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Fuji Reala 500D

Let’s have a few f/stops around Fuji Reala 500D negative film. 2 years ago I got a well kept roll of it, but never went back to the pictures until recently when I was browsing some memories from 2015.

As obvious, Reala 500D was used as a motion picture film. Slumdog Millionaire, Walk the line, Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind, War of the worlds — all these were negativized on that emulsion. (source and more titles). I used it to capture some 2014/15 moments.

Fuji have a page for this film. As a summary:

  1. This film has an E.I. 500 for daylight. If you put a Kodak 80A filter, you can expose it under tungsten light, with E.I. 125. Factor emulsion age, though.
  2. There is a rem jet you’ll need to wash off before processing the film. If you hand it over to your local photo lab — do tell them about the rem jet. It will damage their chemicals and will be a real pain in the reels to the processing machine.

Had first few rolls exposed as E.I. 500. The results are below:

 

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D
Fuji Reala 500D @ ISO 500 // C-41 process

The unexpected grain level led me to this discussion, which explains in a deep details why’s and how’s about the sandy look of the images.

Fuji Reala 500D

The conclusion is that these rolls were underexposed and my Epson V600 automatically tried to compensate for my optimism. Next ones I went shooting at ISO 250, 200 and even 160. Much better results follow:

Fuji Reala 500D
Fuji Reala 500D @ ISO 250 // C-41
Fuji Reala 500D
Fuji Reala 500D @ ISO 200

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Here is a leaflet from Fujifilm – reala500d.

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

You may still feel some noise here and there but I like the colors when exposure clicks correct.

In 2015 I decided to have a small project and shoot all summer pictures on this film. It took 10 – 12 rolls to learn how to use it.

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

Fuji Reala 500D

I like the pastel colors of this film and its fine grain, when exposed properly. This film is easily developed in C-41, you should only remember to take care of the rem jet.

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2 Comments

  1. Arden

    Did you process any of these yourself, if so, what did you use to remove the remjet?

    And what profile do you use in negafix with the v600 to scan?

    I made the same mistake it seems, shooting at 400 speed and it’s pretty grainy.

    I’ll try 200 ISO and see how that goes. I used 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda in 1L of 102 degree Fahrenheit water…bathe, agitate, dump, some hot fresh water rinse and dumps…just looking for pointers.

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    1. Vesselin (admin) Author

      Hi Arden–

      I did not process these myself, they went to a professional lab and were developed in C-41. However, later on I experimented with this film in old color process by ORWO, see here:

      http://analoguephotolab.com/orwo-c-5168/

      To remove the rem jet, I use 20 grams of baking soda and follow the same steps like you — I let it stay in the soda solution for about 20 minutes and agitate aggressively. Then wash a lot.

      I don’t use any profiles for scanning.

      Best regards,
      Vesselin

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