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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.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Smith" <rsmith@unb.ca>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
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.
> Regards,
> Roger Smith


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