Fuji Provia 100F
was the first type of slide film that I used. I have shot
many rolls of it and have been happy with the results. It
is a great film somewhere between the drab results obtained
with Astia and the over the top colors obtained with Fuji
Velvia 50. The film is definitely closer to Velvia in it's
behavior, but with more accurate rendering of red tones that
makes Fuji Provia 100F suitable for pictures of people.
One supposed weakness
to Provia is that it has a slight blue tint to it. This is
sometimes visible in that white objects are never exactly
white but have a slight blue shift. I had to read this comment
from others before I ever noticed it. I would not say that
this shift is a disadvantage but simply a characteristic to
be noted when you are shooting.
For someone beginning
to shoot slide film, I would definately recommend Fuji Provia.
You can use it to photograph just about anything (including
people) and the results are very colorful and beautiful.