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Today I enlarged 35mm negatives of Ektar 100 to 16x20 and I can now see the grain! It's still very small, but it's definitely there. It's now not a question of film resolution but lens sharpness. I just want to say that this film is amazing and I love it. I can now justify stocking up on $300 worth of supra endura.
 
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I have a few rolls in my freezer that I've been wanting to shoot for a while, but it's been all rainy and crappy for the last month and a half here (the only "good" days were days I was busy, which is my usual luck).

Hopefully i'll be able to burn through some Ektar soon :smile:
 
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My wonder now is about ektar 25...

I'm fairly sure that it's not better, or at least not that much better. The film had approximately the same level of grain AFAIK because 2 decades of improvements allowed them to gain 2 stops of speed with the same grain. If the old Ektar 25 was frozen that increases the grain too, so you're probably better off shooting fresh film.
 

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I have to admit, the reference to Ektar 25 threw me for a minute. Then I remembered that Kodak made such a thing. I seriously wish there were some slower color films out there (I like doing landscapes and still lifes), but it looks like 100 speed is about as good as it gets.
 
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I'm getting impatient waiting to shoot my Ektar. I've heard a lot of good things about it, and I want to see what all the fuss is about.

I'd like to see how big you have to enlarge to see the grain in medium format :smile:

Any idea if they're going to release it in sheet film any time soon? 4x5 sheets of it might be pretty cool, even if it's going to be a while before I muve up to large format :smile:
 
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(I like doing landscapes and still lifes), but it looks like 100 speed is about as good as it gets.

I said the same thing a while back and I guess the argument is if the speed can be made then why not? It's easy enough to use an ND filter but harder to gain speed if it's not there. If you want slow get some microfilm.

Any idea if they're going to release it in sheet film any time soon? 4x5 sheets of it might be pretty cool, even if it's going to be a while before I muve up to large format

I don't think so. They've got 160VC in 4x5 which is what I'm going to try out soon. Don't count on it though. It was hard enough to get it in 120.
 

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I've pulled C41 film 14 stops in developing when doing tests, but only added +10 stops to box speed exposure, but still got a reasonable image.
 

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That's interesting. I am yet to see an optical print from Ektar. I guess I need to shoot some and get some real prints made! The only Ektar I have shot has gone through a hybrid workflow setup.
 

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I've got a pack of five rolls of 120 but I haven't tried it yet because my Mamiya is having a CLA at the moment.
 
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