Kodak Ektachrome E100

Kodak re-introduced its famous Ektachrome slide film, which was known for its great colour rendering. So let’s try it out, and compare it … to digital! Here is Kodak Ektachrome E100 vs. Sony A7 iii (with fixed ISO 100 and fixed white balance, to be fair).

Analog: Ricoh Singlex TLS, Weltblick 55mm f/1.7
Film: Kodak Ektachrome E100
Processing: Noritsu Scan by Foto Leutner

Digital: Sony A7 III, Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2
Processing: Capture One 12, WB 4600/-2, slight curves adjustment for greener shadows

Observations

  • Ektachrome is daylight balanced, but leans toward the cool side. The equivalent for Sony RAWs in Capture One is about 4600K, while Sony’s default daylight temperature is about 5600K.
  • Colours are great, vivid, but not too saturated.
  • Shadows lean towards green, as is in most slide films (except Kodachrome). This is even more pronounced in darker situations, but it might also be caused by scanning.
  • In fluorescent light like the castle illumination, colours go completely crazy and the image is way too green.