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    The thing I really like about Ektar100 is the range and contrast and of course the vibrant colors. It is easy to work with and even the quickie labs can process it.
    When I shoot it in my little "studio" I need a filter of some sort to correct the "white balance" so to speak. I set my digital to 3000 deg. and it works perfect. what suggestion could someone make for a color filter to use with Ektar100?
    Shooting Ektar outside is a piece of cake.
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    Again, back to the original question, I've used both and so far the advantages I can discern are:

    Grain
    Ektar 100 (especially in 120) is perfectly grain free, whereas there is a touch of grain left with 160VC. AFAIK, Portra 160 films have not been optimized for scanning the way Portra 400 have been. In 120, I would skip Portra 160 altogether, and would go for either Ektar 100 for saturation or 400NC for portraits. Even in 35mm, I would stick to Portra 400NC for portraits.

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    At least in Canada, Ektar 100 is nearly half the price of Portra films, and half the price of Ektachrome 100VS.

    Colours
    While E100VS is more fun to look at, it does not scan as nicely as Ektar. Between Portra 160VC and E100VS, the latter is a bit warmer, so it has some impact on the blues. Concerning Ektar 100: well, I don't have a shot taken in the same setting at the other two, but at any rate it seems rather neutral.

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    Overall, for scan or print, for now I would go with Ektar 100. I do like the look of E100VS, and it's gorgeous to look at, but for now I can only dream of projecting it.

    A note on the shots: the Portra 160 were taken around 5AM-6AM, so obviously the light was awesome, a touch golden, the setting gorgeous (Île d'Orléans, near Québec city) whereas the Ektar 100 shots were taken around noon in an alley in Montréal... Camera was a Mamiya C330, using either the 55mm, the 105mm DS, or the 180mm Super.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    The thing I really like about Ektar100 is the range and contrast and of course the vibrant colors. It is easy to work with and even the quickie labs can process it.
    When I shoot it in my little "studio" I need a filter of some sort to correct the "white balance" so to speak. I set my digital to 3000 deg. and it works perfect. what suggestion could someone make for a color filter to use with Ektar100?
    Shooting Ektar outside is a piece of cake.
    Try an 80A or a KB20 filter. These are for shooting daylight film under lower wattage tungsten lamps. An 80B is a bit weaker, but might get you there as well.

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    I have a couple questions for folks who have printed digitally with both Ektar and the Portra films:

    1) According to Kodak, Ektar theoretically has less exposure latitude than the Portras (-1 to +2 stops, versus -2 to +3). How noticeable is this difference in real world situations when scanning?

    2) I've always been told by digital labs (in the pre-Ektar era) that color saturation differences among color negative films make little difference when digitally printing, as the digital printmaker ultimately adjusts color to taste anyway, and any minor saturation differences between emulsions gets lost in the shuffle. Is this also true with Ektar, or does the additional saturation make a difference?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Leppanen View Post
    I have a couple questions for folks who have printed digitally with both Ektar and the Portra films:

    1) According to Kodak, Ektar theoretically has less exposure latitude than the Portras (-1 to +2 stops, versus -2 to +3). How noticeable is this difference in real world situations when scanning?
    It's a little noticable. Ektar is a bit higher contrast and it does show in a loss of shadow detail vs Portra.

    2) I've always been told by digital labs (in the pre-Ektar era) that color saturation differences among color negative films make little difference when digitally printing, as the digital printmaker ultimately adjusts color to taste anyway, and any minor saturation differences between emulsions gets lost in the shuffle. Is this also true with Ektar, or does the additional saturation make a difference?

    Thanks!
    Colour saturation differences are quite noticeable with colour negative film. You can compensate somewhat via post processing, but the differences are still there. IMHO, Ektar ends up looking a lot like E100VS if you can keep the sky's exposure down, it will go Cyan if the sky gets enough exposure to get rather light, but not quite blown.

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