It's been a while since I had shot some Ektar and I am so pleased with the way this roll has turned out.
The word Ektar is actually an acronym for Eastman Kodak TessAR, one of their premium priced pro lenses. (The lenses were manufactured from 1936 through to the 1960s).
Ektar film was introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1989 as ISO 25, 125 (replaced in 1997 by ISO 100) 400 and, 1000 format. It was branded as a semi-pro film and should not be confused with todays Ektar. In 1994, Kodak decided to discontinue Ektar (although ISO 400 was available until 1997).
In September of 2008, a new film was launched onto the market as Kodak Ektar 100. It was originally only available in 35mm and later released in a 120mm format. Because of it's popularity Kodak produced sheet film in 4 x 5 and 8 x 10. Kodak maintain that this film has the finest grain of any colour negative film.
Ektar has a vibrant and natural feel to it's colour. This colour plus the fine grain really makes for a sharp, excellent quality image.
I shot the film on a Pentax A3, a 35mm SLR that I had purchased in Singapore in 1985. The Pentax A3 has a full programme (point and shoot) mode and an aperture priority mode. Shutter speeds of 2-1/1000 second, ISO range of 25-1600. Auto film winder. Takes K mount lenses. It was a great beginners camera at the time and I still love to put a roll through it!
Most on this roll are taken in Newcastle; me wandering around in my lunch break! There are a few taken at South West Rocks and Gladstone, small coastal towns of NSW that our son introduced us to when we went up to visit him and his wife at Crescent Head.
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Sailing Vessel 'Ruach' moored at Queens Wharf in Port Hunter, Newcastle. The vessel is a 'Youth with
a Mission' (YWAM) Medical Ship. It has been moored at Queens Wharf after a 9 month stint in Milne Bay
|SV Ruach at Queens Wharf.|
| 'Spectre' in Newcastle Harbour. Nobbys Point on the right and Stockton breakwater behind|
|A busy Port Hunter. The Bowsprit of the SV Ruach, the 'Spectre'. In the background, a Tug Boat |
assists the RTM Tasman out of the port.
|The 'Spectre' sailing further into the port. Probably heading to the Yacht Club Moorings at Carrington.|
|The Tugboats do a great job guiding the huge bulk carriers through the channel of the Harbour.|
|Gotta know how to tie a knot working onboard a sailing ship! SV Ruach.|
|No! They are not Beer Taps! They are Belaying Pins used to secure the Rigging. SV Ruach.|
|Crew member of the SV Ruach chatting to people on Queens Wharf.|
|Hunter Street Mall .|
|Postman's' Lunch Break. James Fletcher Park.|
|Looking south along the Sea Wall from James Fletcher Park -|
|The Canoe Pool.|
|Beach Volleyball on Newcastle Beach.|
|Goolawah Beach - Crescent Head, Australia.|
|The Police Station - Gladstone, NSW, Australia.|
|Lest we Forget. War Memorial -|
Gladstone, NSW, Australia.
|Pines - South West Rocks, Australia.|