It looks like Kodak colors! Over the summer I shot my first two rolls of the new Ektachrome in my Canon AE-1. I have another roll that I haven’t shot yet. I was planning on using my SPII for that but it seems to have developed a few shutter problems so maybe in my new Olympus Stylus Infinity. It being October with the leaves changing color I should have got on that, however I missed my window, just so much else going on. But here’s what I’ve shot between July and September, though I have to admit that after shooting Tri-X nearly exclusively since sometime last year, I’m a bit out of practice shooting color, but here goes:
I had these developed/scanned by Mike’s Camera, SOP is that I drop the rolls off at the Colorado Springs store so their courier can take to the Boulder store where the E6 processor is. I asked high-res scans (only 3000×2000 now) on their Noritsu but to send the rolls back uncut so that they could be scanned on the Colorado Springs store’s Fuji Frontier scanner (I’m thinking if I do this enough I should be able to write up a comparison between Noritsu, Fuji, and Pakon scanners…haven’t gotten around to it yet). Unfortunately, the Boulder store has no concept of how to follow directions and I received cut and mounted slides and the scans were a measly 1818×1228. And they showed me the tickets, the directions were very saliently written so there’s absolutely no excuse for that to happen. Thankfully the Colorado Springs store gave me rescans, though I don’t think it was on their Fuji Frontier; they must have some sort of Minolta or Nikon prosumer scanner for mounted slides but I don’t know which model; at least they’re a bit more high-res than what the Boulder store is offering, it’s about 2400dpi. This gives me the opportunity to compare the Noritsu to what I’m calling right now the Mystery Scanner.
(there was some slight dodging the sunlight areas in this picture)
In nearly every instance I’d choose the Noritsu’s colors over the 2400dpi Mystery Scanner’s. Nearly…
It’s obvious that there’s more detail in the shadows on some of these (different cropping/framing too). I’m not sure that the Mystery Scanner actually has a better D-Max than a Noritsu, but it does matter who they have operating the machine. Mike’s Camera in Boulder, you fucked up and I’m not happy. Think I’ll ever go back? Maybe someday. This is the first time I’ve looked at the two scans side-by-side and the Mystery Scanner seems to have some sort of haze/fog as well as a slight color cast I didn’t pick up before.
As far as the film goes, I’m happy with the new Ektachrome. Is it Provia or Velvia? No, but when I heard that Fuji was discontinuing their 5-roll packs (which made the film $10-11 per roll), I bought 10 rolls of Velvia 100, stuck it in the freezer, and knew that when I’d shot all that I wouldn’t be buying any more. I’ve said it before, I love Fuji’s colors. But at least I know that a couple years from now, I’ll be able to still shoot Ektachrome and it’s actually a good price! In 135 size that is. As I write this, Ektachrome is being sold for $13 while Velvia 100 is $18 and Provia 100f is $16. Ouch. Considering Ektachrome is priced lower than either and it just came out, that’s great (and hopefully if my predictions are right regarding Fuji, we’ll see the price drop someday). Now, $40 for a roll of the stuff in super 8, that’s pretty high.