Kodak Alaris has given a boost to those waiting for newly resurrected Ektachrome E100 to be introduced in formats larger than 35mm with an announcement that it will be testing a new coating process at the end of next month to make roll film. The company has said in the past that the process for coating 35mm film and 120 roll and sheet films is different and that the method used to make the initial reintroduced format isn’t the same as that needed for wider formats.

Kodak Alaris said directly then that it was very likely that medium format and sheet film sizes of the color transparency film would be made available, and has since confirmed that 120 and sheet films will be made this year.

In recent posts on its Kodak Professional social media accounts, Kodak Alaris has said directly that it will be testing coating processes for 120 roll film, saying ‘We know you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of larger format Ektachrome E100 Films. We are diligently working on bringing them to market, with a wide coating trial of the 120 format film planned for late July.’

The posts are accompanied by a picture of a girl holding a Pentax 67 medium format camera, but which was shot as part of an early trial of the 35mm format version of the film. The side of the picture is marked ‘Ektachrome 100 in 120?’

We shall have to wait and see. The company’s T-Max, Portra and Ektar emulsions are already available in sheet formats, but to special order. For more information on Kodak films see the Kodak website and the Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 technical data sheet.