What happens when you can’t afford professional 35mm films? Perhaps it’s time to rediscover those mid-range consumer classics…

I love shooting colour 35mm negative film. Like most general users of the 1990s, it was my first experience with photography.

Until recently, the C-41 chemical process was a cheap, popular pathway through analogue photography thanks to mini developing labs in almost every local pharmacy.

​But by the turn of the 2010s, that was set to change — and I’ve had to shift my choice of film too.

The soaring 20s

Following the inflation of slide film prices in the early 2000s, Kodak’s super-fine-grain Ektar 100 became my go-to colour film.

Ektar offers tack-sharp detail with saturated reds that pop like old Kodachromes…

Samuel Payne

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