“Film Month” is our special time of year when the sun is shining, the temperature is just right and it is time for some fun. “Film Month” encompasses all types of film. Color, Black and white and even instant. Yes, instant is still around, even if Polaroid is not. We are going to be covering the different films we carry and what reasons or conditions we would use them for in our cameras.
Instant Film – Polaroid is gone, but we still have the cameras, and the Impossible Project has done just what their name implies -the impossible. They have made instant developing film for Polaroid cameras that don’t need Polaroids chemicals or technology. The Impossible film is very much like what we had in the “ole” days. Each pack of film has a fresh battery, so all you have to do is load film and shoot. There is both color and black and white films, with black or white borders to fit most Polaroid cameras. Generally speaking, any 600, SX-70 or spectra camera is ready to go once you load the film. The problem …was the camera put in the closet because they couldn’t get film or because it didn’t work? Click Here For More About That. Polaroid cameras are not the only way to get “magical” instant pictures. Fuji makes magic of their own.
Fuji Instax line of cameras is the modern instant camera. Smaller and modern looking they are available in several colors and styles. Who Knew? The Instax Wide has a wide format and captures quite an area, on a large 4×5-ish picture size. The Instax Mini pictures are about the size of a wallet photo, the camera is cute and comes in colors. What I really like is the Instax Share. The camera phone instant camera! Actually it is a printer that will WiFi to your phone using an App. Prints come out in about 30 seconds and develop while you watch. All controlled by your iPhone or Android. “Magical!”
Color Film – So you have your old film camera and you want to load some film for the weekend. What do you do? Go down to the local camera store and the guy, or gal, behind the counter will make a suggestion.
First, lets find out what kind of film you need. Click Here to see what film formats are current.
100 ISO is just for bright sunny days, only. Use 400 ISO for inside and out and on overcast days. 800, 1600 and 3200 ISO is for low light, but not dark. Dark is little or no light and film was to have something to see.
Black and White Film – Traditional process, black and white film is still alive. We process every week to 2 weeks, depending upon the type of films that come in.
We stock Fuji Acros and Ilford. Ilford has by far the widest selection with ISO ranging from 50, 100, 400, 3200 in several emulsion types (the way the printed film will look). Fuji is the film I would use for portraits, not necessarily things.
Really Old Film – Really old film, the stuff that looks old, faded paper wrapper, found in a trunk that grandma or great grandma had…This is the stuff we love to get. Each roll is an adventure. Not every roll comes out, but every roll is worth processing to see what is there. Since these are specialty processes, it could take 2 or 3 months for us to have enough to process. We only mix and process in larger batches because of the chemical mixing involved.
E-6, Ektachrome, Fujichrome we can still have these process, we do not process it in store, so we send it out.
K-14, Kodachrome we will only process as black and white negatives.
C-22 at this time we only do as black and white negatives.
Kodacolor X is actually old film, but a current process, so we do it here and in color.
Not sure hat you have or what you need? Stop in and let one of our film photography experts help.