Kodak Ektar 100: My Biggest Surprise!

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I'm new to Lomography and the analogue world, so I'm like a child playing and experimenting with everyting. After seeing some shots done with Kodak Ektar and reading some reviews, I had to try it. What I got was much more than I would ever expect from a color negative film. Let me show you after the jump!

The first thing Kodak says about Kodak Ektar 100 35mm is that it has the world’s finest grain. Honestly, I can’t really tell. I’m new to all these new things, like grain, or time of exposure, etc. But I do reckon that the photos are very sharp, very precise and clear, and they are not grainy at all.

But what really surprised me was:

  • A bluish glow that some of the photos have; not has strong as you can get with slide films, but still there:
  • the almost 3D effect you can see sometimes:
  • Being a 100 ISO film, it’s able to capture soft and clear, darker moments where you would use a higher ISO. I was really surprise by how shaper and clear some images still are, especialy the first and last ones.
  • Being able to capture the sunset in a clear, not too glowy, humble way, to make it a true and perfect sunset. Another thing I really loved is the colors you get, not too bright or glowy, but also not too natural.

I was really astonished by how clear, sharp, and precise the results are. I definitely recommend Kodak Ektar to everyone, as a 100 ISO film, sometimes more. I could found them cheaper on ebay and made my stock.

Get some, take it with you for your holidays, and see the results. I’m sure they will be amazing and you will find things, maybe different things, to make you cry out of joy and surprise.

Happy shooting!

written by joaomiguelsantoscunha on 2012-06-05 in #reviews

11 Comments

  1. jawatembak
    jawatembak ·

    nice review. thanks :)

  2. nerpman
    nerpman ·

    If anything, Ektar has a bias towards red. The blue cast you're getting is probably due to shooting in sunlight without a UV filter. Try a polarizer, the saturation will really pop!

  3. joaomiguelsantoscunha
    joaomiguelsantoscunha ·

    @nerpman or maybe it's just a versatile film. you can also see a little of the glow in darker pictures...

  4. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    It's my favourite film ever!

  5. nerpman
    nerpman ·

    @joaomiguelsantoscunha yes it's definitely a very versatile film! This and Portra 160 are my go-to color films for medium format. Thanks for the article!

  6. psychicd
    psychicd ·

    are you using TLR camera for above picture..??

  7. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Very beautiful photos with this film! I think I saw some 120 of this film a few months ago and I now regret that I didn't get some. I bet it would yield nice photos when paired with a Diana F+ or Lubitel!

  8. joaomiguelsantoscunha
    joaomiguelsantoscunha ·

    @psychicd I've taken all this photografs with my Recesky TLR camera, yes. She is my favorite, always amazing results. And she was so cheap... i still can't believe that.

  9. joaomiguelsantoscunha
    joaomiguelsantoscunha ·

    @plasticpopsicle go and get some yes... it's always nice to try new film. being new to all this, that's what i'm doing now... and this is my favorite one so far, i also do like a lot kodak BW films

  10. joaomiguelsantoscunha
    joaomiguelsantoscunha ·

    @nerpman thank you too. :)

  11. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great film!!

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