Ektachrome E100 is Back!

Announced this morning, Kodak will begin shipping E100 in 35mm now and next month 8mm and early next year 16mm.

I remember being at a cafe here in Vermont and getting a call from Kodak to let me know that E-6 (Ektachrome) was being discontinued by Kodak due to weak sales. Me and a few other photographers got a few days notice in order to help soften the blow in online media. This time I got no call, no film to test and finding an actual press release was strangely difficult (Why is it not on the homepage Kodak??!!) BUT, I am nevertheless happy to see Ektachome’s return…  it is a good sign of strength- and returning faith- in our medium.

https://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/Press_center/New_EKTACHROME_Films_to_Begin_Shipping/default.htm

Viva la Revolution- Steve

 

BERGGER Pancro 400 with CineStill Df96

A picture is worth a thousand words… so this is going to be a very short review!

Thoughts:

Bergger Pancro 400 reminds me a lot of XX by Kodak– it has a very classic long greyscale with just the right amount of grain and amazing highlight control. The quality control is very high, and I love that it’s available in all formats, 35mm through 8×10 sheet film. After extensive testing I have decided to make it my go-to 120 film… yeah it’s that good! In 4×5 the grain is very, very smooth and round. In 120 the grain is there, but very fine and beautiful which I think adds a wonderful depth to the scanned film. As for 35mm? There will be grain, but again it is a classic looking grain, which I love.

So, if you want lifeless, flat, smooth boring film? Bergger Pancro 400 is not for you! This film is classic… and combined with Df96 developer it hits all the right marks.

Tips:

  1. Rate Bergger Pancro 400 at between 100-325…. I find 200/250 to be the sweet spot if you want full shadow detail. This holds true for all the developers I tested this film with.
  2. CineStill Df96 MonoBath developer produces the very BEST negatives I have seen with this film; it is a perfect combination.
  3. Try pulling the film with Df96… shoot it at 200 and pull 1/2 to 1 stop in development. Note: I did not do that in the sample image above but I could have… it’s a nice way to control high contrast scenes.

Viva la Revolution- Steve

PS- in case you missed it here is a link to the review I did on the CineStill Df96 developer.
https://emulsive.org/darkroom/review-cinestill-df96-monobath-developer-by-stephen-schaub

The Revolution Has Arrived

Apparently I have arrived (the Revolution)… early as always by several years… Figital as in Figital Revolution has become a thing! I have no vested interest in this but a pin or two would be nice…

Viva la Revolution- Steve

We Live in an ART’s Driven Economy

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ok Not totally but….
“the arts were found to add four times as much to the US economy than agriculture.”
Photography contributes $10.2 billion to the US economy.

So the next time someone (family member, lawyer, doctor, farmer, investment banker etc…) plays down the value of ART or the fact that artists work very hard and are business people just like other professions tell them to F-off! The numbers are in and that argument is full of shit.

https://petapixel.com/2018/03/16/photography-contributes-10-2b-to-us-economy-govt-report/

Original NEA Article:

Follow Me on Instagram

Ok so I’ve stepped into the 21st century and now have an active instagram account…

 

 

 

www.instagram.com/stephenschaub/

You will notice there is a window/feed for Instagram on the right side of the home page. If you want to stay up to date will all aspects of my work, travel and testing that may someday make it here as a full article, follow me there!

Please share this to all film/ hybrid photographers you know…

Viva la Revolution-

Steve