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    Color palette is always a matter of taste. If there was fresh Agfachrome 100 with the pastel look it had in the late 1980s, I'd be shooting it.

    That said, a cyan cast sounds like a printing issue more than a film issue, since it's negative film, and the negative always has to be interpreted to produce accurate color.
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    I love Kodak , I have no problem with them and I use them but I cant agree with their Ektar and movie films. I saw many Ektar shots at gallery and high contrast and low contrast colors seem to me out of taste , not artful or harmonic. But Portra is excellent , may be they stopped Ektachrome and stop its compete with modern film colors to open space for new films. If I cant find fresh portra anymore here , I will go back to 5222 route with Microdol 1+1 and leave the color photography. Wow I have a problem with Kodak management also.!!!

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    In fact i was thinking Ektar will be my favorite color neg, i liked it, but once i used Reala 100 i changed my mind completely, Reala is my favorite color film now, and if this is going to be discontinued also then i will give up color film and use digital for color, Ektar100 will not make my mind over Reala as it didn't so far.

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    Been using Ektar exclusively for a project recently and it's my colour film of choice for anything other than people. Definitely an acquired taste and very problematic in my experience under blue skies - and I won't go anywhere near dawn or sunset with it either. I've been producing most of my work in a very green place and this is the reason I chose the film. It does something quite unique with greens, specifically under overcast skies - which are just about the only skies we get here.

    In flat light the added punch you'll get from colours can work wonders if you're very selective - but isn't that the trick of photography anyway?
    The saturation and contrast are definitely too much for me in direct sunlight. And of course, that cyan cast isn't going to be helped by blue skies - yes, shadows look like swimming pools.

    In my mind it should be sold as a 'flat light film'. If you look at any contemporary colour work, you'll notice blank skies a plenty. Something tells me this film is aimed directly at those adhering to this popular aesthetic. Kodak's first 'fine art' film?


    An ollllld image, but the kind of 'scene' I feel the film works best under.
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    The American Jeff Brouws uses Ektar and I'm almost certain this image is - http://www.jeffbrouws.com/series/highway_F13.html
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    Perhaps something was slightly off with the processing. Give Kodak a call and let them know....
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    I used it few times in the past. As Kodak says, it's super saturated in color. It wasn't to my taste. I didn't think any particular color was more saturated than others.

    I think of it as a special purpose film where color saturation is important.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I agree with most here. Nothing wrong with my processing - done by A&I in Hollywood about 3 years ago. My Ektar scanned on Nikon 5000. Cyan cast. Also vast majority of online examples of Ektar 100 also look bad.

    Here's what I think: I think Kodak told their (young, fresh out of RIT, RPI, MIT, etc) engineers to build the best ISO 100 color neg film they could. This is not a film devised by Kodak's all time best and brightest.

    If it were any good, they'd be selling a lot more of it. It sells only because its one of the last standing. That's all.

    I'll research the Fuji Reala in 120 y'all mentioned.

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    I don't scan, but optically print my negatives and I have never had any of the problems with Ektar that people complain about, no blue in the shadows, no cyan cast, etc. So I believe scanning must be causing a lot of the problems users have. I have been using films for over 30 years and it is not a poorly designed film. I would not use it where good skin tones are important due to its higher saturation but when vivid colors are desired it does well when exposed and printed properly.

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    This shot alone made my mind for Reala 100

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    And here are 2 shots from Ektar that i feel it is fine, but i favor color of Reala over Ektar

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    Sorry, but all scanned by my flatbed, wish to have a drum scanner or at least film dedicated scanner.

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    Oh there are more of Reala, sorry to hidjack

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    My bad sharpness killed some of those shots. If you want to see some more from Ektar let me know.

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