The first time I saw the results obtained with this film I couldn't believe it; undoubtedly, Kodak had managed to reproduce a good part of the best characteristics of uncrossed slide film on a color negative film.
I guess the world of photographic film is more or less like the world of cameras, the most important thing is variety. After all the years I’ve spend using analogue cameras the only conclusion I’ve reached is that, generally, there is no bad camera, in the same way that there is no bad film, the only thing you have to do is look for the adequate combination that offers the results we want or if it doesn’t do it, at least manages to surprise us.
There are many cameras on the market: toy cameras, compact, pocket, SLRs, TLRs. The same goes when it comes to film, as we can choose over a huge variety (yes, even now in times of alleged analogue crisis): color negative films, slide films, black and white films, and even infrared films! Taking into account what I’m saying, it will be very hard for someone not to find an ideal film for each camera, and in the same way it will be almost impossible not to find a favorite combination. Hence, a lot of us have the habit of buying photographic cameras continuously and try new brands and types of photographic film.
Of all the camera types on the market, among my favorites are, without a doubt, high end compact cameras (just because of their size). I realize that shooting with my Fuji Klasse W, Leica Minilux 2.4 or my Fuji Zoom Date f.2.8 gives me a satisfaction way beyond the other compact cameras in my collection (with the exception of the older models such as the Lomo LC-A and Olympus XA, due to the quality of their lenses), so I use these cameras profusely and I’m always looking for an adequate film to squeeze out all their possibilities.
Currently, I’m experimenting slide films developed with E-6 process, still not having found my favorites, but with regards to color negative film, I have a very clear idea. If we want the best film for out high end cameras, Kodak Ektar 100 is the ideal candidate, be it 35 or 120mm.
The first time I saw the results obtained with this film I couldn’t believe it, undoubtedly Kodak had managed to reproduce a good part of the best characteristics of uncrossed slide film on a color negative film. Its colors are absolutely bright, rich like those of few other films, its grain very fine, almost non-existent, its versatility outstanding, allowing it to be forced two steps without any visible alteration to the results.
We probably are looking at a not very “lomographic” color negative film, mainly because of what attracts me the most about it, its predictability and high fidelity, but when we’re looking for a film to be used on cameras with great lenses trying to obtain perfect photographs, we can be sure we won’t find any color negative film that gets close to it. I am clear in my mind about it, to have fun and obtain surprising results I will enjoy loading films like Fuji Sensia 100, and then cross processing it, but if what we want is to come back from vacations with some great photos, worthy of the best of our photo albums… Kodak Ektar 100, it won’t let you down.