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Re: filmscanners: Ektachrome E100VS bad?
I've had superb results with it, but it was sent to pro lab for development.
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From: "Roger Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 9:59 PM
Subject: filmscanners: Ektachrome E100VS bad?
> Anybody out there used Kodak's E100VS film? I got four trial
> rolls from one of Kodak's special deals and developed my first one
> yesterday, along with a Fuji Provia 100F for comparison. I used
> freshly mixed E6 chemicals and my usual procedure. When I took the
> two rolls out of the tank after the fixer, the Fuji was fine but the
> Kodak had a milky strip along the whole length of the film. I had
> seen that effect before a couple of years ago, ironically with Fuji
> and Agfa films, after Kodak made a big change in the E6 chemistry. (I
> have not been able to find out why). The bleach is much weaker in the
> new formulation and seems to become exhausted quickly. Re-bleaching
> and re-fixing corrected the situation, with no harm to the images
> that I could detect. I certainly never expected one of Kodak's films
> to show the incomplete bleaching or fixing effect.
> I put the E100VS back into the bleach for another few minutes
> and then back into the fixer, which cleared up the milky appearance.
> After the usual washing, Final Rinse and drying, I compared the two
> films and made some scans. The Provira 100F produced its usual
> superbly sharp, slightly understated colour images. The E100VS was
> strange, with almost cartoon colours including weird electric greens
> and reddish browns. The scans (Minolta Scan Dual II) seemed to
> emphasize the odd colours and the grain was much more prominent than
> in the Provira 100F scans (further evidence that Provira 100F is the
> grain champ for scanning).
> Anyway, I'm curious to know if others have had good luck with
> what I assume is one of Kodak's flagship films. I was a bit
> suspicious of its "Vivid Saturation" designation, but I expected the
> colours to be fairly accurate. I will make sure to add extra Bleach &
> Fix time for the next rolls, but if the other three films turn out to
> be equally quirky, I can't see much use for E100VS.
> Roger Smith