More scan comparisons – Kodak Ektar

Following on from the comparisons between ColorPerfect and Grain2Pixel inversions of colour negative scans from Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Gold 200, here are some more, this time with Kodak Ektar.

I took these pictures a few days ago at a local woodland, with a Mamiya RZ67 and a 65mm lens. The film was developed in Cinestill Cs41 powdered chemicals and scanned with VueScan on an Epson v700.

Left: Color Perfect Right:Grain2Pixel
Left: Color Perfect Right:Grain2Pixel
Left: Color Perfect Right:Grain2Pixel
Left: Color Perfect Right:Grain2Pixel

I hope you find these comparisons useful but I’ll leave it to each reader to draw their own conclusions.


  1. It is crazy to me how different these are! I like the ColorPerfect version better sometimes, the Grain2Pixel better other times, and there’s very little middle ground.

  2. Another really interesting post, Kevin. Grain2Pixel really goes to town on those greens, doesn’t it! For these autumnal scenes, I’m more keen on the ColorPerfect version, as the G2P version just seems overly bright and almost summery. Whether I’d make the same choice with frames shot with different subject matter, I’m not so sure.

    I’m guessing these were put up pretty much as they came out of the relevant converter. Do you have any thoughts on which version is more flexible in terms of further PP?


  3. I always think it’s easier to add saturation and contrast than to take them away; for that reason I think that the ColorPerfect starting point is more flexible.

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