This one is not difficult to like even with high expectations. No wonder Kodak’s Ektar is a favourite amongst film photographers. The secret to that is high contrast and saturated colour, traits that quickly capture anyone’s interest and curiosity.
True, Ektar does render fairer skins with a red hue but it doesn't really affect the skin tone of south east Asians’. Grain is minimal and it is one of the many film that requires a healthy amount of sunlight to bring the best out of. It is a negative generously spared in my refrigerator.
Shot on Canon EOS 3 paired to a Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
Having Kodak’s other golden child in mind, Portra 160, Ektar’s attention grasping 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 is able to perform up to two stops of underexposure.
It is a 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