Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guest post: the Fuji slide films, cross-processed

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

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
Depending on the exposure of the photo, Sensia can deliver a range of different tones and looks. When underexposed, Sensia 100 will give off Red/Orange/Blue tints to photos depending on the color temperature of the light. When overexposed, the film can exhibit close to normal color tones with little yellow overcasts and red in the shadows. Sensia 100 has been discontinued as well. However, it is the easiest of the Sensias to find.

Fuji Sensia 200
Sensia 200 is a very different animal from Sensia 100. Sensia 200 gives off very saturated blue green and yellow tones, without any particular overwhelming color casts. Like Sensia 100, Sensia 200 is capable of producing almost regular looking photos when cross-processed if overexposed. Sensia 200 is mildly harder to find than Sensia 100, so keep your eyes peeled.

Fuji Sensia 400

Commonly referred to as the holy grail of the Sensia family, Sensia 400 delivers some of the wildest and astounding colors while cross-processed. Boasting relatively low grain for a 400 speed film, Sensia 400 to many is the most desirable, hard to find, and satisfying film for cross processing.


  1. The comparison was awesome!! Was just searching the web for 120 film comparison to decide what to order next. Thank you.

  2. I can't remember how I landed on those two articles of yours, but it is ex-xact-ly what I was looking for! Many many many thanks and youpi-hop-la-la!

  3. So glad this helped! It is great to receive positive feedback, I will pass it along to Ty.

  4. superb comparison , I have seen some provia on shelf, must be outdated, hope it worth a try