I had three great events recently. The first was that my son turned 1 (his party is this weekend), the next is that I finally had a real chance to use my tripod and finally I also got to try out Kodak Ektar 100 film. Since this is a blog about photography I’ll concentrate on that part. The tripod is working great. I love the rc2 quick release system. It is nice and secure and it operates quickly. The Ektar film is also nice, though I’ve noticed it does not tolerate over exposure well at all. Since I was shooting snowy scenes I was exposing around 1 1/2-2 stops over what the meter was telling me so that the snow actually came out white. Its possible/probably that my camera’s meter is a bit off as it is, but 1 1/2-2 stops was definitely to much for the Ektar film. Next time I think I need to keep it 1/2-1 stop over as the snowy areas were just to dense for my scanner the handle and every time I would compensate enough to get every last bit of detail shadow areas would then become noisy (as in color noise, not grain, and hideous looking) and the highlights would be grain central. I figured out a scanning technique to compensate, but there is still some lack of detail in the snow…so next time I’ll bring back the exposure compensation a bit for Ektar film. Reala and Superia seem to handle this over exposure well though.
The Ektar film is gorgeous though. The grain really is quite low and the resolution is very nice. The saturation is lovely. None of these pictures has had the saturation changed at all…in fact other then a slight bit of USM to sharpen the picture a hair nothing else was done to these pictures other then a hair of vignette reduction on one or two (wide aperture on a 50mm lens with white skies leads to obvious vignetting even when it is only maybe a stop of vignetting or a little less).
Anyway, this is the first round of pictures. I have to rescan some I did last night and continue scanning through the roll. Unlike a typical roll where there are 3-6 pictures I really like, I like about 25 out of the 37 on the roll, so it is going to take awhile to scan all of them.
Zuiko 50mm f/1.4
Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (210mm)
Tamron 28mm f/2.5
Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 Tamron 28mm f/2.5