Leica M7 with Kodak Ektar 100

I just scanned a Kodak Ektar 100 film I had shot on my vacations. It was the last roll of Ektar I had, and probably not going to buy another one (at least at 35mm format).

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1, B+W ND 0.9 filter, Kodak Ektar 100)

The Ektar 100 is a modern emulsion designed for scanning with vivid colors and very fine grain. I have shot some rolls but I have found out that it’s very difficult for me to get the color right. Neither Nikon Scan or Vuescan have a profile for this film, and for some reason I just can’t get the results I want from this film . I could mess with profiling the film myself, scan in negative and try ColorPerfect, but I really don’t want to go through all this trouble. The Portra 160VC has given me consistently great results and I would stick with it, but it has been discontinued.

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(Leica M7, Kodak Ektar 100)

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5, Kodak Ektar 100)

For my next color negative roll on the Leica M, I am shooting the new Portra 160 Professional, which has the vivid color and contrast of the 160VC, but it’s also a new emulsion designed for scanning, so I’ll see how things turn out. I will probably boost saturation and contrast in Lightroom, although I doubt I will be able to emulate the exact look of the 160VC.

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(Leica M7, Elmarit 28mm f/2.8, polarizer filter, Kodak Ektar 100)

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(Leica M7, Kodak Ektar 100)

So, this was my recent experience with Ektar 100. By all means, you should try this film yourself. My criticism is based solely upon my inability to scan it properly, and maybe at the future if I find the patience, I will give it one more try at 120 format. Until then, the Velvia 50 slide film remains for me a solid and proven choice for vivid color and contrasty look.

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