About a year ago, I bought a 5-pack of Kodak Ektar 120 film. I had limited experience with Ektar prior to that so I’m not sure why I felt compelled to buy a pack of it. I still had a couple rolls left and decided to load 1 into my Yashica Mat-124G.
I had shot rolls of Ektar in my Yashica twice before with once with so-so results and once with better results. I think part of the problem with the so-so results was that I went out on a cloudy day so the images turned out a bit dull.
With this recent roll, I went out on a sunny, spring day and the pictures were much better which was also the situation with the roll that had better results (well, sunny but not spring). I also shot at 50 ISO. Box speed for Ektar is 100. More recently, I’ve been shooting my color film 1 stop over-exposed which has worked out well.
I went for a short walk in our neighborhood looking for signs of spring. It was a bit early in March so there wasn’t a lot of trees and flowers in bloom, but I was able to find some.
Of my other photos, I rather like the composition of this photo of The Church of the Holy Trinity aligned with the newly built The Laurel Residences.
I’m also pleased with a few other shots I took along the Schuylkill River Trail. The picture of the Schuylkill River includes some hard to see ducks. The photo along the Schuylkill Banks is one of those pictures where I didn’t see something interesting (the crooked lamp post) until after I got the roll developed. I was mainly looking at the couple of people sitting close to the water.
I also took a picture of a house as well as a couple of shots of the railroad tracks near the Schuylkill Train which turned out just OK.
I had 1 frame left, and I saw a tree nicely in bloom and decided that would make the perfect last image. However, when I tried to take the shot, nothing happened. I thought it was one of those situations when I was only able to get 11 frames from the roll, but it turned out that I accidently took a shot without realizing it.
Since I had already lined up the shot, I still took it with my Samsung Galaxy S+.
I have 1 more roll left of the 5-pack. I’m glad that this roll turned out better than the last roll I took in my Yashica Mat-124G. Although I liked these results, I’m not sure if I liked them enough to go with Ektar again soon.
Extremely mediocre shots. The best idea in the case of Yashica 124G would be to keep that roll of film in the freezer for generations to come