Canada day, the Canon A-E1 and Kodak Gold 200. A combo of consumer gear and consumer film. Each roll I shoot and review I am amazed at the ability of film to handle highlights. I used the Epson V600 to scan this roll and as I have read from others this scanner has a bit of trouble with 35mm film leaving a significant amount of noise (Not Grain) in the digital files. These scans are totally acceptable for the web but if I were to take them to print I would definitely have them professionally scanned. Kodak Gold is a great casual shooting film with fairly fine grain and decent daylight colors, I'm going to call it the poor man's PORTRA. Take a look at the images below and leave your comments below I would love to hear from you.
I am 2 rolls into my film project and the second roll in my series is Kodak Ektar 100. Ektar is an interesting film as the box states it has a beautiful fine grain appearance to it and seems to manage the highlights quite well. I shot a variety of scenes and got varying results. I found that when shooting portraits of light-skinned subjects the results were quite pleasing while darker toned people's skin tones were quite reddish and needed to be toned down in post. Where this film seemed to shine was in the colorful car photos below. After two rolls with the Canon A-E1 I can see a consistent problem with it. this camera was truly designed to be a consumer level camera as the results created by the cheap 50mm f1.8 lens are nothing but mediocre. Coming up soon I have something special as I recently received a tonne of expired Kodak Ektachrome. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to see what this 20 plus year old color slide film looks like.
Recently I started a personal project shooting Film. Over the past 5 or so years I have been collecting film cameras simply because I'm a bit of a camera nerd.. I am going to be shooting, developing and scanning a different type of film each any every month for a year, then giving my personal impression of the film in these posts. I choose to shoot Fuji Superia 200 first because it was readily available off the shelf at our local drug store. I have been using the VSCO film presets for almost 3 years and I wanted to see if the presets looked anything at all like their original film stocks. Below is an image I took with the Canon 6D and then processed using the Fuji Superia Preset in Lightroom. Let me know how you think the tones and grain compare with the images below. I personally like the the look and feel of the Superia film stock although I don't find it to be particularly sharp (that could also be a product of my ancient scanner). I specifically love the soft highlights that it seems to render. For a consumer level film the results are not too bad. The next film I intend to review is Kodak Ektar 100, this is classed as a professional film and I am excited to see how the results compare.