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Friday, 31 December 2010


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I totally agree: buy that Plus-X, buy that Ektachrome, buy that Fujichrome and keep the living films alive!

This post has spawned thoughts I must express. First I've never shot Kodachrome. I would guess though most Kodachrome users that are still active shoot some digital.
I recently downloaded a trial version of DXO's Film Pack software and there is a setting for Kodachrome 25. I loaded a bright colored cityscape from my EPL1 and processed the image as Kodachrome 25. Film Pack did a great job and the original looked quite flat and dull in comparison. I tried duplicating the look in PS and couldn't do it.

A side note on the above mentioned Plus-x. Just put a roll through my old Rolliecord and developed it in Ilfosol-3. I most often use D76 but what nice results this combo gave me. Cloudy day, sunny 16 exposures @ISO 200 and the shadows were about perfect, highlights in check and nice fine grain. If I was ever going to do the one camera for a year thing this would be the camera/film developer combo I would use. (I think)

Thanks for this info, Mike. I'm hopeful my last roll made it in before the deadline yesterday, but if I get it sent back to me unprocessed, I was thinking I might be able to find some b & w process to at least rescue the images. Glad there's at least some possibility.

By the way, there's a current thread on APUG where an ex-Kodak chemist is discussing making a new, Kodachrome type film and processing old KR at home. Very intriguing but out of my league.


Again, I advocate buying the new stuff so we don't have to say good bye to anymore lovely emulsions.

I wonder if the "3" iteration of Ilfosol has solved the foaming problem? The original Ilfosol could create some very strange-looking uneven development that required lots of troubleshooting to identify, once upon a time.

Take a small amount of Ilfosol 3 in a bottle or jar and shake it vigorously. If it produces a noticeable amount of foam, I'd say stick with your D-76.


What started me on to photography, I think, and not sure why, back in the 60s, was when perusing National Geographic magazine, at my grandparent's house, I noted that they labeled, in very small type, under most of the photos, whether Kodachrome, Ektachrome, or even Anscochrome.

Some Kodachrome memories here:


Removing the remjet may not be quite as labourious as indicated:


(read to the bottom, post by Richard P T)

Mike I mixed a small batch of Ilfosol 3 about 1-4 with water and shook it like a martini. No foam.

Oh, so cross-processing is possible. I tried looking for instructions / experience before the deadline, but drew a blank. Neat to know, at least.

MJFerron: I have DxO - bought it on the strength of the filmpack stuff. One of the first experiments I did was to compare the same shot with different film/camera emulations. In a montage of 29 variations, the K64 is the most outstanding, and - prior goth tendencies notwithstanding - not in a nice way.

(Must get on with processing the film that case back, properly, now...)


That does seem like a better way....


Don't be ridiculous, just store it in a cool dry place where the box won't get crushed. In 40 years it will a really cool artifact from the "days of film". I have a collection of old film and old film containers and I'm probably not the only person on this blog who does. Throw it away indeed!

Rudy Mack is right--don't throw it away, just don't necessarily think it will be useful.

Heck, if you don't want it you can probably sell it on Ebay.


By some other coincidence, I've been recently shooting some old rolls of Technical Pan which I had lying around in my freezer. I was only starting to dabble in black and white when I started using Tech Pan, so in the end I bought a brick of it and some Technidol, and shipped it with me when I moved to Paris.

It turns out shooting with a tripod was an entirely different and pleasing experience compared to using 400TX. There's a certain amount of care you take I suppose when you're using something that's just not available any more (especially more so when it is a film rated at ISO 25 and you have to use a tripod). Walking around Paris after midnight with a tripod and a film camera certainly got a couple of weird looks and questions...


I was wondering if anyone had specific data on the silver content per roll of Kodachrome 64, 36 exposure. Grams, grains, troy oz whatever units is fine.
Also, any do it yourself methods of recovery?
Anyone know of places that will do it?
Thanks very much

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