Film Photography: Loving Kodak Ektar Lately

As the summer fades and my use of color film dwindles, I've been fickle regarding 100 speed film. The new Kodak Portra 400 has proven to be a solid lock for higher speed color film, but I've bounced around a bit when it comes to color negative film at 100 speed. I've shot dozens of rolls of Fuji Reala 100, which I love, but it sometimes lacks that punch I like from color film. Kodak Portra 160 hasn't wowed me as much as its big brother, so I've been shooting Reala 100, but always thinking I could use something I like better. Enter Kodak Ektar 100. Ektar is a fairly recent addition (2008) to the Kodak family, boasting "ISO 100 speed, high saturation and ultra-vivid color, EKTAR 100 offers the finest, smoothest grain of any color negative film available today." It's certainly punchier than Reala. It's decently priced, readily available no matter where I shop for film, and scans like a dream. I'm definitely warming to it. Here's a quick look at how it handles different colors in my experience.

No Parking, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kodak Ektar 100

Love Stories Suck, Nolita, Kodak Ektar 100

Vintage Schwinn Breeze, West Village, Kodak Ektar 100

Huxley Envelope Sign and Clouds, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kodak Ektar 100

Blus Sky and Plane, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kodak Ektar 100

Are you kidding me with that blue sky???

Fine Wines Signage, West Village, Kodka Ektar 100

Sea-Land, Red Hook, Brooklyn, Kodak Ektar 100

All images shot with Hasselblad 501cm and Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 lens and scanned with Epson V500 flatbed scanner.