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Different Films See Different Colors

Kodachrome 64 vs. Fuji Velvia

NOTE: This is not a scientific test, but a simple field test comparing two different slide films.

The photos below were taken moments apart using two different Pentax LX camera bodies, one loaded with Kodak Kodachrome 64 film and the other with Fuji Velvia film. The same lens with a UV filter was used for both shots. These images are straight scans using an HP Photosmart S10 scanner with no manipulation of color or density whatsoever.

I metered for each films respective film speed index (ISO), and then bracketed my exposures in 1/2 stop increments from one full f/stop underexposure to one full f/stop overexposure. This gave me 5 frames from each type of film to view on the lightbox with at least one being perfectly (or almost perfectly) exposed in each group.

Both photos were taken May 15, 1993 on the Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah.

Kodak Kodachrome 64 film (file #056-501-10) Fuji Velvia film (file #056-501-14)
Kodak Kodachrome 64 Film Fuji Velvia Film

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Last updated or revised on February 5, 2013.
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