Kodak Ektar 100; it sounds so exotic and for me it delivers the kind of saturation that makes shooting colour film so fun, but without the reduced latitude that comes with shooting slide film. I was initially skeptical of Ektar as many people (online) said that it produced nasty skin tones, I bought some to find out for myself!
All 5 shots were taken with my trusty Rolleicord Vb and metered using sunny 16 and a MK1 eyeball.
I love the way Kodak Ektar can boost the colours on a gloomy day, I love the skin tones on a bright sunny day in open shade and yes, I’ll also admit skin tones in bright direct sunlight can get pretty funky; seek out some shade and you’ll get amazing skin tones and intense colour pop.
Ektar scans super sharp in both 120 and 35mm and the grain is almost non-existent, I have found quite a difference depending on what scanner is used so keep that in mind if you want to try it for yourself.
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It took me a while to find all my Ektar scans; so writing this article has taught me one lesson, always tag your scans with the film used!
Another plus point for shooting Ektar is that it’s usually a good chunk cheaper that other Kodak professional films, I recommend you grab a block and start experimenting with colours that pop.
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~ Michael Rennie
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