Amber 100D – A Cinema Film

Last week, I picked up a new film from a local shop. Amber 100D. This was a fun film to try. While, I was immediately turned off by the price of $16 for a roll of 27 shots, the clerk showed me some sample images he got from the film. I liked colors, so I gave it a shot.

I suspect Kodak made this film stock but there does not seem to be much info on this film on the internet. I guess that’s what makes it fun.

I really like the colors of this 100 ISO film. Since I’ve never shot color cinema film before, I didn’t really know how I should meter. I didn’t know how it was going to handle the highlights and shadows. It seems the shadows blocked up a bit, but the highlights look great. I tend to meter for middle tones. I may have a little more room to expose more towards the shadows.

I like the colors when it was sunny, I shot a few frames in the blue hour and the color really went cold. During peak sun, the film took on a lovely warm hue. Which I think I liked.

The thing to keep in mind when shooting this, this is a cinema film, there is no antihalation backing, So bright points of light will have a bit of extra glow. Tthe remjet layer has been removed so it’s safe to machine process at your local lab.

Color correcting scans

I’m camera scanning my film these days, which means I have to do the color conversions myself in software. I use Darktable for that conversion. It doesn’t have the automation that NegativeLabPro has, but it is a very powerful module, in a very powerful program. I strongly recommend giving Darktable a try.

Photos, shot on a Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 1.4 & Nikkor-NC Auto 24mm

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