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    Ektar "reddish disease"?

    Hi guys,

    You will find attached two pictures which say it all about my problem: reddish areas on Ektar film (35 mm). These areas can be identified by visual inspection of the films so this is not a scanner issue. My 8 Ektar rolls have been processed at my very trusty local pro lab along with many other films (portra 160 NC and Superias) and all the other films were very fine.

    Last weekend, I exposed two more rolls of Ektar one atfer the other with the same camera setup and they were processed shortly after. One came out very fine and the other with the "reddish disease". These rolls were stored at the same place and they have never been exposed to X-ray scan (after purchase). From my point of view, the only difference between these two rolls is the lot number (5121-09/2011 for the bad one and 5111-09/2011 for the one that came out ok).

    Am I the only one infected with the "reddish disease"?

    Regards,

    JM
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    Dodgy development?

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    Fogged film? Light leak?

    At this point it is too hard to say it is the film.

    PE

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    Really looks like light leaks to me, FWIW
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Gray View Post
    Dodgy development?
    I do not think that the development is dodgy since all the non-ektar rolls came out ok. Now, when I shoot with ektar I always shoot with non-ektar film, for comparison purposes. The rolls are processed one after the other. The non-ektar film always comes out fine and the ektar exhibits reddish areas. Here is an example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    Really looks like light leaks to me, FWIW
    Light leaks ... it can be that. I use three different bodies (Canon 1v, Elan 7n, and Rebel Ti) with the same results. Maybe the light leak occurs somewhere between my camera and the lab, or at the lab ... but how come it is not a problem with all the non-ektar rolls?

    It may also be caused by:

    - bad lot
    - storage conditions before purchase
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    Take the same picture with both films. That is the best way to check this out. Your pictures in post #5 are too dissimilar to evaluate.

    PE

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    I have never had a problem with any Ektar that I've shot, whether it be 35mm, or 120. Maybe this emulsion is just more responsive to bad processing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Take the same picture with both films. That is the best way to check this out. Your pictures in post #5 are too dissimilar to evaluate.

    PE
    Thanks PE, this is exactly what I did today. I took the same pictures with an ektar and with a portra 160NC. I will keep you posted.

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    It's not the film. Light leak if you processed on reels.
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