Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] RE: Astia
From: Five Senses Productions <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 11:11:10 -0700

Indeed.  I use Astia about 80% of the time for shooting glamour and 
erotic models.  It is my favorite film for people, hands down.  The only 
time I deviate is when the model has VERY light skin, no tan at all.....
then I use Kodak E100S rated at 80.  Both films are very sharp for
100 speed films, but Astia has a visible edge, and I only use E100S
when absolutely necessary.  If the model already has tan or dark skin,
Astia treats her very well.  Like Norm said, if she has cold, white skin,
a bit of warmth is required.

At 03:46 PM 5/4/98 +0100, Aubin, Norman C wrote:
>Greetings.  If I can decloak for a minute . . . I'd like to add to
>the partial quote below - I too like Astia; its the most accurate 
>color slide film I've played with yet, for skin tone images, although 
>I do find it a touch cold in some situations.. . like if theres a lot 
>of white lace or other similar items in the picture.  
>I add a B+W KR1.5 filter, which warms the image about 200K, 
>if I think the situation calls for it, or if I think the skin tone may
>need the help.  Its probably worth having one around for this,
>'specialy if you're using strobes.
>I'll take K-25 or Velvia for scenics, depending on the scene, and
>the light,  but I like Astia very much for people stuff.
>> From: (Isaac Crawford)
>> Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 01:08:35 -0400
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] Fuji Emulsions
>> also a 100 ASA film, but it is a completely different beast
>> than Provia.  Astia was designed for reproducing accurate skin tones
>> something you'll appreciate after trying to do that with Velvia!:-)
>> It
>> does give wondeful "face", better than any other film I've seen.  It
>> also tends to be less contrasty and have more of a "pastel" type of
>> pallette as compared to the other uji films...It reminds me a little
>> of
>> VPS it that regard...

Francesco Sanfilippo,
Five Senses Productions