Guest post by Hugo Pinho: Kodak Ektar 100 @ 64, 80 and 100

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.

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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.

 

Contax G1, G28mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@64

Contax G1, G28mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@64

 

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@64

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@64

 

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@64

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@64

 

At ISO 80 we can notice some changes. Colors seem accurate and saturation is a bit stronger.

Contax G1, G28mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@80

Contax G1, G28mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@80

 

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@80

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@80

 

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@80

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@80

Finally at ISO 100, I can see the “punch” that I was expecting. Besides a slight magenta cast, the pictures are more appealing.

Contax G1, G28mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@100

Contax G1, G28mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@100

 

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@100

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@100

 

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@100

Contax G1, G45mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100@100

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!

 

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7 comments
  1. dehk said:

    I’ll hold your scientific words to it 😉

  2. Son of Sharecroppers said:

    I’ve shot Ektar 100 at box speed and thought that it was excellent. I usually meter on the shadows. I like it as well as I do Velvia 50, which gets tons of love.

  3. Anonymous said:

    Gostei imenso. Obrigada aos dois!;-D!

  4. Sorry to bring up such an old post, but I have a question. Did you have the film developed for the shot speed, or just overexpose and develop normally?

    • Sorry for the late answer, It was a guest post and I’ll ask the author to get back to you.

      • Hello again Jeff, here’s the answer from the author:

        “Hugo Pinho
        Yes, the film was overexposed and developed normally. Maybe one day I should repeat the experience, as shooting a 100 ASA film at 64 is not that significative. Any lightmeter slight error could make that difference.

        And the photos aren’t nothing special, they were just for the sake of the experience 🙂

        Maybe I should try it out soon! Thanks for your interest on this matter and raising the question. Maybe that was the encouragement I needed to stop being lazy and shoot some film.

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