Ty Ueda works here in our lab; he is something of a connoisseur of cross-processing. Since there's so much interest, in the recent return to film, in cross-processing, I asked him to assemble his thoughts on the results the various available slide films yield, when cross-processed. Here are the various Fuji films compared; we'll have the Kodak and Lomography offerings in upcoming posts.
Fuji Velvia 50F
They say it’s not easy being green, but when it comes to photos, Velvia 50 makes it worth the work. With a very slow film speed, Velvia 50 almost must be in the outdoors, but when utilizing the film in combination cross processing, photos exhibit high contrast and eerie green and yellow casts under any kind of light.
Fuji Velvia 100F
The easier to use brother of Velvia 50, Velvia 100 gives off radiating velvet-like colors. With color casts ranging from purple to yellow, the unpredictable Velvia 100F is a great all around film that will give off seemingly random colors.
Fuji Provia 400X/400F
If looking purely for saturation without major color casts look no further! Neither Provia 400x nor Provia 400F have overwhelming color casts yet still boast high saturation and contrast when x-pro’d. Overall a great film for many different lights and situations.
Fuji Provia 100F
A personal cross-processing favorite of mine, Provia 100F gives off an overall green cast to any photo! Provia 100F looks great in any situation for an eerie green look to your photos, and depending on the camera of your choice, the photos will sometimes be inhibited by a slight blue or yellow color.
Fuji T64 is a very low speed tungsten balanced film. When you cross process this corrective film, you’ll receive a whole different array of colors. In outdoor sunlight, your photos will have a red tint with blues that are deeper than deep and under indoor tungsten light, expect an overwhelmingly red tint to your photos. Warning! This film is very slow, so make sure you’re using the right camera!
Fuji Astia 100F
Astia 100F is yet another wonderful yet increasingly harder film to find after it was discontinued recently. Astia 100F when cross processed gives a relatively low amount of contrast while, depending on the lighting situation, giving the photos a varying amount of magenta.
Fuji Sensia 100
Fuji Sensia 200
Fuji Sensia 400