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Thread: Ektar 400?

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    Ektar 400?

    Doesn't it seem like Kodak could apply the technology behind Ektar 100 to a faster film, kind of like how we have TMX and TMY?

    Has anyone tried pushing Ektar 100 or simply underexposing it a couple stops?

    What do you use it for; is it suitable for portraits; how much finer grain is it than say, Portra 160?
    f/22 and be there.

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    That is why I am still keeping my stash of Kodak UC 400 120 and 135 from the hoarders. I am waiting for Ektar 400 as fast as I can.

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    Ektar 400 would be an entirely feasible product if there was a proven market. It would take about 1 - 5 years of R&D depending on the people available and the projects in development. Of course, the ROI would have to support the R&D effort.

    It would take at least 1 - 2 new emulsions / layer and the existing couplers could probably be used. The system would have to be rebalanced.

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    Or Kodak could bring back UC 400 in 120.

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    I tried pushing some Ektar100 two stops--and it looks simply ridiculous. I felt that the contrast and saturation just got a little out of hand. I could see it looking acceptable perhaps under certain low contrast lighting conditions, but I, myself, will probably never do it again. I'll post some examples here if I can find the negatives.

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    I underexposed Ektar by 2 stops and got OK results:
    http://photo-utopia.blogspot.com/200...ektar-100.html

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    I used to use Portra 400 UC until it was discontinued. I switched to 400 NC, not VC, and was amazed at the results. Maybe we have really good alternatives until 400 Ektar comes along...

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    As I said I have a freezer full of UC 400 to use when I want the color saturation. When I have exhausted that there are other films that I could use now or even better ones in the future from our yellow box and green box friends.

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    I'd prefer they used the new technology to come out with a new Ektar 25...
    Grand Teton National Park, Kodak Ektar 25, 120 format, expired 1992, shot May, 2009.

    Linky to 1000pixel version

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    I guess the future Ektar films will depend on how well the existing range sell, and if Kodak think It's worth their while spending the money on the R&D on extending the available range.
    Last edited by benjiboy; 06-14-2009 at 05:38 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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