Review: Kodak Ektar 100 (35mm and 120; Various Formats)

For a really long time, if you wanted very vivid colors in your film photos you needed to go to a slide film–but when Kodak introduced Kodak Ektar 100 things changed. Photographers were able to get punchy, vibrant, saturated colors with the ease of use that negative film provides. To this day, Kodak Ektar 100 is used to a variety of applications with one of the most common ones being landscapes. However it is also in use for portraiture as its low ISO value allows for incredibly sharp photos.

And for many lovers of digital cameras, this may also be one of your favorite Kodak film emulsions.

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Film Review: Kodak Portra 400 (35mm and 120, Various Formats)

Years and years ago, Kodak announced something that would endure for quite a while: Kodak Portra 400. Available in the 120, 35mm, and large formats, the film was and still is incredibly popular with photographers who like shooting portraits. It’s highly valued for its muted tones–which tends to go against much of what digital photography seems to offer straight out of the camera. However, Portra is in use for much more than just this. Lots of photographers use it as their every day film because they just like it. But this tends to be more the thought process of those that shoot 35mm. At 120, you’re getting far less shots per roll and often work to get the best photos you can in one single shot due to higher stakes–even more so than with 35mm.

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Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 Film is Coming in 120 Format Before Year’s End (EXCLUSIVE)

It’s no secret that Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 film has become very popular with street photographers and just those curious about film. It’s available in 35mm right now, but Bellamy Hunt, the Japan Camera Hunter himself, tells us that it’s coming in 120 and that we should expect it before the end of the year.

Bellamy said he’s going to need to do pre-sales of the film, but that he doesn’t want it to be super expensive. “Likely release is around August at the moment, though there are always holdups. It will definitely be before Christmas,” says Bellamy in an email.

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Review: Wolverine F2D Mighty 20MP 7-in-1 Film to Digital Converter

With analog film photography on the rise, there is obviously the need and want for many city dwelling photographers with little room in apartments to want to scan their photos; and that’s where the Wolverine F2D Mighty 20MP 7-in-1 Film to Digital Converter comes into play. No, it’s not a drum scanner. And it’s surely not one of those scanners well over $1,000. But it’s also not supposed to be. This film scanner scans 110 film, super 8 film, and 35mm negative and slide film in addition to black and white. For only  $131.73 though, you really can’t complain about the quality.

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Comparison: The Best Cheap 35mm Film Emulsions

While Kodak Portra, Fujifilm Velvia, and some of the others tend to steal the spotlight, there are a number of pretty good yet affordable color films on the market. George from Negative Feedback decided to put a number of them to the test in a video released earlier last year. All the images were taken on the Leica M7, MP, and M3, using a 50mm and 35mm summicron f2 with Kodak Colorplus 200, Agfa Vista 200, and Fuji Superia 400. The images were taken portrait style in a studio and using natural light.

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Patrick Temme’s Inspiring Environmental Portraits Of People In Tigray, Ethiopia

Images by Patrick Temme. Used with permission. 

Great environmental portrait photography usually shows people in a situation they live in (or sometimes at work and play), that says something about who they are. Patrick Temme’s environmental portrait approach in his documentation work beautifully captured the grace and charisma of the people he encountered in Tigray, Ethiopia in Africa.

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David Gleave Channels Robert Capa by Getting Close to Subjects On The Street

All images by David Gleave. Used with permission. 

To create street photography with impact, one of the proven methods is to go dangerously close to the subjects. David Gleave, a Licentiateship distinction holder in the prestigious Royal Photographic Society (RPS), adopted the “in your face” approach in his street photography work.

Based in Manchester, David Gleave is a street photographer shooting people documentary style. Inspired by the popular “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you are not close enough” mantra by Robert Capa, David chose to go extremely close up to the strangers on the street.

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Kaiman Wong Compares The Popular Street Photography Lenses: 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm

Screenshot taken from video. 
Kaiman Wong (who has recently left DigitalRev TV) continues to create video contents on his own Youtube Channel. Most recently, he took on a comparison of popular street photography lenses, 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm, to be educational and useful especially for newcomers to street photography. The best part: Kai was himself in his videos with his usual wit, charm, and a tad of silliness which made the video so entertaining to watch.

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