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Grainy Results From an Expired Kodak Elitechrome 400

An ISO 400 film is great for street photography: fast enough to capture a fleeting moment, yet still usable in low-light situations. But, how will a roll that expired two years ago behave in an Olympus PEN EE-2 half-frame camera? How will it turn out when cross processed? Here are the results.

Having shot two rolls of ISO 400 film from other major film brands before, I have come to expect grains and maybe slight color saturation for earthy colors in my photos. However, with this roll of Kodak Elitechrome 400 film, the results were disappointing.

One of the films and cameras I brought during a recent trip to Bangkok was the Kodak Elitechrome 400 and the Olympus PEN EE-2 half-frame camera. It was a very bright and hot day when I used this combination.

And that was the day that my wife and I decided to visit Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market. Having been to that market before, I knew what to expect. The half-frame camera would make an idea street-shooting companion for that trip. The last thing I wanted was to miss an opportunity when I was reloading my camera.

But what I noticed about most of my photos was how bland they were. Even shot under bright sunlight, the colors didn’t pop out as much as other brands. I think this could be because I was shooting at box speed.

However, I find grain to be acceptable when shot in uneven lighting.

It was a pity that I wasn’t able to pick up the vibrancy in a highly visually colorful location. Even so, I am happy that I was able to capture my visit to the market with an analogue camera.

I don’t know if my expectations were too high, or I simply used the wrong combination of film and camera for the occasion. Then again, perhaps I should just have it processed in E-6 instead of cross processing it, which I might try. But what’s important is that if you have a roll of expired Kodak Elitechrome 400 and want to shoot it with the Olympus PEN EE-2 half-frame camera, this is what could happen when cross processed.

written by uncle_jay

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