First E-6!

by Todd on April 29, 2011

Last Saturday I shot my very first roll of slide film, and this is the first shot off the roll. Fuji Astia. I had no problem getting a good exposure, because I bracketed three shots for each composition, 1.5 stops apart. Good thing, too, because I was using my D3 for a meter, and my ISO was set for 1 stop faster than the film. The exposure that was meant to be 1.5 over was about right on. I’ve only scanned two out of the four bracketed sets, and this was the better of the two. I will hopefully add one or two scans to this post once I’ve finished. I wish I hadn’t had to shoot at f/16 for this. I could have gone to 11 (yes, my camera goes to 11, haha!)had I got my metering right.

Added April 30:

Before I could load the Astia, I had three frames left on a roll of Portra 400VC, so I shot the same scene. Here is a comparison of the colors of Astia (left) and Portra (right):

The Astia seems a little more crisp to me (it is slower film), and combined with the cooler color, I’d say it looks a little sterile. I think I like the Portra better. Of course, it’s long expired, so who knows? Not much of an experiment, but hey it’s my blog. I do what I want. ;)

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Chris May 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

Astia is a natural film where Portra is a bit warmer as you see here. Astia is sold as Sensia for consumers, same film base. Need to try some Provia or the mother of all e-6… Velvia (stay away from Velvia F)


Todd May 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Thanks, Chris. I’ve got one more roll of Astia and will likely try some other E-6 films. But more the sake of curiosity than anything else. Based on my initial comparison, I’m having a hard time convincing myself that it’s worth the extra money to shoot slide film.


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