Kodak’s new Ektar 100 colour negative film – finest grain available

Written by Gary on May 10th, 2009

Film is not quite dead.

Kodak has announced a new colour negative film which will also be available in 120 film size as of April 2009 – the Kodak Ektar 100.

It is said to have ultra-vivid colour, exceptional sharpness, extraordinary enlargement capability and is ideal for scanning.

Recommended particularly for nature, travel and outdoor photography but also for fashion and product photography.

Will have to see how well it goes with my Bronica SQ system, Mamiya C330F TLR and my newest 120 film camera acquisition – an almost mint c1939 Carl Zeiss Ikon 521/16(B) 120 film camera:

Zeiss Ikon

This camera is really only useful for landscape shots (with sun behind you, or for creative flare shots) as you have to guess the focus distance for closer shots, accurate composition is not easy in that viewfinder, there is no flash sync, there is no coatings on the lens to reduce flare and the lens works best at f/8-16.

But it is a nice coat-pocketable 120 film camera which should take some nice shots and may be suitable for infrared work via a hand holdable Hoya R72 filter and manually adjusting the focus to suit.


5 Comments so far ↓

  1. In fact film is quite dead.
    There are of course people who uses old techinique, but all the rest already switched to the digital

  2. Hans Moleman says:

    ROFL…stupid poster…you probably think that photographic glass plates were dead in the 1990s, as well.

    I do not even know why I spend my time as a scientist to cure diseases for you ungrateful people.

    One day, I shall devote my efforts to germ warfare.

  3. don goldney says:

    I have just purchased one of the chinese Gaoersi 617 body with a shneider 90mm super angulon lens
    My question is about what film to use. Obviously landscape panoramics will be what i am using it for so i guess the kodak 120 extra would be good?
    what about for some night shots such as city scapes dawns and sun sets??
    Been a long time since i used film but am very excited about being back in the film side of things

  4. admin says:

    Hi Don, I don’t do a lot of film photography and film choice is very much an individual matter – that said, the Kodak Ektar is probably a good place to start 🙂

  5. don goldney says:

    thanks i am looking in that direction and will do some experimenting with the kodak