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5 frames with Kodak Ektar 100 and a Hasselblad 503cx – by Peter Samson

I grew up shooting film in the 80’s with a Nikon F3HP.  My interests evolved to the rangefinder format in 2008 after finding the Leica M3 of my wife’s Father collecting dust in a box.  Then I got bit by gear-acquisition syndrome (GAS) and acquired both a used Leica M6 and a used Hasselblad 503cx in 2009.

I traded in the Leica M6 in 2013 for a Fuji X100S (digital rangefinder).  Fast forward to 2019 and I still enjoy analog photography with the Leica M3 and the Hasselblad 503cx.

A favorite film is Kodak Ektar 100… in the right lighting conditions.  Specifically, Ektar 100 has produced the best results for me in bright sunlight. I generally meter both color and b&w films using a 20% increase in exposure (ie., ISO 80 for Ektar 100, instead of ISO 100).

I present to you five photographs and brief commentary.  All photographs were taken using a Hasselblad 503cx and a Distagon 50mm CF FLE lens (equivalent to 32mm in ’35 land).

Overcast skies and the colors just don’t ‘pop’.

Indoors with diffused light, and again the colors are muted.

Late-afternoon light.

Clearing skies with softer morning light.

Mid-afternoon light.

I hope the photographs inspire you to try Ektar 100.

Some of my analog/film photographs are here: 500px.com/hagelgevar/

May the light be with you!

Peter Samson
Greater Seattle, USA

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    Steve Ember
    July 14, 2019 at 10:54 am

    From a fellow Ektar shooter, thanks Peter, for some fine images. While, as you write, the colors may not “pop,” my favorite still is your fine shot of the steeplechase jump with its intentional blur a really nice effect, and I find the colors most attractive.
    And the airplane shot is of course a great poster for Ektar’s palette, plus I love your use of the wide angle.
    Also fine is the shot of the young woman on her horse. Her expression says it all!
    Your photos certainly speak to the quality of Zeiss glass and medium format definition. Lovely scans, too.
    I’ll definitely look for your work on 500px.

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    Nigel Cliff
    July 14, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Used to use Ektar a lot back in the film days but only used it once since I returned to film in the last couple of years as I’m tending to try out all the films I didn’t use back then especially black and white,I must admit I prefer the more muted colours of film like Pro 100 but I will will get another roll probably to capture the vibrant colours in Autumn

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    Illya Swan
    July 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Tried it out on my recent trip to Sicily for the first time because of the gorgeous blue tones I’ve observed in sample photos. It’s definitely my favorite film for sunny days now.

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