There was a range of ultra-low iso slidefilms for artificial Tungsten light from Kodak that delivers all kinds of color-nuances and shades. These films were quite durable and stable, so they were actually quite suitable for many kinds of weather conditions and photojournalists, that always had to be sure that they can deliver results whenever it’s needed. One of my favourites in this row must be the Kodak Ektachrome 320ET – a true survivor.
It gets confusing sometimes, when you give films to the lab and when they are returned, there is often only a number and a code on the negatives. How often did I ask my friend, the interweb, to help me out to understand which film I had used. Note to myself: the 320T uses the coding of EPJ 5042. I recall at least two times when I used it, it happened on different continents and both times were completely different weather and light conditions. The first timewas in Tampere, Finland. I tampered through the city from the seaside to the Olympic stadium.
The weather was dull, almost a little cold. It called for cross development, and on top with long expired slide film I would also recommend it. But it would be worth trying it as E6, too. I even read some interesting notes, that the 320T was great for projecting slides. As it was shot with Tungsten light, it was very suitable to be projected under 5000K artificial light, too. I think that sounds plausible, and still far away from now, as we are more likely to project pictures with a beamer, than with a projector. But well, I will leave that to you.
What I like is that it creates this very retro feeling with earthy washed out colours. But still the grain is very small and it is a joy looking at the sharp pics. Compared to The Kodak EB or Agfa CT Precisa, it is lacking the sharp contrast and crazy colours. But it really delivers a great down to earth feeling, less excitement – more contemplation.
The other time I used it was on my trip to Australia with Stéphane and Katoun. I used it quite a bit indoors and I must say I am very impressed how it reacts in very low light conditions. Considering I barely use flash, it is most impressive how bright my indoor shots turned out. Honestly, the results are better than most 400 or 800 iso CN would do. I think I faked the iso on my LC-Wide and pushed it to 400, to have a quicker snap, and even more so, that is impressive.
So you see, you can’t really go wrong with this film, if you like the retro feeling of its colours. Here you got a beast, that can be used wherever you are. May it be winter or summer. May you be on a island or on land. This film won’t fail you.