Euro Activ Chrome (35 mm, 100 iso) User-Review

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I found this obscure film in a fair, the name and look of it were not very promising, but it turned to be a great surprise!

A few months ago I went hunting for film and cameras together with @fancholland2 at a photography equipment fair, somewhere not far from Utrecht. We got out with a large bag full of film, some of it well known and fresh, some well expired, and a few rolls of pretty suspicious looking “Euro Activ Chrome”.
The film was manufactured in Germany. It is a color slide film, rated 100 iso. And that’s about all the information I could find about this film. Google-ling it brought nothing up, and on the developed film there are only a bunch of useless numbers and “21/100” (temperature and iso rating) .

Shot with the Diana Mini

I loaded the first roll in the Diana Mini and when i got the (cross processed) results back from the lab I was very surprised – bright, punchy colors, beautiful blues, greens and reds. It reminded me of the Agfa CT Pesica in its crossed processed tones. I was very happy!

Shot with the Balda Baldinette

The second roll went into the Baldinette (another winning from the same fair). Again, I was positively surprised! This camera/film combination produced a bit more subtle tones, and a great vintage feel.
I must say I love this film. Crossed, it produces wonderful colors, very saturated and with no real tendency towards any specific end of the spectrum. I also like the crunchy nice grain, which adds to the character. I have not tried to develop it in E-6 yet, but I love the crossed processed results it delivers, and unfortunately I have only one roll left…

So if you come across this film, do not hesitate! Grab it!

written by paramir on 2010-06-28 #gear #review #135 #35 #color-slide-film #x-pro #cross-process #diana-mini #balda #color-reversal-film #baldinette #obscure-film

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8 Comments

  1. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    funky grains!

  2. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    niceeeeeeeeeeee!

  3. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Great photos !!!
    Beautiful colours !!

  4. floriansimon
    floriansimon ·

    I seriously want tons of this film.
    [Little hint: 21° is not the temperature, but the DIN scale, so 21°DIN = 100ASA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_speed]

  5. paramir
    paramir ·

    @floriansimon - thanks for the correction! (I feel a bit silly now...)

  6. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Cool review Paramir and nice shots from my City Rennes! I also had some shots with this film but I did not put them yet on the website (lazy me). I also like the look of it, it definitely reminds me of the Agfa precisa when xpro. BTW you forgot to mention that we paid 2 euros the pack of 10 films!! One lucky pick!

  7. paramir
    paramir ·

    @fancholland - indeed! the price was definitely another great thing about this film :)

  8. nicofrog
    nicofrog ·

    very nice film!

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