Film Friday: Kodak’s Ektar 100 film

burger1Kodak’s Ektar 100 film is designed for pros and advanced amateur film shooters for nature, travel, fashion, and arch-itectural pho-tography where the subject’s emphasis is on detail and color.

I tried scanning Ektar 100 with my old (in Internet years) Canon desktop scanner but the film retained a slight curl produced during processing, probably during drying, that made the film holder refuse to hold it and the film fell through the holder! Even though it was an inexpensive scanner, it produced acceptable results partially because of large size of the medium format negative.

My initial studio tests where made using my Pentax 6×7 and 75mm lens but I also shot some frames with my gold-trimmed Seagull TLR. It was during a studio shoot with a new model that I made a few discoveries. I forgot that the Pentax 6×7 has an oh-so-slow top X-sync speed of 1/30th sec and the other part of the discovery is that half of a 6×7 cm film frame is bigger than a 35mm film frame.

Reciprocity may be unknown in the digital world but is a fact of life for film, yet Kodak recommends no adjustments for long and short exposures or even filter correction or exposure compensation for exposures from 1/10,000 sec second to 1 second. For critical applications with longer exposure times, Kodak hedges their bets and suggests you “make tests under your conditions.” I made my own tests under low light conditions and found that with exposures up to five seconds I didn’t experience problems with color shifts or variance in exposure and even when over or underexposed the grain structure remained fine, tight, and controlled.

When testing this film I ran into a several film shooters and have increasingly seen people in their ’20 attracted to film photography, probably for the reasons I mentioned previously.  There’s no doubt Kodak Ektar 100 with its super color saturation and microscopic grain make for a formidable combination.

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If you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio, please pick up a copy of Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from with new non-Primr copies selling $17.50, just a few bucks more than used ($15.34.)

Author: Joe Farace

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