Ektar 100 Rocks ! – A review

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Just managed to shoot off one roll of Ektar 100, usually i am mostly a B&W kind of guy so i don’t really shoot a lot of colour. But after i see the scans from my Ektar 100. I am amaze at the vibrant colours that came off the scans! They reminded me of slides films, i think Ektar could be a good replacement if you like slides, considering that E6 process is getting harder to find and expensive.

Kodak calls Ektar “The Worlds Finest Grain Negative Film” and i tend to agree, scans show minimal grain.

Ektar promises

  • Ultra Vivid Color
  • Exceptional Sharpness
  • Extraordinary enlargement capability
For those who like camera porn information, all shots taken with a Leica M2 with Voigtlander Color Skopar 50mm F2.5 with a Voigtlander clip on meter. A Nikon Coolscan V with VueScan was used to scan all the negatives using the Lock Film Base Colour method and Generic Negative. Slight post processing include levels and vignetting.
You can click on the images for the larger image.
The film seems to emphasise the reds and the greens very strongly and gives off a saturated look overall.
For skin colour, it renders Asian skin tones quite naturally. Perhaps just with a tinge of redness or warmness to it.

Don’t you just love the colours :), one thing i found was that if you underexpose Ektar it tends to colour shift. I haven’t really try overexposing Ektar and see what’s the effect on the scans.

I think Ektar is one of those films perfect for those who like vibrant colours and want to go back to seeing those colours pop up like colour reversal films. I still have another roll around, and will continue to experiment with it.

For the rest of the images please visit my Flickr page.

Steve McCurry shoots the last roll of Kodachrome

Steve McCurry shooting the last roll of Kodachrome. He is back to doing what he does best, shooting iconic portraits.

After seeing this video, it made me realised that film might be not be here forever, film production are closing down although there is a resurgence now but it’s inevitable i guess.

i went out and bought 2 rolls of Fuji Provia 100F intending to just use these 2 rolls to shoot portraits of my family and people i know. I don’t think i will be shooting slides for long though, they are simply quite expensive. Each roll of Provia costs me $13.50 SGD not counting the processing costs. Lets see how these slides turn out.

Vanity Fair has a slide show of the pictures that Steve McCurry took.

 

Kodak to sell off film business.

Its pretty sad that Kodak announced that they are selling off their film business, the one thing that got them started in the first place.

I hoped that whoever is buying over the business will keep the film alive especially since there is a resurgence of people shooting film (like me).

Links
http://gizmodo.com/5937571/kodak-is-selling-off-its-film-business
http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2200811/kodak-to-sell-off-film-division

How Film is made – Old Kodak Documentary

Old Kodak Documentary in German (I think) but with subtitles in English.

Amazing how much of the process is done in darkness and by feel and how much quality control goes into the process.

I can understand why companies would like to cut film production, its simply quite intensive and lots of specialized equipment needs to be used. But of course i do hope that they will be around for much much longer.

Enjoy