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Welcome Back, Ektachrome

With Kodak’s re-introduction of Ektachrome, I just had to try some. A couple weekends ago there was an antique auto show in my town. A few days earlier, the photo lab I use emailed and said they had Ektachrome in stock, so I took the opportunity to give it a try.

In my humble opinion, the colors look nice. I’m not sure I would be compelled to use it instead of Portra, or another color film. I will have to try it a few more times to get a better feel for the colors and how it looks in different situations.

Canon EOS R First Thoughts

The Canon EOS R is basically a 6d with a 5d Mark IV sensor, the latest Digic image processor, and no mirror… well, basically. It’s its own camera, really unlike Canon’s DSLRs. The menu, although it looks similar, is different – with some things cut, and some additions to support new features. Knobs and dials are different, and it’s a bit smaller and lighter than what I’m used to, but it feels good in my hand since I’m used to the 5D and 6D bodies.

Would I Go Mirrorless? Should I Go Mirrorless?

This is something I’ve been considering for quite a while. After all, I’ve heard reports of photographers, who shot with Nikon all their lives, making the switch to Sony. Sony has truly seized an opportunity with it’s full frame mirrorless offerings, and that’s good for them. Although stories of the demise of Nikon and Canon are a bit over hyped and exaggerated because photography is much more than the technology we use. Believe it or not, photographers 50 years ago we able to create some awesome photographs with, what we would consider, antique equipment.

Zenza Bronica ETR Si

So, after thinking about it quite a bit, I saved up, and purchased a Zenza Bronica ETRSi medium format film camera. I looked at several, and I liked the 645 format because it’s slightly smaller for carrying – and still has the advantages of the medium format negative.

I shot several rolls of Portra and some Tri-X as well. I’m including some of the images at the bottom of this blog entry.

So, here’s my technical impression of the hardware.

Kodak Portra 800

I wanted to test Portra 800. I’ve heard that it’s a low grain, high speed color film. I haven’t heard much about the color, so I was curious to try it myself.

The equipment included my OM-2, 28mm f3.5 with a circular polarizer. Portra 800 film, naturally.

Quick Photo Walk in Austin

The other day I was wanting to test Kodak Portra 400 film, so I did a lunch time walk around Austin and it’s downtown waterfront area.

For a short walk, I was able to get some nice shots of the waterfront and buildings. I was actually quite pleased with the results, and I like the Portra films in general. The 400 speed is quite flexible too.

One thing I’ve heard about Portra is that it has excellent skin tones. I don’t generally take portraits, but I need to add some people to my photos to test the colors… a future post, maybe.


Digital vs. Analog: Side by Side

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the differences between digital and film photography. There’s the obvious differences that involve the process of capturing images. Since I do most of my work on a computer, digital photos are much easier to work with – since they’re already digital. My analog photos have to be scanned to get them on my computer. Not a big deal, but I’ve been thinking, “What else is different?”