I finally did a proper time test (or in this case an f-stop test) for the Kodak Autographic;
I was testing the Fuji Velvia 50. Because it is a slow film I decided to try my Velvia 50 as the color film for my pre-1940 cameras, Here are the results. The f-stop range is 4, 8, 16, 32. I took two scenes. Scene 1 is a partially shaded path in a local park: Coal Creek Park.
The f/4.0 (first image) and the f/8.0 (second image) are both acceptable. The f/32 is definitely too dark, Results are similar for the stream shot from the same park.
So for the Kodak Autographic No.1 using the Fuji Velvia 50 film, either f/4.0 or f/8.0 depending on the lighting conditions. In very bright light one might consider try f/16.
A friend recently sent me a link to a professional photographer, Jay Zukerkorn, who is dealing with the changes in his photography resulting from Parkinson’s Disease. He has tremors to deal with, but decided to work with them instead of against them.
Here are two quotes from the article that are especially pertinent to me:
“Has Parkinson’s disease changed your perspective on your art?
Absolutely. In my former career, my photos were hyper-sharp and perfectly retouched. Now I embrace these blurred imperfections.
In what other ways do your photographs speak for you?
My photos represent a new way of walking through life. I’ve had a life-altering diagnosis, which has been humbling, but it hasn’t stopped me from moving forward.”
So I no longer reject the ‘out of focus’. Especially since I am experimenting with all if these pre-1940 cameras. In this case My Kodak 1913 Autographic:
Then I found some problems with my right eye; a vitreous detachment. Luckily it won’t cause blindness and will probably even show some improvement. But oddly now each eye has its own specialist…….
So now I am moving in a different way (figuratively and literally) and seeing and experience the world differently. So check out some of My Inner Monet as well…….
As we have seen, there’s not a great difference in the color rendition for the Flowers from my Garden. Here are the final flower examples from the last roll from my Garden. I didn’t get to work much with the Poppies or Peonies because they were wiped out by a storm.
For all images the E100 is on the left and Velvia 50 is on the right. In the case of the Peonies above, the E100 is actually more saturated. And I believe that same could be said of the Iris below. Go figure……
Again, no real difference in the Torch Lilies below (genus Kniphofia).
And for the Turkish Poppies…….one can say that the E100 has a richer color.
So my Garden didn’t really tell me anything. I know from earlier Landscape work that the E100 seemed Cold. And Flowers from the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden were off color also for E100. My last roll of film comparison will be landscapes from the Snowy Range of Wyoming. I will be using a warming filter, so we’ll see what difference that makes. And a surprising choice for my color film going forward……
There was so much discussion after my first posting, that I’ve moved up the Film Test Series. You seen what the Owls had to say………Now we’ll move into My Garden for the next three comparisons, and end with a road trip.
For all image sets, E100 is the first image (here the top)………Velvia 50 the second image (here the bottom). I love these dark purple tulips…….
I’d say these are too close to call………
You may notice some fuzzy focus. We’ve had a lot of wind lately. Impossible to find a still day.
E100 on the Left……Velvia 50 on the right.
So theTulips didn’t prove to be much of a test. Only the red and yellow Tulips show a definite difference. Next we’ll see what the Irises have to say…….
Continuing with the Showdown that I started a few days ago. I’ve been using E100 over a year. I’m midway in a film showdown between Kodak E100 vs Fuji Velvia 50. I had always preferred Kodak in the past, however, after some 35 mm experiences last year I had doubts. I had always used E100GX, a warm toned film of the old generation. The new film was based on a colder version E100G. But to be fair, I decided to do some formal color test comparison. This is Part, I am comparing four images of the Owl Mural made with four different films: E100, Velvia 50, Portra 400 and Lomo 800. For the direct comparison of the E-6 films I used my Mamiya-7’s; the Portra was exposed using a Mamiya-6; and the Lomo 800 was exposed using a Diana F+, for the Frugal Film Project.
First I’ll show them in pairs, then break down my critique of each one. Naturally I have selected my personal favorite for the Header image above.
Left: Lomo 800; Right: Portra 400. I made no adjustments for tone or contrast; only cropping to make them comparable in size. All of the image were exposed on overcast days. The first comment I can make is that both C-41 films are truer to the actual mural colors. The Portra 400 has a richer color tone which I would expect for the lower ISO film. But you have to admit that the Lomo 800 is very good, especially since it was exposed using a plastic camera. The winner here is Kodak Portra 400:
Now for the main event, E100 (left) vs Velvia 50 (right):
Fuji Velvia 50
As one would expect, the E-6 films have a more saturated color. Not quite a natural representation. But in my lifetime experience with film (going back to childhood) I’ve mostly shot E-6. As a field scientist back in the pre-PowerPoint days, I needed to show my information in slide presentations. So that meant E-6 films. In my earlier professional days I used ECN films. When that was discontinued I switched to Kodak E100GX.
If you read my earlier experiences with E100, you’ll be able to decide which one I prefer. I simply find the E100 too cold. So the Winner here is, Fuji Velvia 50. I enjoy the richer and brighter blues and purples……
So these are my two favorites. I can accept either one depending on what I am trying to demonstrate. Which one do you prefer?
Fuji Velvia 50
Stay tuned, right now I am continuing the side-by-side testing of these films as my Mamiya 645’s take a tour of my flower and vegetable gardens. I’m going to give E100 every possible chance to show me something that I’ll like.
And I may do a follow-up Road-Trip landscape comparison. In that case, I’ll see if a warming filter makes me feel better about the new Kodak E100.
I have to admit that I was disappointed with early my 35 mm E100 results. I felt that the film was cold and realized that it was based on the old E100G, a film I only used with a warming filter. My favorite of the old Kodak E-6 films was E100GX, the warm toned film. I used it extensively in Patagonia and mourned its loss. You can also check out our first Patagonia Calendar.
But I digress. Let’s get back to the purpose of this study: Kodak E100 versus Fuji Velvia 50. After my E100 doubts I happened upon this old Velvia 50 image of Boreas Pass and thought about a comparative test:
So I set up my two Mamiya 6X7’s for the test. There was one difference: The Velvia 50 camera had a 43 mm lens and the E100 camera had a 50 mm lens. We can debate if that makes a difference, but for Showdown Part II, I’ll be using matching camera set ups. So hold your argument for later.
Here are the side-by-sides: Think about which is which and I’ll tell you at the end.
Details regarding what I learned from this Owl are discussed in my next posting…………
In all cases the top image is Kodak E100 and the bottom image is Fuji Velvia 50. There were no adjustments made to color balance. You may note that the Velvia 50 images are more color saturated and have some purple or pink in the sky. The E100 is less saturated and has a colder sky. Now it’s up to you. Which do you prefer? Keep in mind that this is an overcast sky. So I’ll add one more pair. I wanted to capture my purple house, but in the morning the house was too dark. But you can see that with a clear sky the Velvia 50 (bottom image) has the saturated blue sky:
The snow is still holding that purple cast in the Velvia 50 image. E100 has a truer presentation of the snow. Comments, perspectives appreciated.
Next, we’ll take a look at my Garden Flowers using my Mamiya 645’s both with 80 mm macro lenses.. Since I have something blooming all summer, I’m shooting two rolls of each film throughout my gardening season, and I’ll post as I go……..