So, what film would I take to a desert island?! It’s a really tough question but I guess push comes to shove, I would choose Kodak Ektar 100. I love b&w but end up capturing in color more often – there’s so much color in life, it would be shame to lose them. After all, one can always convert from color to b&w but not vice-versa.
My favorite film has got to be Velvia 50. But shooting with slide film is not always the best option. Exposure latitude is razor thin and the whole process is also quite expensive. So color negative film is the way to go more often than not. Then its usually a face off between some of the Fuji films, Kodak Portra and Kodak Ektar. I love Fuji and my favorite medium format film is Fuji Pro 160. But for 35mm, I prefer the Kodaks. If I know I will be shooting mainly portraits, then I will take the Portra (160 or 400). For everything else, its the Ektar.
I love the vibrancy of the film. It can make ordinary situations come alive in a really pleasing ways. The way it handles reds is very appealing to me. And greens too. It is almost Velvia like in many ways. Sometimes the vibrancy can get too much but a little bit of saturation/ vibrance reduction usually solves the issue.