After ordering a roll of Kodak Elitechrome from Lomography Online, I was super stoked to test it out in my trusty Canon AE-1. But after getting my photos back, I was a bit disappointed. The photos were not baaaad…but safe to say, Elitechrome does not handle low light very well. Read more after the jump!
Disclaimer: This is NOT a negative review, this is simply me sharing my experience with this particular roll of film. Who knows, maybe I just got a slightly expired roll, or something to that extent. Anyhow, I say every experience is an irreplaceable one.
Kodak Elitechrome, when cross processed, tends to look like the modest sister of Kodak Ektachrome. Its color shifts are almost non-existent, and the contrast is less punchy. However, I have noticed some green hues that pop out in some photos around Lomography. All in all, it’s a reliable film to shoot with, and does well in broad daylight and blue skies.
So let’s dive right into my experience!
I was extremely stoked and almost hasty to shoot my roll of Elitechrome ASAP. That night, my friends and I were planning to check out Tantalus lookout to watch the sunset, and then go to cosmic bowling later. I knew that the lights from the cosmic bowling would be dim, but a colorful challenge. And the views from Tantalus would be breathtaking and priceless.
My photos after development were…just okay. I know I am pretty critical and over-analytical when it comes to my photos, but I was truly underwhelmed with what should have been priceless results. After thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that Elitechrome, with its 100 ISO, was not a good choice for the lower lighted environments, even with correct exposure in my Canon AE-1 Program. Also, my developer probably did a less-than-great job scanning the slide film, and perhaps did some unnecessary color correction. Bleh. The results showed a strongly green color shift, with blown out highlights (the whites in the sky), and underexposed details. Even with a flash, the results were not pretty. I’ve never had this problem with my trusty Canon, but hey, it’s a learning process, right?
At cosmic bowling:
Overall, Kodak Elitechrome has proved to work amazingly in bright daylight. However, in my case, underexposure gave me strong green hues and oddly blurred details. I was not too fond of it, but I’m sure that type of result could be great for some cases.
Lomo on, fellow chance-takers!