Kodak has unveiled Ektar 100, the world’s finest grain color negative film. It’s a 100 ASA daylight-balanced emulsion that offers excellent enlargement possibilities, although it requires tons of light. The film is rated at a mere 25 ASA under tungsten lighting, so photographers using it for indoor fashion and product photography will feel like they’re back in the days of Kodachrome, slaving under banks of hot bulbs.
The new stock is available only in 35mm format. A decade ago Kodak would have been eager to release Ektar 100 for medium format and sub miniature cameras as well. These days, most professionals are more interested in the immediacy of digital equipment. A technically brilliant new film stock really doesn’t change much. It’s a pity, because Ektar 100 is pushing the limits of chemical image technology – truly a child out of time.