My First Experience with the Kodak EPH P1600X

This is my first experience with this rare slide film, now out of production, but still great for Lomographers. This is a nominal 400 ISO slide film (process E6) that can be pushed up to 1600 ISO with a special development. I used it at 200 ISO because I wanted to cross process it, and because it was expired from many years. Read more!

Last week, after many days of rain, there was a good day of sun and nice weather in the North of Italy. This is a strange spring, cold and rainy. However, in this day, I loaded my trusty Praktica MTL 5b camera with a roll of Kodak EPH P1600X and took with me two lenses: a fisheye (the great Zenitar that I bought from the Online Lomography Shop) and the timeless and very sharp Helios 44M-4.

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When I arrived in the park of Villa Olmo in my city Como, I saw these feet leaning against a bench…. Wow!, this is fun, so I quickly took a photo! This is the symbol of spring, when you can taste the joy of staying barefoot outdoors after a long winter! Nice feet to build a Lomowall!

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The film is grainy, but not excessively, even after a crossprocessing. The colours are quite cold, with a lack of red and yellow tones and a prevalence of cyan and blue components.

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The contrast is not excessive, even in bright light conditions. Even in backlight, the latitude is sufficient to obtain a good print

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The second series of images was taken in the park of Villa Olmo, using the Zenitar Fisheye lens.

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As you can see, the colours are altered by the crossprocessing, but not excessively.

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So with this film you can obtain a “color vintage” effect (like some old photos which have changed their tones in a long time period), without destroying totally the true colours of the scene.

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I love the colour of the grass, as the good behaviour of this film in difficult situation with dark shadows in a bright sunny day

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Nest time I’ll try this film developing it in an E6 process, at the nominal 400 ISO speed. Lomo on!

written by sirio174 on 2013-05-31 in #reviews

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