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02-24-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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New Kodak Ektar 100 now in 120

I was hoping Kodak would make it available in 120. I've been dying to try it and compare it against Velvia!


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I just pulled a roll of Ektar 25 in 35mm format out of my fridge yesterday evening. The twist is that it was supposed to be developed by 1990.
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if i'm shooting MF in color, it's gotta be chrome
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
if i'm shooting MF in color, it's gotta be chrome
To date that's exactly how I've felt. I mainly shoot either B&W or Velvia*; any other color shooting I do with digital. Still, I am anxious to compare the new Ektar with Velvia.

* I confess I have a small stash of 35mm "Kodak Royal Gold" film that's long since expired. I really ought to use it.

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Actually, Ektar in Medium Format is a reintroduction, as I used it in 1992 and liked it a lot. As I recall, it was 25 speed. Prefer Velvia 50 tho.
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Kodak's target market here is perhaps not immediately obvious.

The first digital wave has left people buying fine art photos wondering what actually constitutes a photograph. Pros who shoot for this market know that digital capture can add unnecessary expense and complexity to the process. Where practical, shooting it on film allows the best of both worlds for many. It's also a good way to conserve precious capital, rather than taking huge depreciation to upgrade with every incremental camera sensor improvement. Particularly true with so many wedding photographers having ditched MF film for the advantages of digital for low-light interior work, and as the result there being such a glut of pro gear like 645Ns and lenses selling used for peanuts lately.

Transparencies are wonderful to look at and to scan. But the workflow in making traditional wet prints is one heck of a lot easier with C-41 than E-6 and Ilfochrome. This I know from years of selling fine art prints out my darkroom door. Too, it's getting awfully pricey to source the Ilfochrome media and chemistry. Even so, the media cost of digital inks and papers can be several times that of color photographic paper and chemistry. C-41 and RA-4 are cheap and simple in comparison to either, and the results are more than quite good enough for perhaps the majority of subjects.

I'll not only be trying a Propack or three of Ektar 100 of it in my P645N, if I like it I may even look for or build a 617 body for my Nikkor SW 90 f/8 to leave the 4x5 at home.

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