Color Reversal Film and Slide Film Types for Film Photography

Note: As of March 2012 Kodak has discontinued all color reversal film.

Color reversal film, or commonly called slide film, creates the opposite of color negative film or black and white film. Instead of creating a negative to be printed to a positive, the slide film is a positive of the image. As such, the slide film produces extremely rich and vibrant colors that come closer to the actual colors and tones present during exposure. Alternatively, slide film is not nearly as flexible as color negative or black and white film. Exposure must be precise and areas of high contrast are much more difficult to properly expose with slide film. Slides can be printed in the darkroom, but the process is generally more expensive.

Slide film can be used for 35mm film cameras and medium format film cameras. Modern day color reversal film is processed with the E-6 processing. The major filmColor reversal film mounted for slide film brands for color reversal film are Kodak and Fuji. The ISO film speed of slide film is typically slow film that results in extremely fine grains to produce sharper images.

How Color Reversal Film Works

As the name reversal suggests, slide film works the opposite of print film. In print film the red, green, and blue emulsion layers are exposed and leave a negative dye of cyan, magenta, and yellow. Slide film is a subtractive process that starts with layers of cyan, magenta, and yellow. When the film is exposed, the dye is subtracted to reveal red, green, and blue colors. Thus, when processed the film reveals the actual, positive, colors of the image.

Color Reversal Film Types and Brands

Note: As of March 2012 Kodak has discontinued all color reversal films.

Brand

Name

ISO

Grain

Notes

Fuji

Velvia 50

50

Ultra-Fine

Dynamic color reproduction.

Fuji

T64

64

Very Fine

For controlled lighting using tungsten lamps.

Kodak

PKR

64

Extremely Fine

Outdoor use, extremely sharp images and rich colors.

Kodak

EPY

64

Fine

For controlled lighting using tungsten lamps.

Fuji

Provia 100F

100

Fine

For use with daylight, natural color depiction.

Fuji

Astia RAP

100

Extremely High

Natural and exquisite skin tones for portraiture and fashion.

Fuji

Velvia 100

100

Ultra-Fine

Out door use, extremely sharp images and rich saturation.

Kodak

EPP

100

Very Fine

Increased color saturation.

Kodak

E100VS

Very 100

Fine

Controlled studio shooting.

Kodak

E200

200

Fine

Lower contrast scale in a higher speed film.

Fuji

Provia 400x

400

Fine

General purpose film able to handle wide exposures.

Kodak

EPL

400

Fine

Low-light situations, warm color balance.

 

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