Tag: Kodak

Seville City Scanner 001

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Country: Spain
City: Sevilla
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

This is the second city that I have visited in Spain. It is quite different from Barcelona and somehow I like this place more than that. Photos were taken during the first day when I arrived in the city. I quickly grabbed my camera and rushed to Plaza de Espana and the sunset in there was beautiful after that I walked along the river side and try to capture something interesting.

 

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Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

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Motion picture black and white film?

Most of you must have already been using motion picture colour negative film such as CineStill 50D, CineStill 800T…etc. Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X is Kodak’s legendary 35mm black and white cine film available for use in 35mm camera. Films such as Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000) and Casino Royale (2006) have used Double-X to evoke strong emotions like only black-and-white can do.

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Name: Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

ISO: 200 (Tungsten), 250 (Daylight)

Film type: Black and white

Character: Medium contrast with medium grain structure

 

Wide greyscale and sharpness 

Double-X has the subtleties in tone scale with a scratch-resistant backing layer. It also has a great depth of field without increased illumination. With its stunning tones and dynamic range, any developer in the market could have it developed nicely and resulted in good sharpness. Comparing the Eastman Double-X with Kodak Tri-X, the later one gives you a relatively harder sharpness. If you like softer tone and use with vintage Leica glass, then Double-X for sure is something that you are looking for.

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Superb dynamic range and Fine grain

It has very long density range and with medium contrast for movie making. When you use the film in high contrast environments, highlights and shadows are kept in great details. I have developed some of them in Kodak HC-110 (B) before and resulted in low contrast. Some online forum suggested that using Kodak D76 developer is the perfect match! Eastman Double-X is mainly for movie making and the grain is much finer than Kodak Tri-X and I think the grain intensity is between Ilford HP5 and Delta 400.

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Comparing Double-X with other black and white film

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

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Black and white, BW, B&W, film, analog, snap, snapshot, night tone, smooth, self develop, HC-110, ilford HP5, HP5, iso400, pushed 2 stops, 1600, iso 1600, 黑白, 黑白攝影, 菲林黑白, 新手, beginner guide, ilford DDX, Kodak, Eastman, 5222, motion picture, cinefilm, cine, double-x, doublex, XX, double x, what black and white film to shoot with, other brand, try film, test film
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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Double-X is flexible to be pushed up to ISO800 and usually I rate it at ISO 400 for street snaps in daylight. At ISO 400, aperture step down, compose and shoot! It gives you autonomy to use at different ISO speed in different circumstances and it ease the pain to consider which film to bring for your own trip.

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What lenses did I use?

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2 asph

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58 v1

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Kodak Ektar 100

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Kodak Ektar 100

Introducing you to another essential film manufactured by Kodak – Ektar 100 – which is still available in the market. This film is well known for its vibrant colour and its e fine grain.

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ISO: 100

Film type: Colour negative

Character: Vivid colour, fair dynamic range and high sharpness

 

Summary/Overview

Ektar 100 must not be a stranger to any film shooters; whether you are a specialist in street photography, landscape or portrait, you would love its extremely fine grain at ISO 100, and it goes perfectly well with old lenses or aspherical lenses.

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Colour and Sharpness

Ektar 100 is a daylight balanced film, making it good at capturing exceptional saturation and vivid colours even at times when there is no strong sunlight. These characteristics allow Ektar 100 to stand out over films like Portra 400 (Fujifilm RDPIII ) or slide films (RVP100) which would give you greyish results instead.

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With this exact reason, this is always one of my “must bring” films when I go travelling, in particular to places like Europe or South East Asia, home to some of the world’s most beautiful and colourful temples and architectures.

When you pair this film with Leica lenses, the colour red and blue tend to pop out stronger than others, and are also naturally sharper. However at a few occasions when I had the exposure 1/3 or 2/3 stop lower, there was a shade of purple tint at the dark areas.

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Grain

Ektar 100 has outstanding fine grain structure, while other film types with low-ISO speed, such as Portra 160 and Fujifilm ISO100, have relatively higher grain structure than Ektar 100. So you can easily get a really nice result if you print it out.

Tips (Pushing the film?)

Despite all of the benefits with this film, the one thing I strongly recommend you not to do is to push the film to ISO 400 because  this will cause the purple tint to appear at dark areas, making it to look as if it has added this Lomography filter, and also the image will be in higher contrast with saturated colours. You can take a look at the pictures below shot with Leica M2 and Summilux 35mm f1.4 asph FLE 11663 at the Pettah Market in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The film was shot 2 stops faster, set at ISO 400 (I was shooting other films at ISO 400 and forgot to switch the meter to ISO 100).

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All sample pictures are taken with the following gears:

  1. Hasselblad Xpan I
  2. Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1 8elements
  3. Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 pre-asph v2 infinity lock
  4. Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 asph FLE 11663
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Kodak Super Gold 400 (Japan Ver.)

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Kodak Supergold 400 (Japan Version)

This is my first ever contribution of a film review post on this blog and I’d want to dedicate this special piece to a very unique analog film which unfortunately had been discounted by Kotack last November.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Warm tone, good dynamic range and gives off natural colour

 

I am sure every photographer is set on a journey to search for the “right film” to shoot at different occasions, and to no surprise, I have been doing so for my street photography work in the past 7 years. During my holiday at Tokyo last year, I was finally able to visit Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, Japan, and got hold of a pack of Supergold 400 film .

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Tone and Sharpness

It inherited the classic warm tone from the Kodak series and compared with its existing line-up, I would say its tone is somewhere  between Kodak Portra 400 and Ektar 100. Portra 400 has really nice skin tone for portraits but the colours are too pale for landscape or documentary; for Ektar 100, the colours are so nice and eye-catching but the shadow part (darker areas) are prone to purple tints if you use it under a low light environment. Supergold 400 gives the right balance of colours, it also shows good details at dark areas and the overall mood is good for street shots in South East Asia. The only thing that I would pick on is its relatively high colour sharpness.

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Grain

I used this film during my trips to Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and both results have really surprised me. The tone was exactly what I had been looking for, and though the sharpness and grain were not as fine and sharp as the Kodak Ektar 100, the grain was still acceptable (not too grainy) and it had better resolution than Kodak Ultramax 400.

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Having tried a good variety of negative films in the market, I felt like I have finally found my “true love” for daily snapshots. However the sad news was, I soon found out that the film had been discontinued, leaving me totally devastated as I have to go through this search and testing journey all over again. Despite this slight emotional ride, I am still a true believer that any passionate photographer should aim at trying as many films as they could in order to really identify what is actually right for them. So for now, I tend to mostly go for Ektar 100, Fuji Superia Premium 400 and Portra 400 as alternatives. (Simply because I thought this is one of the low graded film and ignored it).

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In case you are interested, I have indicated which lens I used in particular in the photo caption, and for those who wonder why I picked Supergold 400, the reason is simple: the vibrant colours that this film gives off are always a true reflection of the actual subject we shoot.

  1. Summilux 35mm f1.4 asph FLE 11663
  2. Summilux 35mm f1.4 pre-asph v2 infinity lock (made in canada)

 

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