Searching for a slide film with ridiculous contrast but no extreme color shift? Well look for further than this queen bee of the Ektachromes!
I was recently in the lookout for new and unexplored slide film. So I headed over to the Lomography store in New York where the head honcho there recommended to me the Kodak Ektachrome 100 Plus. Curious, as I’ve never used either Ektachrome or expired film before, I bought I role and headed out to Washington Square Park. When I got the results back they blew me away: I’ve never seen such high contrast for a film that has little color shift. The reds scream out at you, the greens and blues dominating whenever they appear.
Now, the only problem I saw was whenever the sun disappeared behind the clouds, or I pointed the LC-A at a dark object (building, arch, shadow, etc) the detail in the object would all but disappear and be replaced with unwanted grain. Thankfully it was a sunny day, but this just shows that the film is an unforgiving on a bright sunlight experience. After a few hours of fun in the sun, I rushed over to the Lomo store once more and bought their remaining rolls of this wondrous- if not,rare- film. Now looking back at the fruits of my labor, Im very, very happy that I have plenty more of this excellent find in stock.
Let’s recap, shall we?
- Ridiculously high levels of saturation
- Beautiful colors
- very low levels of color shift
- Strong, high contrast
- Contrast causes dark spots to underexpose
- Excessive grain in dark spots
- VERY rare and hard to find
Kodak Ektachrome 100 Pus certainly lives up to its name, and (for me at least) entered into the hallow halls as one of my favorite films!