Do you like extremely slow film? Are you a fan of cross processing slide film? Are your favorite colors blue or green? Then give some Ektachrome a try!
The very first weekend that I had my very first camera, my Holga 120 FN, I went with my father to see an old couple he was friends with in the mountains of North Carolina. The wife of the couple had been a photographer, and seemed charmed by the fact that I was interested in film photography. She dug around after awhile and found what was left of all the film she had never used, including two Pro Packs of Ektachrome 64. I took it and the black and white film she gave me gratefully, but I have since fallen in love with the slide film, which was dated to expire in 1986 and has given me some very cool results.
64, being a very slow, will result in very deep darks, but also makes it perfect for a Lomographer with a two aperture camera on completely cloudless days. The grain is extremely fine, which will make your shots very smooth, despite having extremely dark shadows. The best part of this film is cross processing it, though, which results in hyper-exaggerated blues and greens, and while shooting some slide film normally once in awhile is nice, especially to get some good color saturated pictures, I would never process this film normally simply because of how in love I am with the colors it makes when cross processed.If you can get a hold of some of this discontinued beauty, or the tungsten version, even, I say do it, you surely will not regret seeing some pretty colors. Go on, feed your Holgas and Dianas and Lubitels!