Could not resist: another roll of Ektar 25 in the Rolleiflex in N. Mississippi

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Kodachromeguy

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Hi Everyone,
My wife and I took a long road trip through north Mississippi. I had with me one of my few remaining rolls of Kodak Ektar 25, about 20 years old but frozen all these years. I only try to use the Ektar in soft light or overcast days, when the colors really seem to come out. I exposed it at EI 20 in a Rolleiflex 3.5E with its 75mm f/3.5 Xenotar lens. This is my third Rolleiflex; the earlier 3.5E and 3.5F I should have never sold in 2010 when I thought digital would be so wonderful, but you all know that story!). Regardless, I think this current 3.5E has the best resolution of the three. Every part of the production chain worked out just right. In the examples below, look at the hose in the 1st frame. You can read the lettering (crop in the 2nd frame). All pictures were tripod-mounted.

The colors from the Ektar are a bit funky, but I like them, and they are not digital-looking. The Silverfast Ai software that I use on the scanner does not have a profile for the Ektar 25, so I use the profile for Ektar 100 instead. It may not be quite right, but, of course, the film is old, so there will never be a "perfect" profile.

The photographs below are from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Home of the Blues. It is worth a visit. Y'awl come on down.
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Gorgeous! Sad I never got to shoot it. I wish there was a slow speed color film on the market like this. I don't like the colors of Cinestill 50D when xpro'd in C-41.
 

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Very nice! Love the colors--I look for the same kind of stuff to shoot.
 
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Gorgeous! Sad I never got to shoot it. I wish there was a slow speed color film on the market like this. I don't like the colors of Cinestill 50D when xpro'd in C-41.
Thank you all for the kind words. Try Ektar 100. The current 100 is, I think, a different emulsion than Ektar 100/Gold 100 of a decade ago and is finer-grain. And really, in medium format size, grain will not be an issue.

Here are some examples of Ektar 100 from a 35mm camera. You see the grain but it subtle:
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Thank you all for the kind words. Try Ektar 100. The current 100 is, I think, a different emulsion than Ektar 100/Gold 100 of a decade ago and is finer-grain. And really, in medium format size, grain will not be an issue.

Thanks! Ektar 100 is probably my favorite film these days. In 4x5 it comes out incredibly stunning! Nothing like the greens and blues it makes.
 

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Agree, Clarksdale is a great place to visit, especially if you love the Blues. Here are some shots with Porta 400.
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