What's needed to process film?

5 years 10 months ago #428285 by Cory J
I found a box of unprocessed film from the early 70's.  I'm not sure what's on it.  Kind of curious what's needed to process old film?  Are there any at home kits?   


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5 years 10 months ago - 5 years 10 months ago #428294 by hghlndr6
A box?
What kind of film?  B&W? Color negative?  Color reversal?  Roll film? Sheet film?  35mm?

There are still labs around that process film.  That's probably the option with the least expense and least hassle (for what I'm assuming is a 1-time shot).  Google it.  

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5 years 10 months ago #428297 by Sawyer
You sure it's not valuable?  If there is a chance of that, I'd have a pro process it. 

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5 years 10 months ago #428299 by KCook
A craving for strong chemical odors :kmonst:

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5 years 10 months ago #428300 by hghlndr6

KCook wrote: A craving for strong chemical odors :kmonst:


:rofl:

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5 years 10 months ago #428360 by effron

KCook wrote: A craving for strong chemical odors :kmonst:


I love the smell of fix in the morning.....;)

Why so serious?
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5 years 10 months ago #428382 by Adam Nagle
:rofl:


Honestly, I'd just have a lab develop it.  Is this your film or did you find somewhere?


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5 years 10 months ago #428442 by icepics
You could try looking up Film Rescue International.

B&W film seems to be more stable, color seems like it can shift over time. If it's color film you might have to ask if a lab will scan and adjust the color since it may need significant adjustments.

Most home darkrooms were for B&W film and equipment can be found but I wouldn't think it would be worth it for one roll of film. I don't know offhand of a kit for B&W, usually people buy the chemistry separately. There was a kit by Unicolor to process color film; I'm not sure if that's still being made. 

Whether it's B&W or color film you could have it developed and scanned by a lab and see what it is, then get prints later if there's something worth having printed.  

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5 years 10 months ago #428455 by Alan Nunez
Even if you can buy a home kit it takes practice and expertise to hand process film well. You may need to process some test strips and compensate for the age of the film.

Was the film well stored. If not it is likely the whole exercise may be for nothing.

Personally I would take it to a professional lab that does processing. 


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5 years 10 months ago #428475 by Joves
As others have said I would have a pro lab do it. Especially if it is color film. While yes I too love the smell of fixer in the morning, I would not go out of my way to sniff it. :lol:


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5 years 10 months ago #428547 by Geospiri
Time and bother.. but depending on age and importance a pro lab would be your best bet if the film is old there could be emulsion damage due to moisture or heat so you might lose a frame or 2 at the beginning if ant tests need to be made...nothing is more disheartning than to see emulsion floating off the base


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5 years 10 months ago #428684 by Justin
:agree: like that batch of film from WWII that was just found a few months ago.   

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