talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

ektar 1000

Published 10 May 2016 – Updated 26 Jan 2017

the original ektar

Way back in the late 80's, Kodak introduced a new line of color film called Ektar. Available in speeds 25, 100, 125, and 1000, Kodak only produced the film for five years. (The current (2016) Kodak Ektar 100 is an unrelated film with the same name.)

A few years ago, I found an unopened 1994 roll of Ektar 1000 in a box of old camera parts. I've stored it in my freezer ever since, waiting for the right time to use it, and finally coming to understand that the time will never be right. So, knowing that old, poorly-stored, high sensitivity, consumer-grade films don't really last, I loaded it into the Leica and wandered around downtown San Jose.

To compensate for all the degradation I was assuming this film had been hit with, I calculated exposure for ~400, and was generously "overexposing" on top of that. I know that this film wasn't highly regarded even when new, and that decades of improper storage couldn't have added anything. But, you can see here the results, which while not great, defied my expectations and actually exist.

This roll piqued my interest, so I found a roll of the original Ektar 25 on eBay and shot that as well, for comparison. You can see the results in this set.

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".