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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2003
KODAK's ELITE CHROME 100 is that company's excellent general purpose slide film. Regardless of what others may say, I have always found that this film delivers the qualities I look for when I use slide film.
Unlike print films, slide films, which are really color reversal films deliver the exact same image that the photographer saw through the viewfinder when they clicked the shutter release button. Whereas print film is a true negative that is used to print the 'positive' image on photosensitive paper to receive a finished product.
Print films tend to be much more forgiving of exposure errors than slide film. There is little margin for error with slide film and it is very easy to over or underexpose slide film. Overexposure will generally result in very light images with most details and colors lost and underexposure will reveal very dark images that also lose most of the imagery and color.
I think the other review here may have confused the ELITE CHROME 100 with another KODAK slide film, possibly ELITE CHROME 100 EXTRA. That is the highly saturated version of this film and it is known for its vibrant colors and higher degree of contrast.
ELITE CHROME 100 is the consumer version of KODAK's excellent professional EKTACHROME 100. The consumer version is very well known and reputed for its miniscule grain, faithful color rendition and delivery and medium contrast.
This film also has a neutral color palette. By that, I mean it delivers colors on the slide the way the photographer saw them through the camera's viewfinder. When it comes to color delivery, this film hold NO surprises. What you saw when you took the picture is what you'll see when you get your slides back.
This is probably the most readily available slide film marketed by KODAK; it can be found in camera/photo stores and most retailers. Unlike pro-line films like Fuji's Provia and Velvia offerings, which are only available at professional outlets and camera stores, KODAK ELITE CHROME 100 can be bought in drug stores, supermarkets and the large chain discount stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart.
This film, despite Kodak's marketing to general consumers also has a loyal professional following. Note travel photographer for National Geographic and member of the NIKON instructional staff BOB KRIST uses this film and its more saturated brother almost exclusively for his shots for National Geographic as well as other book and magazine layouts. He uses it because he finds the colors to be very natural and faithful. He rarely deviates when he shoots scenics or travel shots.
While this film is not designed for action or low-light, it is an excellent film for bright daylight. It is well suited to landscapes and capturing architectural details. In addition, because KODAK films are noted for their delivery of more natural complexion coloring, this slide film also is an ideal choice for portrait work.
I like Fuji slide film and there is a place for Velvia and Provia slide film. Velvia 50, the finest grained slide film until the recent arrival of its faster big brother, Velvia 100 rendered the complexions of Caucasians very "ruddy" when used for portraiture. The reviewer from Thessaloniki, Greece is mistaken saying that KODAK ELITE CHROME 100 exhibits that characteristic.
If you want "over the top" supersaturated slides, use FUJI products. For more natural appearing color and contrast, you'll be better served by ELITE CHROME 100 from KODAK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon December 31, 2003
I have not used Kodak Elite 100 much, since I have been more interested in using professional Kodak slide film. However, I have been amazed by the splendid color contrast and resolution shown by this film (I use 36 exposure rolls, but the results would be the same with 24 exposure rolls.). It is a slightly less vivid version of Kodak's professional Ektachrome emulsions. The only film I can think of which it resembles the most is Fuji's Astia film, though the latter is slighter warmer than Elite. Kodak has done an impressive job upgrading its Ektachrome films in the past few years. This fine amateur Ektachrome film is yet another example of Kodak's recent excellence in producing state-of-the-art slide films that emphasize less grain, much more contrast and excellent resolution.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2001
Kodak EliteChrome 100 provides extra saturated colours. This results in warmer colour tones in cloudy weather. However, the result is too unrealistic under strong sunshine, where the natural colours become over-saturated and significantly deformed. In this case, other films like Velvia return a much more realistic result, and are therefore well worth the extra money.
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