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#1 John Adolfi

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:56 PM

How many times do you think, if you are careful and have good equipment, that a S8 film can be projected before it looks like it needs to be retired?
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#2 David Venhaus

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 01:30 AM

Its easy to destroy a film print, running it one time through a messed up projector. A theoretically perfect projector, that causes no wear on a film, could run it until the film base deteriorated or the dyes fade (which could be quite a few years). If you think of a succesful commercially released theatrical 35mm film, many are easily run 100 times or more (4 or 5 times a day for a couple weeks) and can still look good. I think it matters entirely on the equipment.
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:22 AM

In Special Venue projections (like Disneyland) they got more than 140.000 cycles from a print, the color was fading before the print was really worn out physically. But they used 16 & 35mm in air conditioned loop cabinets so the film would not get dry.

With regular projection, it depends on the quality of your projector and the cleanliness of environment. With a decent projector that is kept clean, slow rewinding and proper cleaning of the film I suspect a few hundred to thousand runs are possible.

Using a lubricant and anti-static cleaner like FilmGuard in combination with Polyester stock (Fuji Single-8 or polyester Super-8 print stock) will help a lot.

Edited by Christian Appelt, 05 November 2006 - 08:24 AM.

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