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Shot on film: Kodak Ektachrome 64T | Plaubel Makina 67 | Nikkor 80/2.8

Portland is full of fun and free events year-round. One of these is the annual Peacock Lane Christmas Street lights. I dug out some expired tungsten-based slide film, and brought them to shoot with the local PDX Film league for the December photo meetup. Click here to see the Fujifilm version shot during the same session.

Kodak Ektachome 64T

Camera settings: The film is tungsten color-based, which is great for shooting Christmas lights. However, since the base ISO is 64, all shots were taken on a tripod. Most shots are set to f/2.8 at 1s exposure, which is still slightly underexposed according to the internal light meter. I did not bring a release cable, and as a result, some of these are a little blurry due to the camera shake.

I reloaded with Kodak Ektachrome 64T in the second half of the walk. The cold was getting into me, but the crowd grew larger. It is harder to get a good angle with my setup, even though the settings are similar to the previous shot. I would aim at a house, and wait for a few minutes before I get an opening. Sometimes, people didn’t even realize I was standing and walked straight into me.

It was getting close to 7 pm, and we were all getting hungry. I did a quick walk to finish off the roll, which resulted in photos that did not look the best since I’d taken the very best in the block on the previous roll.

Peacock Lane – Portland’s Christmas Street

Overall, I think the Ektachrome 64T is much weaker than the Fuji counterpart. Both films are equally expired (in the early 2000s), but there might be a difference in the storage conditions. I prefer warmer colors on the Fujis than the cooler tones in these Kodak’s; moreover, I think the exposure latitude is slightly smaller in the Kodak, which makes the scenes look darker than they actually are. With that said, these are still half-decent images, and neither roll is amazing, so I’m just splitting my hair here. Okay, I take that back. Fuji’s better. :)

Date: Dec 15th, 2024.
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