To Cross or Not to Cross, That's the Question


Kodak’s slide film E100VS affords so vivid, saturated and natural colors that the hardest choice we’ll have to do after shooting every roll is whether to cross-process it or not. Whatever you do, the results will be delightful!

Credits: vgzalez

Kodak’s Ektachrome film family is almost a classic. Since the mythical Kodachrome was discontinued, Ektachrome constitutes the professional slide film brand by Kodak. Among them, probably the two best known are the ones with 100 ISO speed: Ektachrome E100G and E100VS.

Both films offer a superb grain quality thanks to the proprietary T-Grain technology by Kodak. This characteristic is particularly relevant in the E100G (the ‘G’ is for ‘Grain’). Additionally, the E100VS features color enhancers which increase the saturation of the film while keeping natural tones, allowing to get extraordinary vivid and saturated colors (‘V’ and ‘S’ are for ‘Vivid’ and ‘Saturated’)

After using the E100G film several times with my Diana+, I was always fully satisfied with those yellowish and greenish colors I obtained after crossing it (it’s to say, after developing this slide film with C-41 process for color negatives).

As I was shooting the first rolls with my new LC-A+, I was curious to see what kind of results I could get with the E100VS film. So, as soon as I found a few rolls at good price in a Berlin photography shop, I bought them and started shooting.

I cross-processed the first roll, and the results were surprising: deep colors, full contrast, intense blues on the skies, sparkling greens and yellows dyeing everything.

Roll of Ektachrome E100VS cross-processed

Back to Madrid and after a little bit of research, I found a handful of laboratories being able to develop slides following their conventional E-6 process. So I brought my second E100VS to be developed at one of them. If I got fantastic colors with cross-processing, with conventional E-6 I got colors I had never seen: real tones full of vividness, mauves and blues on marvelous skies at sunset, intense red and yellows under daylight. I must admit that the images resulting from the scanner have nothing to do with actually looking at the real developed film. The colors, directly viewed on the slide, are simply magical and fascinating.

Ektachrome E100VS developed as color slides.

So, we can conclude that E100VS is a fantastic slide film, which will afford excellent results (grain, color, contrast) no matter if you cross-process it or not. Its only (but large!) drawback is its price, but it’s worth paying that price for a professional film like this.

I can only say that I’m now expecting the next five E100VS rolls I ordered, and I know that I will have to make a hard choice after shooting every roll: to cross or not to cross, that’s the question.

written by vgzalez on 2010-10-11 #gear #film #slide #negative #review #c41 #color #c-41 #cross #ektachrome #saturation #e6 #e-6 #kodak #x-pro #cross-process #c-41 #user-review #e-6 #color-reversal


  1. emilios
    emilios ·

    Very good article!

  2. pulex
    pulex ·

    great article!! my favorite film at the moment and iwasnt shure about not crossing it..thanks for that!! luckily i got seven rolls in my fridge!

  3. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    thanks for the comments! @pulex, let's take them out of the fridge and develop in E6 chemicals!! great results!!! ;)

  4. _geekyaccidents
    _geekyaccidents ·

    Those are very beautiful shots *thumbs up*

  5. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    indeed! :)

  6. brettac
    brettac ·

    Love the x-pro shots, I've got two undeveloped rolls and you've inspired me to go with x-pro 

  7. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    Thanx for your comment, @brettac!! If you try, for sure you'll love the results!!

  8. brettac
    brettac ·

    hope so. i dropped them off today and i'am expecting them to be one on thurs. i'll keep you informed :)

  9. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Lovely galleries. I've got a few rolls in 35mm and 120 stashed that I plan on using soon. I think it'll have to be cross processed though, lov the colours you get. You are right about the price - goes for about £3 a roll at least for expired!

  10. ck_berlin
    ck_berlin ·

    @vgzalez: very good article! Where in Berlin you found the film and what was the price? @all: where can I buy cheap Kokak Ektas (in the www)?

  11. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    Thanks, @ck_berlin! I bought my rolls at 'viertel vor 8', Pappelallee 7/8. A lot of professional guys there. In the WWW, I got some rolls from Kodak Online Shop. Here in Spain, the prices are quite good.

  12. plump_bisquit
    plump_bisquit ·

    great article, i also think that both, xpro and normal developement can lead to beautiful results. that's why it's hard to make a decision :)

  13. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    Yeah, so hard!!! I'm planning to use a coin to decide...!!! ;)

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