The Kodak Ektar adventure

Finally, I have convinced myself to try out the famous Kodak Ektar film, so I loaded a roll into my beloved Olympus OM 4 Ti. Unfortunately, the camera had other plans and the electronic circuits gave up at the middle of the roll.

In the end, I ended up rewinding the film and I loaded into the good old mechanical workhorse Yashica TL super. This process, however, leads to 2 consequences. Unsurprisingly I have got some nice double exposures, but most importantly I bought a bit worn Leica M2. At least I won’t have problems with the electronic parts of that camera.

I still haven’t given up the hope that the Olympus can be repaired at some point, but I generally lost my trust in these old electronic cameras.

The Ektar, on the other hand, is truly a gorgeous film which delivers everything that is written on its box. It is smooth, high resolution with fine grain and with rich deep colors and high contrast. My scanner is absolutely unable to extract all the possibilities of this film. I am very impressed by this film indeed, however, I find it not the best suited for portraits as it is too vivid. But it is only my impression based on less than a complete 36 frames roll so I might change my mind.

I am definitely going to experiment with the Ektar, but from now most likely with my “new” M2 and with a ZM Sonnar.


Joanneumsviertel , Olympus OM 4 Ti, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Olympus OM 4 Ti, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Olympus OM 4 Ti, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Olympus OM 4 Ti, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Facsemete-2 Facsemete-2 Olympus OM 4 Ti, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Yashica TL Super, Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 80mm f/ 1.8, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Yashica TL Super, Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/ 1.8, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Yashica TL Super, Yashinon 50mm f/1.7, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F
Yashica TL Super, Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 80mm f/ 1.8, Kodak Ektar 100. Canoscan 9900F

7 thoughts on “The Kodak Ektar adventure”

  1. Beautiful shot Gabor and once again: I really need to visit Graz again. Ektar is a great film and it has the advantage over Fuji’s chrome film that more labs will be able to process it. I’d shoot chrome all the time, but as I don’t have the time to process (and scan) myself I’ll have to switch to Ektar eventually. 😦

    And of course: Congratulations on the Leica and the Sonnar!

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    1. Hi and thanks. If you were around, just send me a message, we could have a coffee and a talk about cameras.

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      1. I’ll let you know! I have a lot of relatives to visit. You know you’re the main reason I got a Pentacon Six so talking cameras with you would certainly be fun.

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  2. Aww, I’m just jealous of your results from the Canoscan. I’m using the same model, but all my color negatives look less than stellar (noise, banding, etc.). Sad to know your OM punched out, I was looking after one – guess I’ll go for the less complicated OM-2 or the mechanical OM-1.

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    1. Hi,

      I was struggling with the Canoscan a lot as well. In fact I almost gave up on it as the factory software was such a disaster. What made it usable was Silverfast. I still think to get a new scanner some day, but this software certainly delayed the retirement of the old Canon.
      I I were you I would go with an OM-1 or OM-3 with full mechanical shutter. I may get one myself as well at some point as I really enjoyed the OM4.

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