December 20, 2011
I’ve got some more toys. This was shot on Ektar 100 with a Voigtlander Bessa R4A, a Voigtlander 21mm Color Skopar 4P lens on Ektar 100. The voigtlander came about because I’m switching out my Canon 5D DSLR for a smaller, mirrorless Sony Nex-5N. The resolution’s better, the dynamic range is about as good and I can slap on tons of cool lenses like this Voigtlander 21mm. Plus with the extra cash from selling the kit off I picked up a rangefinder film body so I can finally start getting into M mount glass.
I’ve fought with Ektar in the past and haven’t been too pleased with the results. I’ve discovered that it was my lack of experience that was at fault. When I heard the stuff’s as finicky as slide film I figured I should give it another chance. The Bessa has a TTL meter so it’s tough to make a mistake on the exposure. Too little exposure and it takes on a red cast. Too much and it takes on a cyan cast. Expose it just right and it’s a great 35mm film that works well for 14 inch enlargements! The grain is so fine that it’s very hard to spot when enlarged to 14 inches.
This is probably going to be my “small works” kit and my first camera I reach for when doing a site survey, looking for new subject matter. I’ll post my thoughts on it and the Nex-5N once I have some more use out of it.