Hugo is a friend who was kind enough to accept this challenge.
We both share the passion for photography and we both have a soft spot for film.
Regardless of that, Hugo is the guy that bought my Ricoh GR1s and gave it back to me as a gift.
He is now working out of Portugal but he is the perfect example that, when we are apart from family and there’s nothing we can do about it, we can always turn to the second best thing in life… photography.
In the first place I would like to thank Paulo for the invitation to write an opinion about my first experience with Kodak Ektar 100.
Also the camera was a novelty. A few months ago I bought a Contax G1 with the 45mm and 28mm lenses, but I didn’t have the opportunity to try it out. So I was shooting these rolls with absolutely none prediction of the results!
After reading some different opinions about the film speed for more pleasant results, I’ve decided to make this non-scientific experiment and, with luck, be able to reach my own conclusions!
Now, having them developed by a lab and scanned at home, I will try to give my opinion about the film. For now I won’t say anything about the camera but, searching this blog we are able to find lots of information about this camera and lenses!
Grabbed a few rolls and shot them at ISO 100, 80 and 64. Sounds a little ridiculous, because they differ only 1/3 stop and, as we know, any camera can produce metering errors far wider. So I shouldn’t realize any differences, right? But I did.
Shooting at 64, overexposing 2/3 of a stop, the colors seem less saturated than I would expect from this film. I might be wrong, but it seems to me that the pictures have an almost imperceptible blue cast.
At ISO 80 we can notice some changes. Colors seem accurate and saturation is a bit stronger.
Finally at ISO 100, I can see the “punch” that I was expecting. Besides a slight magenta cast, the pictures are more appealing.
Now, some general considerations:
– ISO 64 might be too much overexposure; – This film has low exposure latitude, like transparency film; – In bright sunlight it delivers more saturated colors, but easily it tends to blow the highlights; – It is a difficult film to use. The metering needs to be spot on, but when it does, the results are really satisfying.
Finally I just want to reiterate that this is a non scientific analysis and you shouldn’t at all trust my word! Everywhere on the web I read opinions about Ektar 100 and how good it performs at ISO 64 or even 50. So I leave you with some pictures. Hope you like them!