Ektachrome

A new way to scan chromes

Provia 100F - Rollei Hy6 Mod 2 - 80/2.8 Xenotar - Bordered Scan

Provia 100F - Rollei Hy6 Mod 2 - 80/2.8 Xenotar - Bordered Scan

Slide film, or 'chromes' were once the undisputed champion of color photography.  Professionals stuck with chrome long after consumers had moved on to the more flexible color negative options. On the light-table, the reasons were obvious.  You get finer grain, pure color, and unrivaled contrast. Plus no need for an intermediary to view your film. It’s right there for the eye to see and understand.

For years though they've been neglected by photographers who use the hybrid film shooting workflow that labs like Northeast Photographic support.  If you have shot a roll of Velvia in the past few years and had it scanned on a Fuji Frontier or Noritsu, you may know why.  Washed out colors, noise, blown out highlights.  Just a lot of bleh! Whereas your original on the light-table remains beautiful.  What happened?  Lab scanners are incredible for negative films, they were built for this singular purpose.  Chromes were a dying medium, an afterthought.  Pros who shot it used drum scanners or dedicated desktop models only. It’s a laborious work flow, and if you’re doing drum scans, quite expensive.

That particular status quo isn't quite good enough for us, which is why we are introducing our new scanner to our chrome workflow.  Using Nikkor's best reproduction lenses, and CMOS capture technology, we are able to accurately reproduce all the detail, color, and contrast present in your slide.  So impressed have we been with our early results, that we can confidently say we think we offer the best full roll scans of E6 films in the business.  

These comparisons speak for themselves. 

Repro Scans - Leica M3 - 50mm Summilux - Kodak E100

Repro Scans - Leica M3 - 50mm Summilux - Kodak E100

Fuji Frontier

Fuji Frontier

Repro Scan - Leica M3 - 50mm Summicron Dual Range - Kodak E100

Repro Scan - Leica M3 - 50mm Summicron Dual Range - Kodak E100

Fuji Frontier

Fuji Frontier

Fuji Frontier

Fuji Frontier

Repro Scans - Leica M3 - 50mm Summilux - Kodak E100

Repro Scans - Leica M3 - 50mm Summilux - Kodak E100

It should be noted that these are from 35mm Ektachrome. Medium format looks even better. Honestly if you are shooting 120, you’ll never lust after medium format digital again.

This new way will be our standard method for scanning chromes. We can honestly say that for full roll scanning, no-one else in the business is providing this level of quality. And we’re not raising prices!

This post is not about how and when to shoot slide film, we will save that for later. This is about letting you know that if you use NP, you’re getting scans that actually bring to life the potential of your film.

First Rolls of Ektachrome E100 Overview!

I wanted to get this up here because it’s very very late! But now that my office is nearly finished I have time to share some of my first images shot on Kodak’s new Ektachrome E100. I am loving this film so so much, and I hope this video partially explains why. There will be more content on Ektachrome to come!

I’ve also included some full res jpgs of my scans, which you can download here!