Travelling through Scotland Part 2: Isle of Skye and London with Kodak Vision 3 250D Film (120)

Travelling through Scotland Part 2: Isle of Skye and London with Kodak Vision 3 250D Film (120)

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Travelling through Scotland Part 2: Isle of Skye and London with Kodak Vision 3 250D Film (120)

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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye

During my recent trip to Scotland, I brought some Kodak 250D film from Reflx Lab in the 120 format. As a film enthusiast, I carefully selected two locations to shoot with this film: the Isle of Skye in Scotland and later on, London. If you’re not familiar with this film, I highly recommend checking out my previous Kodak Vision 3 5207 250D film review for more details. It’s important to note that the Kodak 250D film is processed using the ECN-2 method, so be sure to find a local lab that can handle this process. If you’re interested in trying out this versatile film, I’ve included a link below for you to purchase it. In this blog post, I’ll share my experiences shooting with the Kodak 250D film and the moments I captured during my Scotland trip using my gigantic Pentax 67II camera and a 90mm lens.

In terms of the film’s technical aspects, Kodak Vision 3 5207 is a medium-speed daylight-balanced film known for its fine grain structure, excellent tonality, and wide dynamic range. Additionally, the film employs Advanced Dye Layering Technology (DLT) to reduce grain appearance in shadows, ensuring cleaner detailing and clarity. As a member of the VISION3 series of motion picture films, this film boasts high archival stability and is well-suited for digital post-production processes. Notably, masterpieces like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk were shot using this exact IMAX film format.

When it comes to resolution, Kodak Vision3 films exhibit finer grain when developed in ECN2 chemicals, compared to the best C41 films. In my experience, shooting with this film at box speed (ISO 250) yields optimal results. The film is also versatile enough to be pushed one stop. Furthermore, since it is designed for directors to post-edit, the initial look you receive from the lab might appear somewhat pale and less contrasted than other C41 processed films, such as Kodak Ektar or Portra film.

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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, London

One of the reasons I chose the Kodak 250D film for this trip was its well-rounded characteristics with temperature value at 5,500k which is great to use during normal daylight. Typically, my go-to film is Kodak Portra 400, considering the limited aperture options of medium format cameras like f/2.8 or f/4. However, with an ISO of 250, the Kodak 250D provided me with a well-balanced shutter speed for outdoor shots on both sunny and overcast days in Scotland and London.

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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, London
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, London

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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye

The overall mood captured by the film was pleasant, offering a balanced representation of skintones and atmospheric conditions. Additionally, the film exhibited vibrant and sharp colors, particularly noticeable in shades of green and red. This added a touch of liveliness to my photographs, enhancing the visual impact of the scenes I captured. And I tried to find places to capture the signature phone booth in Scotland but most of the time I was driving. This time I stopped and took my camera from the back of my SUV and captured it.

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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, Isle of Skye
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, London

One of my favorite photos from this trip was taken in London, featuring the owner, Edward Sahakian, standing in front of his shop, Davidoff London. The Kodak 250D film beautifully rendered the skintone of Mr. Sahakian with a great amount of details on his well tailored suit, while maintaining a harmonious atmosphere in the image. The vibrant colors of the shop’s surroundings were also accurately reproduced, adding to the overall appeal of the photograph.

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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, London
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Reflx Lab 250D, Pentax 67II, London

It was surprisingly good and it is hard to find anywhere else for this film in 120 format, luckily Reflx Lab is respooling the 250D in medium format but the only thing I missed is trying this film on a perfect sunny day. I love using Kodak 250D in 135 format, now giving me one more option to choose from. The film’s versatility, combined with the medium format capabilities of my Pentax 67II camera, allowed me to capture the essence of each location I visited. Whether it was the breathtaking landscapes of Isle of Skye or the bustling streets of London, the Kodak 250D film delivered consistent results with its balanced tone and vibrant colors. If you’re looking for a film that performs well in various lighting conditions and brings your images to life, I highly recommend giving the Kodak 250D a try.

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Reflx Lab 50D (120)
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Reflx Lab 250D (120)
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Reflx Lab 500T (120)

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