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2020 kodak ektar review

ANALOGUE: Kodak Ektar 100 35mm


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


Low grain

High saturation

High contast

Kodak Ektar 100 review
Kodak Ektar 100 review
Kodak Ektar 100 skin
Kodak Ektar film
Kodak Ektar 100 landscape

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


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