Kodak Ektachrome and Elite Chrome Gallery (35mm)

  2017 January 12    Galleries   Film

With the recent announcement that Kodak will be making Ektachrome again in 2017, I figured I'd post a gallery of some Ektachrome that I'd shot in the past.  Now, I'm not sure what subtype the "new Ektachrome" will be, but there were a few different types on the market. 

E200 was an ISO 200 slide film.  E100G was their general purpose, neutral-balanced professional slide film.  E100G could look a little cold at times;  I liked E100VS, which was the "Very Saturated" variety... what a great film.  E100VS was different from Velvia, slightly different color palette or something.  I think E100VS was better for sunsets than Velvia.

Let's not forget Kodak Elite Chrome 100, which was basically Ektachrome in consumer packaging.  It's difficult to overstate how good this film was.  This was the one that used to be commonly available in pharmacies and department stores.  I've read that Elite Chrome 100 was similar to Ektachrome 100 Plus, but I don't know because I never tried the 100 Plus.  There are different opinions on exactly which emulsion it was, but Elite Chrome was definitely an Ektachrome variant.  That is, Kodak didn't re-design a whole new film;  they used the basic Ektachrome platform.  Whatever they exactly did to it (if anything, besides new packaging), Elite Chrome 100 is still my favorite slide film. 

One thing that many people don't seem to realize is that Kodak was continually improving the Ektachrome line (including Elite Chrome).  The early Elite Chrome was kind of grainy.  The newer Elite Chrome was very fine-grained, and worthy of being purchased in quantity.  The height of Ektachrome and Elitechrome technology was from about 2008 to 2012.  If you didn't shoot Ektachrome or Elite Chrome during those years, 2017 should bring that type of quality back to the market once again.  This is historic.

My hope for Ektachrome is that they go with a somewhat warm color balance and saturation, avoiding the overly-cool appearance of some slide films.  If they could make it similar to Elite Chrome 100 as it existed circa 2011, they'd have a winner.  Somewhere I have rolls of E100G-- or I used to-- that I never bothered to shoot, because Elite Chrome 100 was perfect.  That, and E100VS / EBX100.

You can get expired rolls of E100VS and other stuff on Ebay.  Right now I would probably shoot Fujichrome Velvia or Kodak Ektar until they release the new Ektachrome.  (Ektar is a great film, but it's not a slide film.)  The expired Kodak slide films have gotten kind of expensive due to their scarcity.  Then again, if you have never shot a roll of Kodak E100VS, go for it.  Look for film that was cold-stored. 

I hope you enjoy this gallery. 

Speed Graphic On Tripod

Kodak Ektachrome 100VS
August 2012

E100VS was never available in 4x5, as far as I know.  This photo here is a 35mm slide.

If you shoot 4x5, you can still get Provia in that format, and sometimes Velvia.  I hope somebody continues to make a 4x5 color transparency film well into the future. 

Here you can see that E100VS saturates blue in the shadows.  E100VS can make grey clouds look more interesting, as well, for that reason.  They look sort of blue-grey.  Velvia does something like that, too, but in a different way.  More violet or something. 

When Ektachrome went off the market in 2012, it felt as though photography just wasn't complete.

Maple Leaves On Kodak E200

Kodak Ektachrome E200
October 2015

Exact colors of slide film are difficult to describe.  It seems to me that E200 has the blue saturation toned down slightly compared to E100VS, Velvia, and Elite Chrome.  But sometimes, the blue sky looks almost perfect;  I think it does here.  I compared to the original slide, just to make sure the scan was accurate;  looks pretty good on my screen.

And The Great Dragon Was Cast Out

Kodak Elite Chrome 100

Kodak Elite Chrome was a consumer version of Ektachrome.  Which exact Ektachrome I don't know for sure, but in my opinion it was the best all-around slide film.  It was sold in pharmacies and grocery stores (the way it should be).

Elite Chrome was not always this saturated, but when the light was just right, you'd get pictures like this.  What a great film.  I don't think there's enough Elite Chrome in the world.  Yes, I know I keep saying how much I like this film. 

Rusty Cabinet

Kodak Ektachrome E200
October 2015

Unlike the maple leaves one, I don't have this slide handy at the moment, but I think this scan was also a close match to the actual slide.  The color differences between various slide emulsions can be extremely subtle.  It's amazing how much this can affect our perception of the overall colors, though. 

A Question of Angular Diameter, 2012 A.D.

Kodak Ektachrome 100VS
October 2012

This one shows the intense reds and oranges of E100VS.  I really like 100VS for red sunsets like this.  Kodak, this is why you have to make Ektachrome again.  (And hopefully it'll have this kind of saturation, like E100VS.)

That bright object in the sky, above the sun:  what is it?  I never bothered to check with a stellarium, but I'm going to assume it's the planet Venus.  (Too early in the evening to be Jupiter, I think?)

Silvology and Silvery Bark

Kodak Elite Chrome 100

This photo shows how Elite Chrome 100 was colorful yet not garish.  It managed to be matter-of-fact without looking cold, and on the same roll you could have pictures that were bursting with color.  That's why it was my go-to slide film.  I wish I knew for certain which Ektachrome emulsion it was, but whatever it was, it would be a good one to emulate when they make the new Ektachrome.

Overall, I liked E100G and E200 a lot, and even more I liked E100VS.  Another idea, which I haven't tried yet, is to get some rolls of this film.  It's another type of Ektachrome.  It seems to be reasonably priced, compared to some of the expired film prices you'll see out there.  Give it a try. 

Until the new Ektachrome hits the shelves, and even afterward, try the great Fujichrome Velvia as well.  There's also Provia if you like a more neutral or "realistic" slide film.  It's all good, though.

Slide film is still one of the greatest photographic inventions of all time.  It's something that every photographer should be able to experience. 

Thanks again for reading!

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