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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
    I don’t think that Kodak ever aimed Ektar 25 at the mass market, but they did target the amateur and professionals.
    Dave,
    I think it was the same case as with Kodachrome 25. Of course have both films been amateur and professional products, but a considerable amount was shot by consumers with higher quality claims. These films have been standard films in the past. But they became special purpose films in the end - for amateurs and pros as well. However, this does not necessarily imply a discontinuation. I believe the problem is that Kodak always wanted to be a mass producer.

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    I used to feel that Kodachrome 25 was the only color film I really liked, but then I realized as I moved up in format, other films that I didn't particularly like in 35mm became more attractive. ISO 25 films often require a tripod and aren't usually fast enough for subjects like wildlife requiring very long lenses that are only practical with 35mm, so in situations where I might be able to use such a film, there's no downside to using a bigger camera.

    If you want fine grain, rich tonality, and high resolution in a color negative film, consider moving up to 6x7, and a film like Portra 160NC in medium format will end your nostalgia for Ektar 25.
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    Portra 160NC is my current favorite in 120 roll and LF. My head to head comparisons between 120 Fuji Reala and Portra give a definite edge to the Portra 160NC . However, in 120 roll, Konica Impressa 50 is still sharper and finer grained (but very unforgiving).
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    Farewell, Sweet 25

    Quote Originally Posted by Thilo Schmid
    In our context, of course. But obviously, we do not count - as Maket Force
    I, too, miss Ektar 25. Yes, it was primarily only good for outdoor shots in good sun, but man! what results you could get. I shot my first roll of it in the Grand Canyon and enlarged a shot for my father (who was a teacher at the time) to 20x30" and I am willing to swear that I saw no difference in the grain between that and a 3x5. It was just as clear and crisp, and full of color!

    Kodak has a reputation (I would say) of coming out with outstanding products and then dumping them just when you get used to them, because Kodak was after the almighty $ and let the customer fend for themselves. As Thilo said...
    I believe the problem is that Kodak always wanted to be a mass producer.
    I've seen this happen time and again. I've been a loyal Kodak customer ever since I was a tiny tot with my first camera (a Kodak -126, I believe) and I finally went digital this past year. And not with a Kodak camera.

    Oh, I still keep a couple of 35s around, for weddings and such, but mostly I shoot digital now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson
    Portra 160NC is my current favorite in 120 roll and LF.
    Great in 35 mm, too.

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    Since Ektar 25 and now Impressa 50 are now long gone, the next best thing are the new Pro 160 films from Fuji. Apparently the grain is RMS 3 for those which should come close to, if not beat, Ektar 25 in that area. Sharpness is still not quite as good though.

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    Sure, Fuji Velvia. 50 or 100
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    FYI. Ektar 25 was the most difficult film Kodak ever manufactured.

    That led to its early demise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
    FYI. Ektar 25 was the most difficult film Kodak ever manufactured.
    In what way? Just curious.....
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    Ektar 25 had one outstanding thing, it's ability for low light photography. It's reciprocity for long times without compensation was fantastic.

    I did many a night shot with that film.

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