I took rolls of Ektar and Tmax 100 into my local camera store yesterday. Apparently it takes several days to process black and white (if you're lazy), but I got my Ektar back in a couple hours. I'd complained about the look of Ektar, but it occurs to me that maybe I was just using it wrong. I took my mom's old Minolta x370 to South Buffalo to shoot some urban decay. Unfortunately, halfway through my roll of Ektar, the camera started jamming and I lost a bunch of photos. Example below.
This is too bad, because that isn't a bad looking shot. Ektar is weird in that it definitely has a sort of blueish tint to it, but the other colors really pop. It almost looks like a comic book. I think that in less contrasty scenes, the look can be really pleasing.
I took 2 4x5 exposures on Velvia 100, and I won't know how those turned out til next week, but the 35mm doesn't look half bad.
People say Ektar acts more like slide film and therefor requires greater care with exposure. This seems true, but if you're going to guess, guess on the overexposed end of the spectrum. Any images I underexposed were unusable, but the slightly bright ones look pretty good.
When I get the black and white negatives back, I'll toss them up here. In the meantime, 180mm or 210mm large format lens? Thoughts?