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    Kodak Ektar 100 - Is This a Bad Joke from Kodak?

    Hello,

    I shot a couple rolls of this and I thought the cyan color cast was depressing - as in some 1950's or 1960's era type color film.
    I mean, google the name Kodak Ektar 100 and look at all the images, they also look like it has a very limited color pallet...

    I mean who's drinking this Kool-Aid, er using this film? Why? I won't argue with you. I just want to hear your viewpoint if you like this film.

    The reason I seem upset is that I am looking to stockpile some color neg film that will last, hence the slow speed. But Fuji Reala 100 has been discontinued and Kodak Ektar 100, well, looks less than promising.

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    All I can say is that with normal lab processing and subsequent scanning (Coolscan 9000, Silverfast 8.0 on a Mac), one usually has to tweak the color profile for accurate color; in Silverfast this is accomplished by editing the (proprietary) "Negafix" profile.

    My out-of-the-box result with this scanning setup are exactly like you described.

    It's supposed to be a film emulsion specifically designed for scanning, and I guess it is worth persevering to get optimal results.

    Oh, and one final thing - underexposure probably shifts the colors to a hellish blue/magenta cast!

    The bottom line is probably that Ektar does live up to its hype.

    With greetings from Athens,

    Xen

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    I've shot a few rolls in the past few years and have had no problems with scans. Some shot at night, some shot during the day.

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    I like it but I found I had to over expose a little bit to stop the sky going too cyan.


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    i have had similar results - mainly with the sky being too cyan. I also do not find the film to be "ultra vivid color" as described by kodak... but then i mostly use transparency film when i shoot color.

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    If you like Reala there's a fair chunk of it available. (I assume you are talking about 120 given your profile).

    Amazon has it.

    Adorama has it.

    B&H is showing a backorder not a discontinuance.

    There's plenty on eBay.

    Why are you grousing about a film you aren't being forced to use and apparently haven't even tried yourself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    If you like Reala there's a fair chunk of it available. (I assume you are talking about 120 given your profile).

    Amazon has it.

    Adorama has it.

    B&H is showing a backorder not a discontinuance.

    There's plenty on eBay.

    Why are you grousing about a film you aren't being forced to use and apparently haven't even tried yourself?
    To be fair, the OP did indicate he'd used a couple of rolls of the Ektar . . .

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    I bought a 5 pack earlier this year in 120, expecting it to be like the Ektar I used in the 90s. I dont think its terrible, but I'm mostly using it with lenses that weren't intended for color film anyway (1920s and earlier generally). But, needing some more, I bought Reala (a 5 pack from Amazon - better price than Ektar anyway, around $20, I think)

    Dan

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    Haven't shot a ton of Ektar, but so far I love it. But I don't like it for all purposes, so I also use a Portra 160 when I need low ISO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkasha View Post
    To be fair, the OP did indicate he'd used a couple of rolls of the Ektar . . .
    You are absolutely right, I goofed there. My apologies about that Andre.
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