Kodak showed its commitment to film photography when it released a new professional grade negative film, Ektar 100, in 2008. This came at a time when other film makers are cutting back or had stopped film production entirely. So, how good is this film?
I had always been hesitant about using Ektar 100 due to it’s price. In Singapore, it costs as much, if not more, than a slide film. However, after reading some many good reviews about Ektar 100, coupled with the fact that I am going to Italy for an holiday, I succumbed and bought a few rolls. The result is a mix review which I will elaborate below.
As it is a 100 speed film, I tried to use it in sunny outdoor conditions as much as possible. The shots turned out like what Kodak claimed, they have finer, and smoother grains compared to other 100 speed negative films I had ever used. Besides that, the colors are vibrant and rich, almost comparable to slide films.
Due to its high price, I had been told not to MX or spam the film. But, as a Lomographer, I tend to do the opposite as told and “Don’t think, Just shoot!” I tried out some MX shots and the results are great too. The film seems to have a great tolerance for overexposure.
However, I also found out the hard way that the reverse isn’t true. I underexposed a few frames as the film speed selector on my LC-A+ was accidentally shifted to the ISO 200 position. The shots look quite dark even though it was a sunny day. I think that for underexposure, it has the latitude of a slide film.
Overall, I am pretty please with the results achieved from this film. The next big question is: Would I buy more of this film? The answer is no as if I want to shoot ISO 100 negatives, I would go for other cheaper brands or if I want smooth grains and vivid colors, I would go for slide films. :)