Lomopedia: Kodak Ektar 100

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We can all agree here in the community that shooting with slide film has its ups and downs. One of the pros of slide film is the outrageous saturation and lively colors -- this we’ve seen time and time again in our community members’ albums and photographs. The con on the other hand has to be the expensive processing fees that come with it. Slide film is always more expensive than regular color negative but fortunately for many of us here, the Kodak Ektar 100 film is cheaper to develop but boasts a similar effect when it comes to color and saturation.

Kodak Ektar 100 via Wikipedia

The Kodak Ektar 100 is a film that is able to capture plenty of detail with the promised high saturation and fine grain. It’s a great alternative to slide film as it almost brings out the same vivid colors and strong hues. It’s also able to retain information when it comes to shadows and highlights. It is branded by Kodak as a semi-professional film and is favored by many photographers due to its dynamic range and features. One thing that users will have to remember is to shoot the Ektar 100 in good lighting conditions to take advantage of its vivid colors and good saturation.

Kodak Ektar 100 in 35mm and 120 via Lomography

However, there is one noticeable downside to the Kodak Ektar 100’s almost perfect record -- fair skin complexion comes out as pinkish in the prints. Some users would argue that it can be remedied in the post processing or scanning period.

Kodak Ektar 100 Technical Specifications

Type: color negative film
Developing: C-41 color negative processing
ISO: 100
Format: 35mm, 120, 4x5, 8x10
Exposures: 36 for 35mm, 12 for 120
Features: high saturation, vivid colors, dynamic tonal range, detailed shadows and highlights when shooting in contrast, super fine grain

Take a look at some photos taken with the Kodak Ektar 100 by our very own community members:

Credits: vicuna, an4, sadiestoker, bravopires, fendyfazeli, grazie & zorki

All information used in this article was sourced from Lewis Collard, PetaPixel, and Kodak.

written by cheeo on 2017-08-26 #gear #film #color #100 #grain #saturation #ektar #kodak #lomopedia

One Comment

  1. overthewoods
    overthewoods ·

    Great photo examples to accompany the article! My own experience with Ektar 100 is that it is fussy with respect to exposure ... easy to under- or over-expose ... and when you do, there go the nice saturated colors. So no "sunny 16" rule for this film; I use a meter and bracket +/- one stop for each shot.

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