It seems odd to write a review of a film that I’ve only used a couple of times, but even with limited use, I know that this film is already one of my all time favourites.
Oh Kodak Ektar… where do I start with this film?
Let start with what initially won me over… the colours! The photo above is a great example of the beautiful rustic reds and earthy browns that this film can produce. You can also see how beautifully it captures the light, even in low light situations with the haze captured wonderfully along the top of the photo.
Below you can see how wonderfully it also captures blues including the sky and water as well. I love the contrasts between the darker shadows and the light highlights as they provide an added depth to the image. Simply put, the colours from this film are gorgeous.
I’m not sure why it actually took me so long to buy this film – I was a little put off by the price, but with every film, if you look around you can get a good deal. I was also a little wary of the low iso and even with the light meter in the LC-A, this film did struggle with some inside shots.
However, the small negatives of this film I think are easily outweighed by the positives. The grain of this film is soft and really very fine, also in the right light, the film is very responsive and captures details beautifully. As this film was redeveloped in 2008, it also scans beautifully and looks great on screen, something that I am particularly pleased with.
Overall, its the final results of this film that show its quality and its these that will win you over. This film won me over with just one roll and I can imagine its won a lot of people over in a similar fashion. If you’re thinking of trying out a new to you colour negative film, I would highly recommend this one.