When I started shooting film about two years ago, I started out with cheapo consumer film, which can be nice too, mind you. Agfa’s Vista is a pretty nice film, and cheap. Anyway, a friend soon recommended I check out slide film.
Said and done, I bought some rolls of Kodak Elitechrome and Fuji Sensia, both very nice slide films on their own. Not too great for cross-processing, but that’s not was this is about anyway. It’s about slide film, processed as slide film, stuffed into a sheet of acetate foil for your viewing pleasure. By that time I already had picked my lab of choice so it didn’t matter if bigger retailers didn’t offer slide film processing anymore, or if it took them more than a week. My lab did it in two hours, after which I could see what I shot, without mentally reversing the colors. Man, that stuff is awesome.
Not only is the grain finer, the contrast and the saturation is usually much better than with color negative film. Don’t get me wrong, I still love color negative film, I have my phases where I shoot what I feel like, but it’s just something special with slide film.
My next steps involved buying a couple of different rolls for our wedding trip to Sydney. I stuffed them in the Holga, and had them cross-processed. Big mistake. Most of them came out with awful color shifts, or the fact that slide film’s exposure range is a lot smaller than color negative, together with accidental bulb mode turned them into a vintage looking mess. Some might call it “lomo”, but whatever. I’m not here to judge.
Anyway, I got my hands on some rolls of Agfa RSX-200 and some Velvia 100. My word, what a difference. That is some serious slide film porn with this stuff. And so blue! But what’s really special about slide film in the Holga is the fact that it’s 120, and therefore you get 6×6 centimeters of awesomeness per shot. You don’t even need a loupe to look at it, you can enjoy all of its awesomeness right away.
Except for some specific slide films I like cross-processed, processing the film using E6 (aka slide film processing) is clearly the way to go. It just looks so awesome, every time a new. The fact that you could scan it up to something like 100 megapixels is mind-boggling. It’s downright awesome, any way you look at it, and I mean that literally. Of course you need awesome light when you shoot 100 speed slide film with the Holga, but when the sun is out, just try it. You won’t regret it.
Slide film, I think I love you. Black & white and color negative, you’re still awesome too.