Kodak Ektar 100 Overview: Ektar 100 is a bold and colorful film, perfect for bright sun. It is best rated at box speed and metered for the mid tones. With too much overexposure, you’ll see a red color shift in Caucasian skin tones. Ektar handles pushing well for some extra bold colors, especially if you are not contending with skin tones. Find it on Amazon here: Kodak Ektar 100 in 35mm and Kodak Ektar 100 in 120mm
Kodak Ektar 100 Film Review by Melissa Summers
This is my first year of really diving into film, so I have been experimenting with a lot of different stocks. Kodak Ektar 100 has been one of my favorites. I love the clarity and punchy colors that come alive on Ektar.
At first I was a bit hesitant. As a digital shooter, I feared using a film in bright sunlight. I was used to waiting for overcast days and nice spots of open shade. While Ektar will allow you to shoot in those situations, I find that some of the best results for color come right out in the bright sunshine. My first try with Ektar was over the summer on a trip to the beach:
What To Expect From Ektar 100
I consider Ektar to be my “going on an adventure” film because of the bright colors and playful style that Ektar lends to my photos. My primary use for this film is documenting weekend outings. These are usually local expeditions near my home, but I occasionally make a trip to a nearby city or countryside to capture some architecture or still life.
How To Meter And Shoot Ektar 100
The absolute best results with Ektar typically come from setting the ISO/ASA at 100 (box speed) and developing normally. Skin tones can be tricky with Ektar and under these conditions the film must be evenly metered to get the tones right or else you will get reddish look on the skin. I shoot 35mm film with a Nikon F100, and I use the internal spot meter to make sure it is balanced or just slightly overexposed. I have had good results over exposing as long as it is not a face/portrait.
I have also been experimenting with rating Ektar at 400 and push +2 stops in developing. The results are some amazing colors plus some fun contrast:
Where Ektar 100 Struggles
Ektar often struggle indoors, so, in these winter months, if I have Ektar loaded in my camera, I don’t get to shoot indoors much. I don’t strive for a light and airy feel, but if I did, Ektar might not be the right choice. My style is fun, a little bit quirky, and colorful, so Ektar is perfect for me.
Thank you so much, Melissa! You can find more of Melissa’s work on Instagram. If you have questions about Kodak Ektar 100 film, leave them below in the comments!