Fuji Astia 100 - Landscapes? Does it really gain 1 stop exposure latitude?

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I have heard that Fuji Astia 100 offers one additional stop of exposure latitude, stepping the normal slide film from 4 stops up to 5 stops. (i.e. from solid black to washed out or clear acetate) Shooting landscapes I am always looking for that extra stop of exposure lattitude...and the speed sure doesn't hurt either compared to Velvia... any experience? Your input would be helpful... also, does Astia push well? If so, how far? Thanks everyone....

-- Bill Glickman (Bglick@pclv.com), October 17, 1999


Compared to Velvia, it does provide a full stop more latitude. I use it to complement Velvia for this. When the lighting is too contrasty for Velvia. I don't know about pushing, but it shares alot in common with Fuji's MS100/1000 so should be well behaved to 2 stop push... but there goes your contrast. Astia also has a neutral color that is more forgiving of mixed lighting and has excellent reciprocity allowing exposures to 2 minutes with only +1/2 stop and no color correction. It is much better behaved for long exposures than Velvia.

-- Gary Frost (gfrost@home.com), October 17, 1999.

My experience is the same. I also use Astia to complement Velvia, and, yes, I too experience about a one stop increase in exposure latitude. If you want even more exposure latitude, PULL Astia one stop. It handles it nicely. Instead, if you PUSH Astia a stop, it does very well, but it becomes a bit more contrasty. In short, I think Astia is a great landscape film. I rate Astia at ASA 80 (pulled at 40; and pushed at

-- howard slavitt (nverdesoto@earthlink.net), October 17, 1999.

I agree with the above comments. Astia is a very natural and subtle film, and less picky than Velvia. I use both in 120/220 & Quickload.

For pushing, I have just tried MS100/1000, and it is pretty good at 400ASA

-- fw (finneganswake@altavista.net), October 18, 1999.

Bill writes, "I have heard that Fuji Astia 100 offers...". Now you have heard three more times :-)

-- Stephen Willard (willard@lvld.hp.com), October 19, 1999.

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