In 2018, Kodak followed up a surprising announcement and released their beloved Ektachrome film, an E-6 slide film that was a favorite for National Geographic, Playboy, and even NASA. In this video by ex-Digital-Rev Host Ian Wong, we get a bit of history, a bit of strangeness, and a lot of really great information.
In this video Ian Wong takes us on a tour of an "alien planet" (in Hong Kong) for a photoshoot with a totally real astronaut. I will say, it's a bit refreshing to see someone testing a film with photos that are conceptual and thematic beyond "pretty girl in pretty location." Sometimes, having a concept can really elevate a video like this. With Ektachrome being E-6 slide film, there is not much exposure latitude; however, it seems that Ian does quite well keeping everything exposed well, and the photos he got with the white-on-white inside were absolutely gorgeous. It definitely makes me want to pick up my 35mm camera and go buy some film to go shoot. Maybe they'll make a 120 version.
While the video does not quite answer the question of Ektachrome saving film, it is encouraging to see the big companies recreating old films for today.
Have you ever shot Ektachrome? What was your experience with it? Would you shoot it again?
Check out the video here.