This is my Kodak Ektachrome Review. I was lucky enough to be chosen by Kodak as one of the photographers to shoot Kodak Ektachrome E100 Slide Film in 120 (medium format) prior to its relaunch. When they first chose me and sent me the film, I was undecided on what to shoot and researched what people shot with slide film and thought about shooting some landscapes and capturing scenic Hawaii locations. Then I thought, nope, I am going to shoot like me. And that is what I did. I used the slide film the way I would normally use Kodak Ektar on the people and locations I would normally shoot. And I was blown away by the results.
I love the clarity, the color, and the depth of the scans I received back from Kodak. The Kodak Ektachrome is like Ektar x 100.
I shot the Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film the same way I would normally shoot Kodak Ektar. I shot it at box speed (100 iso) and used a hand held light meter.
Slide film does not have much latitude with exposure. It is definitely not like regular color films like the Portras which can be overexposed.
I love the way the film picked up the bright colors of the sky and ocean when I shot with the sun behind me.
Kodak Ektar is a film I shoot often and I don’t overexpose that either. Basically I shot this slide film the way I would shoot Ektar and I had good results.
I shot Kodak Ektar alongside some of the Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film so I could compare the two films in the same condition. I will blog about that soon.
I also shot a roll of Ektachrome cross processed, the blog post with the cross-processed Kodak Ektachrome E100 images is here.
I love my scans from Kodak Ektachrome E100 in 120. I am honestly blown away by the color and clarity and resolution of the images.
How to Shoot Kodak Ektachrome 120 Slide Film
- Expose Properly
Rate the Kodak Ektachrome at box speed;– i.e. 100 iso
- Meter your Shot
Use a handheld meter to ensure you are getting accurate exposure;
- Choose a Subject
I like to shoot it on a sunny day with subjects that have bright colors;
- Use the Sunny 16 Rule
If you shoot with the sun behind you, you can also use the Sunny 16 exposure rule to expose.
- Meter for Shadows in Backlit Situations
If you shoot backlit (with the sun facing you or to the side), you can expose for the shadows using a handheld meter rated at 100 iso.
- Choose a Professional Lab
Send it to a professional lab that processes slide film (e-6 chemistry). Honestly, find a good lab might be the hardest part of the process for me. For the film above, Kodak processed the film and had it scanned by Prous Productions in Rochester, New York. I was super happy with the results.