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We Need an "Ektar" section in Vintage!!
Old 09-25-2017   #1
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We Need an "Ektar" section in Vintage!!

Am wondering if anyone else might like to see this? There are a lot of GREAT RF cameras Signet, Medalist, Graflex, etc from the past that might be a fun new direction.

Also, just posted a bunch of new pics to my Flickr gallery of recent Signet 35 images taken on Ilford Delta. For $20, is a heck of a good value! https://www.flickr.com/photos/artpho...57687681871646
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Ahhh, I thought you were going to say we need to have an Ektar 100 section, which I would back: vintage imitation transparency film. But you are right, lots of us have used Ektar lenses: good suggestion.
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Ektar ON Ektar - Yep!
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Ektar ON Ektar - Yep!

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Ahhh, I thought you were going to say we need to have an Ektar 100 section, which I would back: vintage imitation transparency film. But you are right, lots of us have used Ektar lenses: good suggestion.
So got around to trying Ektar 100 film (on my Signet 35 with Ektar Lens) and all I can say is DAMN I love this film. Maybe you're right and it is imitation slide film, but I like it! While it's nice to know how to expose slide film properly, sure is nice not to always have to and when I can get grain/color quality this good on a 2-Stop Push (Early Morning Sun + Polarizer), without all the headache of finding a lab with healthy e6 chemistry, I might just be up for that.




* NOTE - scanned with Nikon 4000 ED in 14-bit with Digital Ice (Fine Setting) and 4-Pass Mode.
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From my avatar pic, it's obvious I would like an Ektar section as well! I recently managed to find a very scarce 153mm lens for my Ektra at a decent price after more than ten years of looking for one. I'm running some film through the camera now to see what it can do.

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I got into using them for 4x5 Graphic View (203mm and 100mm Wide-Field) and shot them for over 3-years.

Even on a little RF like the Signet, they really hold up to the best made today (I've shot a LOT of good gear over the years - Sinar/Rodenstock, Hasselblad/Zeiss, Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Sony Alpha and Pentax, but Ektar is a favorite).
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Done

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Okay, but you can't have your Ektar section until we get a slide projector forum!
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Okay, but you can't have your Ektar section until we get a slide projector forum!
Ektar lenses qualify Kodak projectors for this forum
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Well, this section died quickly
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Why not a Kodak rangefinder sub-forum instead of this model-specific one? There are a lot of other great Kodak rangefinders besides the Ektra and the Retinas, from the Regent through the Bantams, Signets, Medalists, and Chevron.


ETA:
Oops. I read Ektra where I should have read Ektar. And technically, the Anastigmat lens on the Regent evolved into the Ektar.

So, never mind.
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I've had success with Ektar 100. It certainly is different from available C-41 films today. I find it very easy (although I don't know why) to scan. The colors do pop, but aren't weird. I like it in my First Six Camera because the lens is a mess, and it gives an unusual character to Ektar 100. Here is a recent shot, it has just enough edge vignette and blur to set it off from every other camera.

Ektar100 by John Carter, on Flickr
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So is this new subsection for shots from and discussion about any RF that has a Kodak Ektar lens or for the Kodak Ektra camera/system, or for the various types of Kodak Ektar film?

Seems to be some confusion, or am I just thick?
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