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Kodak Ektachrome SW (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

Yet another gift from a film photographer-turned-digital enthusiast, this roll was long since expired when I received it, having spent many a year at the very bottom of a dark, cluttered closet before being unearthed and handed over.

Yet another gift from a film photographer-turned-digital enthusiast, this roll was long since expired when I received it, having spent many a year at the very bottom of a dark, cluttered closet before being unearthed and handed over.

Ever the optimist and very curious as to what the “SW” would lend to my pictures, I popped it into a camera and started snapping.

My questions were answered by the gruff old desk clerk at my local film developers. “Oh!” he exclaimed excitedly upon seeing the roll, “SW, haven’t seen that in a while. Saturated Warm, if I recall. You should be seeing all sorts of nice warm colors from this little baby.” Of course, when I asked him to bathe the film in C-41 he gave me the small look of pity and dismay that he always gives when I ask him to humor me for the sake of xpro. He understands, but it doesn’t mean he has to like it.

When I returned for the prints, I was absolutely blown away by the results. The cross processing had imbued the pictures with an astonishing range of hues. Everything from emerald green sunlight to dusty brown skies. The vignetting was bold and beautiful and the deep contrasty shadows were black beyond belief. I had found my new favourite film and I only had one roll left.

It’s a real crime that they don’t seem to be making it anymore. If you ever come across an old roll of Ektachrome SW, by all means snatch it up as quick as you can. You won’t be sorry you did!

written by nat-errant

3 comments

  1. jelga

    jelga

    the grass green reminds me of some xproed provia....

    great texture! great film! :)

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  2. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    great gallery! and awesome how image #10 has the jet line thingy.hehe

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  3. orlando_a

    orlando_a

    i just got some rolls im so excited!! do you think there's a trick to getting the warm browns as on lovely pictures 2 and 7?

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