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Minolta Hi-Matic 11 with Kodak Ektar

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Late in the spring, I shot a couple of rolls of Kodak Ektar: a 120 roll in my Yashica Mat-124G which didn’t come out that well and a 35mm roll in my Minolta X-700. I suspected that the former didn’t yield good results because it was a cloudy day. It was nice and sunny when I shot the roll in my X-700, and I decided I wanted to shoot more Ektar during the summer when there would be plenty of sunshine.

I actually ended up not using Ektar again until later in the summer and early in the fall. I shot one roll of 35mm in my Olympus XA and one roll of 120 in my Flexaret Automat VII.

I didn’t make a conscious decision to not use Ektar during the summer. I was just distracted by the successes I was having with Kodak Color Plus and Kodak Pro Image. It was the summer of Kodak.

Recently, I returned to Ektar which I loaded in my Minolta Hi-Matic 11. I was curious about this combination because the photos I take with the Hi-Matic are usually quite vivid and the Ektar can also be vivid when it’s sunny.

I first used it on a neighborhood walk.

Building Reflection
Building Reflection

The next walk was to the east side of town including a visit to the Delaware River.

Delaware River Seagull
Delaware River Seagull

I finished the roll during our annual Staycation one day when we went out to West Philadelphia for brunch. It was a bright, beautiful, autumn day, and I was able to get some pictures of fall color. I took all but one of them on our way back from brunch. The last photo I took outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Autumn Tree
Autumn Tree
Philly House
Philly House
Bronze Bowl with Lace at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Bronze Bowl with Lace at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On the days with good light, the combination of the Hi-Matic 11 and the Kodak Ektar produced the kind of vivid pictures I expected. The Ektar has a slight red tint that I don’t always appreciate. Given my aforementioned success with Color Plus and Pro Image, I’m inclined to rely on those for my go to color films. I don’t have any more 35mm Ektar left, but I do still have 3 rolls of 120 Ektar so I’ll get to try it a few more times.

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