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1. From : Rick (SteffenRichard@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:40 PM Thursday 03 March, 2005

While buying some Velvia 50 the other day at a local camera store, I saw a used (obviously) LX body that they were asking 800 bucks for! I haven't seen many LX pieces around the Chicago suburbs where I live, but 800 dollars is more than I paid for my bodies new! It is nice though to see my favorite camera holding it's value. It was not in that good of a shape either.


2. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.wilderness-photo.co.uk
Date : 08:34 PM Monday 28 February, 2005

The new Velvia 100 ISO is the same film that has been on the Japanese market for a long time now. It is indeed better than the Velvia 100F, but still does not match the incredible density and saturation of colours in the original Velvia 50 ISO. The new 100 ISO film is slightly lacking in some colours, such as yellow, blue and green. I will need to do extensive tests to see how it copes in an extremely wide variety of conditions of natural lighting. It does cope better with RF during long exposures, but I often like the colour cast of Velvia 50 for night photography.

Velvia 100 will probably replace my other 100 ISO speeds in most situations when I need that extra film speed, but for my main landscape photography and other work, the original Velvia ISO 50 will continue to be my first choice...so it looks like my freezer will remain full!


3. From : Rick Steffen (SteffenRichard@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:32 PM Sunday 27 February, 2005

Jay--Thanks for the info on scanners. Guess I have some reading to do. I also saw the press release from Fuji concerning Velvia 50. I have not been real pleased with the old 100 version either, tho I do appreciate the speed increase. I will certainly try the new version as soon as possible. (However, I also will stock up on V50 as much as my wife will let me!) I guess we will have to deal with changing film choices but it is certainly better than no choices


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:37 AM Sunday 27 February, 2005

Because LX photographers are Velvia photographers, here is the first release Fuji put out. Since, they announced the replacement of Fuji 50. This is the USA release of Feb 8th.

Valhalla, NY, February 8, 2005 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is introducing new Fujichrome Velvia 100 Professional color transparency film at the PMA 2005 Annual Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, FL. Velvia 100 employs new technologies to deliver finer grain and twice the speed while offering the color saturation and palette that have made Velvia 50 the film of choice for leading landscape and nature photographers. "Fujichrome Velvia 50 was the first high color saturation, high contrast transparency E-6 compatible film when it was introduced in 1990, and it has been a favorite among photographers ever since," said Steve Herstatt, Marketing Director, Professional Film, Imaging Group, Fujifilm USA. "In new Velvia 100, using its vast emulsion experience and knowledge, Fujifilm has applied updated technology to develop an improved product that is truly a worthy successor to the original. The new generation Velvia 100 not only will appeal to photographers demanding the color saturation standard that Velvia 50 created, but will also provide state of the art technology that fits in perfectly with the complete Fujichrome Professional line."

Features Fujichrome Velvia 100 has several characteristic features that set it apart from the marketplace. ISO 100 speed - At ISO 100, Fujichrome Velvia 100 provides a more useful speed for greater flexibility in varied shooting situations. Ultra-high-saturated color reproduction - Color saturation is an important feature of Fujichrome 50. Recognizing this, and by incorporating advanced cyan, magenta, and yellow couplers as well as CEL (Color-Extension Layer) technology, new Fujichrome Velvia 100 gives photographers the saturation they require with the added advantages of higher speed and finer grain.

Super-fine grain - Fujichrome Velvia 100 boasts an RMS* granularity of 8**, a significant improvement over Velvia 50 and ranking it alongside other Fujifilm professional film products, such as Fujichrome Astia 100F, Fujichrome Provia 100F and Fujichrome Velvia 100F. Improved color stability - The new color couplers employed in Fujichrome Velvia 100 significantly improve color stability and freedom from fading/shift over conventional films.

Improved versatility - Fujichrome Velvia 100 can accept push/pull processing from - 1/2 stop to + 1 stop with minimal changes to color balance and gradation. Push can even be extended to up to 2 stops, depending on the subject, allowing easy and precise correction of exposure and density. Availability - The new Fujichrome Velvia 100 is designed to replace the current Velvia 50 product line. Initial shipments of the new Velvia 100 are scheduled for late spring 2005. It is anticipated that Velvia 50 will be available for the balance of 2005. Fujifilm intends to make the transition from Velvia 50 to the new Velvia 100 as smooth as possible for professional photographers by having both Velvia products available simultaneously in 2005 to allow photographers time to test the new product.

Velvia 100 Professional: Technologies

PSHC (Pure, Stable & High-Performance Dye-Forming Coupler) technologies
The couplers developed for new Fujichrome Velvia 100 combine remarkable color stability with high color formation efficiency. This makes possible not only Velvia 100's fundamental ultra-high saturation, but also its outstanding image stability. X-Coupler technology: A unique cyan coupler developed by Fujifilm and employed in such products as Velvia 100F. V-Coupler technology: A magenta coupler that extends the technology that has markedly improved color reproduction and stability in products such as Fujifilm's color papers. S-Coupler technology: An enhanced yellow coupler that improves upon the already excellent color reproduction and stability characteristics of Fujifilm's current generation of yellow couplers.
Together with these new-generation X, V, and S couplers, new Fujichrome Velvia 100 further benefits from dramatically reduced secondary absorption constituents - a primary cause of color impurity in other film products.

CEL (Color Extension Layer) technology
The multi-color correction layers that contribute to faithful color reproduction in Fujichrome Velvia 100F have been reworked to function as color extension layers in Velvia 100. In combination with the new-generation color couplers and optimized gradation and spectral sensitivity, color extension layers give Velvia 100 the ability to record natural greens, the glory of morning and evening skies, and other dramatic colors with intensity.

MSSC (Multi-Structured Sigma Crystal) technology Based upon the highly regarded ultra-fine grain emulsion technology of Provia 100F, the new Fujichrome Velvia 100 grain structure has been further improved even while maintaining ultra-high color saturation. MSSC technology makes it possible to manufacture a film that actually surpasses the existing Velvia product in terms of both the fineness of grain (RMS granularity: 8) and speed (ISO100). --Jay


5. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:22 AM Sunday 27 February, 2005

Tony, It is my understanding that there is yet but another new Velvia 100 emulsion, replacing the existing one (with the specs I described below). Check Fuji's own sites for exact details.

Also, these are the kind of news events that will continue to affect film photographers as digital advances. We can expect to see fewer, and better film emulsions, so that the manufacturers have cause to produce film.--Jay


6. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.extremeimage.co.uk
Date : 10:13 PM Saturday 26 February, 2005

YIPES! Thank's for that news, Jay. I'd better buy in some more stock of Velvia 50 for my freezer. NO WAY is Velvia 100 anywhere near as good as the original Velvia 50.


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:16 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

And, last but not least, Fuji has discontinued manufacture of Velvia 50. The new emulsion, Velvia 100, with tighter grain and better color saturation (it is possible), replaces it. This is this month's other LX user affecting news, me thinks. --Jay


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:07 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

By the way, Konica Minolta has out the new version of the 5400, the 5400 II. Here is what Photozone posted on the unit.
PMA 2005 | Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II introduction : Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Inc. introduces the DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II film scanner to photo enthusiast and professionals. As the successor model to the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 which was already popular because of its powerful 5400 dpi resolution, the Konica Minolta Scan Elite 5400 II further improves color reproduction with a new algorithm and delivers high speed scanning at a rate of 25 seconds per frame. The Konica Minolta Elite 5400 II combines all of the technologies that Konica Minolta has come to know as a manufacturer of film, cameras, scanners and photofinishing equipment. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II not only offers 42.2 Megapixel resolution by adopting a high performance 5400 dpi 3-line color CCD, it improves color reproduction of negative film with a new Film Expert Algorithm developed with photofinishing technology. Without the hassle of manually adjusting, it can faithfully reproduce colours in images of the different exposure characteristics and color balance of various types of negative film. The Konica Minolta Scan Elite 5400 II delivers the quality demanded of photo enthusiast and professionals. With a 16-bit A/D conversion and a wide dynamic range of 4.8, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II faithfully reproduces the rich variations in tone from light to dark of the original film image. Moreover, Multi-sample Scanning improves the scan data by reducing random noise. Other features largely are improved software for dealing with the realities of dust, film reflections, and more accurate color. As they tested a model with twice the resolution last year in the Patent register of Japan, you may wish to wait. Otherwise the latest DiImage, at half the price of this one has the same density and is the same color depth and bit structure. It out pixels the original 28,800 Minolta scanners. --Jay


9. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:55 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

Again, here is the Minolta vs. Nikon scanner review posting:http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/reviews/elitecoolscan.htm. Their mother site too offers rationale on how to evaluate slide/film scanners. --Jay


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:40 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

That is the 200mm A macro. --Jay


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