Kodachrome film, yes, is gone, forever. Unless you want to shoot it in black and white, and go through all kinds of voodoo to have that processed, this film is gone, forever. And is not coming back. I had the pleasure of shooting 2 rolls of it, as I am a true latecomer to film photography. Yes, it is sad. However…..
Kodak makes Ektar 100, which is likely the finest color negative film on the planet made today. Rather than to lament Kodachrome’s demise, I scooped up boxes and boxes of Ektar a few weeks ago, in 35mm and 120mm roll film. This past weekend, I blasted several rolls through the Argus C3, the newly arrived Argus Matchmatic, and my go-to 35mm camera, a mint condition Nikon FE-2.
Last summer, I shot my 1st roll of Ektar, on the Hasselblad, in 120 medium format. A sample is above. The film is nothing less than spectacular. Colors are crisp and vivid. For those digital shooters still obsessed with sharpness, and still mistaking “tack sharp” with a good photograph, they might be happy as well. The film scans beautifully. I think the shot above is a great example.
Try Ektar. Rather than to stop shooting color film because Kodachrome is gone, try a roll of Extar. No, it does not push or pull well. Shoot at box speed, which is ASA/ISO 100. You don’t have much latitude. And, don’t be afraid to try it for skin tones. I took some amazingly beautiful color portraits of my son last summer. Don’t believe the zealots. It is beautiful film for people as well.
My only complaint is, I wish they offered it in a slower ASA/ISO. When you are blasting it in a vintage camera, such as the Argus C3, or Matchmatic, you are limited by a shutter with a top speed of 1/300th of a second, once you free the shutter with Ronsonol. It will be initially stuck., by default. But, the obsession film shooters had with “faster” films have almost retired the slower ASA/ISO’s. It is what it is- 100 speed.
Buy Ektar. Shoot Ektar. Love Ektar.