The Return of Ektachrome (A Gallery)

  2018 December 12    Galleries   Film



In another gallery I put together a few pictures taken with Ektachrome and Elite Chrome.  It was in anticipation of Kodak re-introducing Ektachrome to the market.

In 2018, the new Ektachrome is here!!!

So here are a few pictures taken with it.  I'll be adding to this page, or creating another one, whenever;  I have more photos to scan.







Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


A breezy autumn day;  this required a faster shutter speed, thus a wider aperture and less depth-of-field.







Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


Nearly-monochromatic slides can be difficult to scan, but this one looks fairly close to the actual slide.







Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


A good slide film adds something to an otherwise-drab, snowy or cloudy day.  The new Ektachrome delivers.  It does this without saturating the colors too much.  It's not flat-neutral like digital, though.









Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


Here were some metal scraps for de-burring and then welding practice.

The new Ektachrome renders the colors very well here;  it definitely has that slide-film look.  In fact it reminds me a lot of Elite Chrome 100, which was an excellent slide film.  Actually, that's even sort of an understatement.  I've said before on this site that Elite Chrome 100 was one of the best all-around slide films ever made.  (Yes, I know it was a consumer film.) 

So, anything that could take the place of Elite Chrome 100 would be equally awesome.  And so far, it looks like it is.

There was just the slightest hint of sunlight in the cloudy sky, so it gives just enough warmth here.







Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


One of those peculiar days when the sky lighting is kind of unusual, and the feel of the whole day is just a little different, and I need a picture of that.  With slide film.









Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


This is one of these scenes where you're better off capturing the sky as a color, rather than brightening it and losing the effect.  The real sky was not bright here;  it was colorful, but the slide film amps up that color a bit. 

The orange clouds look about right, compared to what was actually there. 








Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


The gray mill-scale takes on a pleasing hue in this picture:  once again, exactly what we expect from a slide film.  The lighting on a day like this may seem kind of nondescript to our eyes, but the film seems to amplify certain colors.  So you get these nice color effects.






Kodak Ektachrome E100
November 2018


This year it was a little tougher to find brightly-colored foliage and deep blue sky together on the same day.  This was actually one of the "benchmark" scenes I was looking for, even though it's a highly informal test.  But I consider it an important one. 

This was metered on the sky ("Zone 5"), which intensifies the blue, but it's also going to put everything that's darker than the sky into Zones 4 and below (shadows).  That is what I intended here, because putting the sky above Zone 5 would not achieve the maximum saturation. 

Everything about this scene looks just the way I would hope and expect. 

So, we have a winner here.




Since Elite Chrome and Ektachrome had been discontinued around 2012, it seemed like photography would never be the same again.  Thanks to Kodak, we have this great film back on the market.  I can see this becoming the go-to slide film.

The fact that they made a slide film this good, and similar enough to the original Ektachrome and Elite Chrome, is actually quite an achievement.  The original ones were made with ingredients that had become no longer available.  Kodak must have had to do some intensive engineering work on this one.  It looks like whatever they did, it worked!

The new E100 is supposed to be similar to the original Ektachrome E100G, introduced in 2003.  And from what I understand, Elite Chrome 100 was actually the consumer grade of E100G.  So that may be why this film reminds me so much of Elite Chrome 100, the exact thing I hoped for when I heard Kodak was going to bring back Ektachrome.

It's one thing for a long-standing company to offer a film, and be vague about whether they're actually going to keep offering it.  But when you see a company like this build up a new slide film, you know they're dedicated.  Thank you, Kodak.


Thanks again for reading!





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