Posted 02 January 2006 - 11:21 AM
Are recans reliable? Does anyone have any experience with the Tapesuperstore.com?
Posted 02 January 2006 - 08:17 PM
Are recans reliable?
Some of the suppliers do test each can to avoid ones which have fog or heat damage.
You probaly should ask whoever you are thinking of buying from what their policy is. I doubt if you will get much more than a replacemnet if you do get a "bad" can. consider that your effort is worth a good deal.
Posted 02 January 2006 - 10:14 PM
Posted 02 January 2006 - 10:15 PM
I know it costs more but you're best buying from either one of the few resellers of stock that are reputable or kodak direct.
Definately, unless you're just dinking around with some test ideas or some extra shots for your reel, get your film from a reputable dealer that does tests. You don't want the problems that come with shooting with bad film and not knowing it.
Posted 03 January 2006 - 01:35 PM
Posted 03 January 2006 - 02:53 PM
Posted 03 January 2006 - 04:31 PM
I've shot several films using short-ends & recans without a problem. I've purchased from Dr. Rawstock. I've also shot with film purchased from ebay without ever a problem. A DP friend of mine uses a lot of ebay & out-dated stock for his films & commercials. We both use the same lab in San Francisco and same telecine. I recently had a print struck from some EXR50 & V250D that was outdated. It turned out great.
Again, the Kodak camera films keep very well, and "age" gracefully. But if someone left the cans sitting in the hot desert sun for a day, or packed them in their checked airline baggage that got x-rayed, you are at risk. Likewise, if a loader misidentified the recans or short ends that were going to a reseller, you may have an unpleasant surprise when you get a roll of 5245 mislabeled as 5218. Whether it's done by the reseller or you, some pre-testing of each roll is prudent.
Posted 03 January 2006 - 04:47 PM
Can't tell you how many times I hear "but it's factory-sealed" to which I reply "if it's sealed it can still roast in a PA's trunk and get X Rayed." I even had a job where the reseller swore they snip tested ALL the rolls and two of them were fogged.
I now make it a point to not shoot with second hand film. My name is connected to the images and I don't want mistakes associated with me.
Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:24 AM
Out of over a hundred rolls I've purchased in the past from Film Emporium and Dr. Rawstock, that was the only bad one.
Posted 05 January 2006 - 07:15 AM