This one is not difficult to like even with expectations, it is little wonder as to why Kodak’s Ektar is a favourite amongst film photographers. The secret to that is high contrast and saturated colour, something that quickly captures people’s interest and curiosity.
True, Ektar does render fairer skins with red hue but it doesn't really affect the skin tone of south east Asians’. Grain amount is minimal and it is one of the many film that requires a healthy amount of sunlight to bring the best out Ektar. It is a negative generously spared in my refrigerator.
Shot on Canon EOS 3 paired to a Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
Weighing Kodak’s other golden child, Portra 160, Ektar’s attention grasping vivid colours is hyperactive by comparison. What a photographer wishes to paint in a picture is easily portrayed through Ektar given how contrasty it is by nature. When light is not on your side, pictures will still turn out favourable with a hint of magenta. Despite constrained by slow speed, Ektar’s able to perform up to two stops of underexposure.
It is an incredibly low grain film but I personally wish for more as that will bring about more character in a photograph. Whenever slide film’s not available, Ektar 100 is where I would turn to.
Shot on Canon AE1-P paired to a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4