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Kodak Ektachrome Tungsten (35mm, 160 iso) user-review

Some time ago, I found an auction on Ebay which probably looked like a bunch of crap for any non lomographer guy... But not for me! This way I got 20 rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 (expired 1996), and 20 rolls of Kodak Ektachrome 160T, expired from... 1989!!!

Some time ago, I found an auction on Ebay which probably looked like a bunch of crap for any non lomographer guy… But not for me! This way I got 20 rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 (expired 1996), and 20 rolls of Kodak Ektachrome 160T, expired from… 1989!!!

These are almost expired of 20 years plus the fact I didn’t know how they had been stocked until now were a bit frightening but the price was so low I decided to give it a try, and it was worth it!

Being so old, this film like elder people has become a bit over demanding (or blind!), and it needs good light or a bit of overexposure to give you its best! You’d better go shooting outside, and possibly on sunny days with ET!
I’ve never tried to process it in E6 yet (but I will as soon as I can), but C41 gave me some cool results! I was a bit skeptical when I got back my negative strip, which apeared very dense and dark greened color, but the results after an accurate scanning whipped out all my doubts!

Low light yields heavy grain while bright sun will give you some quite sharp pictures, but the most noticeable effect of this film is the purple/violet cast it gives you! Not the Agfa blue nor the Fuji pink, I don’t think I ever saw this particular shift from other films, for sure not from mine!
Even if it’s quite difficult to use and scan, this film has a great personality, so if you happen to see some or on ebay or abandoned in your local shop, don’t hesitate, get it while you can!

written by champi

8 comments

  1. lomodirk

    lomodirk

    cool gallery :)

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  2. vicuna

    vicuna

    Wow! Cool review and great gallery!! :)

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  3. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    looks really great

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  4. champi

    champi

    Thank you guys! Mephisto, I hope you'll have fun shooting it!!

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  5. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    purple skies! iv never seen that! awesome!

    btw, how old shud an expired film be? to be used like it dint need so much light as 1996 or 1989. is there like a safety range of an epired year? like 5 expired yrs old being the max to be used to its full potential? etc etc etc etc

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  6. quaisoir

    quaisoir

    oooh...i juz got my rolls abt a few days ago...can't wait to try it out. Love ya shots! :)

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  7. champi

    champi

    cinzin I guess it's more about how it was kept (fridge or not)... But maybe more than 5-10 years becomes pretty critical...

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  8. nock

    nock

    i tried it! my results are terrible... :/ i'm scanning them now and on the lc-a where there is no 160 asa only 100 or 200 i picked the 200... a mistake, should have gone to the 100 asa... also theres a lot of grain, i've x-proed it and cant get a nice scan from the negatives... i had a bad experience with this film :(

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