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Kodak E100G

Kodak Ektachrome E100G. You can get it at Adorama. It helps me keep adding to this site when you get yours through these links, thanks! Ken.


May 2009



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I personally buy from Adorama, Amazon, Ritz, B&H, Calumet and J&R.

I tried a sample roll of Kodak Ektachrome 100G (ISO 100).

It's a nice, natural film.

Unlike the Fuji Velvia 50 I usually shoot, Kodak E100G has far more natural colors. Velvia is wild, while for people I found E100G for more pleasant. Velvia has never been for people photos.

My biggest whine is that it's a bit too yellow for my taste. I love warm (amber), but I'm seeing too much green and yellow in the highlights for my taste.

Film always has grain. I never worry about grain, since if I want less grain I shoot larger formats, or better, shoot a digital SLR, which has no grain at any reasonable ISO.

I was struck that E100G seems to have finer grain than Velvia 50. That would make sense, since Velvia is all about color, not fine grain. Kodak is always talking about grain, which is too bad, because color is more important than grain.

E100G isn't sharper than Velvia 50. Nothing is sharper than Velvia 50, since Velvia has spectacular resolving power, peaked MTF that actually increases the level of very fine detail, more grain and more contrast, all which make Velvia 50 look sharper than anything.

When scanned by NCPS at the same time I had my film processed, even though E100G has much less contrast than Velvia 50, the resulting scans still have much darker shadows than the slides as seen on a light table. That's not NCPS; that's what scanning does.

I only shot one roll, and I think I may have seen a very slightly green cast relative to the Velvia I usually shoot.

I prefer Fuji film since I prefer wild colors, and long-term (20 years +) stability is critical to me. Fuji's E-6(slide) films have always bested Kodak's Ektachromes.

Ignoring that, I'd have no problems suggesting Kodak Ektachrome E100G for anyone making photos of people or who needs relatively neutral colors.

I prefer the wild colors of Velvia. E100G is very muted by comparison. You can get strong colors on E100G, but you have to point your camera at something colorful to start.

E100G gives a much more natural rendition of brilliant red-magenta Bougainvillea, while Velvia goes nuts and changes the color.


bougainvillea on Kodak E100G Ektachrome

Bougainvillea under overcast skies. Zeiss Ikon, Kodak E100G, Leica 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON ASPH, f/4 at 1/30, 0.75 meters. NCPS process and scan, shown exactly as scanned.


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No Parking. enlarge. Zeiss Ikon, Kodak E100G, Leica 35mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX ASPH, f/11 at 1/60, overcast light. NCPS process and scan, shown exactly as scanned.


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