Ektar

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Ektar is a Kodak color negative professional film, formerly branded as a semi-professional film. The brand was reintroduced in 2008 as a professional film offered in the 100 ISO format.[1]

Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100 35mm 5312.jpg
MakerEastman Kodak
Speed100/21°
TypeColor print
ProcessC-41
Format35mm, 120, 4x5, 8x10[2]
GrainUltra-fine
Introduced2008, 2010(4x5/8x10)
Ektar
MakerEastman Kodak
Speed25/15°, 100/21°, 125/22°, 1000/31°, 400/27°
TypeColor print
ProcessC-41
Format35mm, 120
GrainUltra-fine
Introduced1989
Discontinued1994, 1997
Replaced byRoyal Gold

History[edit]

Early use of name[edit]

Prior to its use on films, the Ektar name originally referred to Eastman Kodak's premium-priced lenses for professional use, which were introduced in 1936 and sold until the 1960s.[3] The name Ektar is an acronym for Eastman Kodak TessAR.[4][5]

Original Ektar film (1989 to 1997)[edit]

Ektar started as a color 35mm and 120 semi-professional film introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1989, which used the common C-41 process. It was designed to offer ultra-fine grain. It was manufactured in 25, 100 (replaced the poor selling 125 in June 1991 [1]), and 1000 ISO formats. 400 speed film was available until 1997. Poor market segmentation was cited as a factor in Kodak's decision to discontinue Ektar in 1994. The film was replaced by the Royal Gold line. The 120 version of Ektar was discontinued in 1997.

Relaunched Ektar 100 (2008 onwards)[edit]

A new film was introduced in September 2008 under the name Kodak EKTAR 100, which claims to be the finest-grain color negative film with high saturation and vivid colors available on the market. The film was initially only offered in 35mm, but later the film offering was expanded to include 120 size film, then 4x5 and 8x10 sheet sizes in 2010.[1][6]

Ektar 100 is very suitable for digitizing using a film scanner.[7]

Reviews of the film mention that the film grain is very fine and vivid colors.[8][9] However, there is warning not to underexpose to avoid a strong blue cast on the film.[10]

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