outdoor with sunlight. But if you love to take dramatic pictures at night with colour shift, then Provia 100F is the film that you should work with.
Long Exposure with RDPIII?
Base on Provia 100F (RDP III) data sheet for long exposure more than 4 minutes, it needs a colour correction filter of 2.5G with an exposure correction of +1/3 stop otherwise it will lead to a colour shift.
What lenses did I use to take the images?
Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58