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#1 Brian Tannenbaum

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:03 PM

Hi all, I originally posted this in the 8mm board but have only gotten 1 reply. Hopefully this is the more appropriate board for this topic (Thanks Andries)

Here are the Facts:
-We have 5 Rolls of Kodachrome 40 Type A
-Exposed on Fresh Stock in Late 1997)
-Shot at concerts ( ranging from Clubs, to even squats)
-Stored in a dark closet
-About to be shipped and processed + transferred at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, KS

Here are the Questions:
-Should it be Pushed, Pulled, or Processed as is?
- Would you recommend risking processing one roll normally, and adjusting accordingly for the rest of the rolls?

Any advice you might have as well as any idea as to what the film will look like after sitting for 13 years undeveloped would be greatly appreciated.
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#2 Antti Näyhä

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:07 AM

I have found an old undeveloped roll of K40 and sent it for processing, on two different occasions. Both times the film came back completely clear. Note, though, that these rolls were a bit older than yours; something like 15–25 years.

As suggested, pulling might make more sense than pushing, although I have no experience on this.
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#3 Andres Pardo aka Gral Treegan

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:18 AM

the best thing to do is send them to FILM RESCUE INTERNATIONAL (google it)

they are experts in developing that!
bests!
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Hi all, I originally posted this in the 8mm board but have only gotten 1 reply. Hopefully this is the more appropriate board for this topic (Thanks Andries)

Here are the Facts:
-We have 5 Rolls of Kodachrome 40 Type A
-Exposed on Fresh Stock in Late 1997)
-Shot at concerts ( ranging from Clubs, to even squats)
-Stored in a dark closet
-About to be shipped and processed + transferred at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, KS

Here are the Questions:
-Should it be Pushed, Pulled, or Processed as is?
- Would you recommend risking processing one roll normally, and adjusting accordingly for the rest of the rolls?

Any advice you might have as well as any idea as to what the film will look like after sitting for 13 years undeveloped would be greatly appreciated.


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#4 Antti Näyhä

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:09 AM

Not surprisingly, Film Rescue states that they can't process Kodachrome into color film anymore:
http://www.filmrescu...#KodachromeAgfa

However, they do offer a service where Kodachrome is processed as a B&W neg. You might get some more tonal range this way, if color is not important in your specific case. For color processing, Dwayne's is still the only option in the world.

Whatever you end up doing, be sure to post your experiences here!

Also – and this goes for both of you guys – please change your display name to your real name, as required by the forum rules.
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#5 Jim Carlile

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:56 PM

There will be a slight magenta shift and the image will be a bit washed out.

Why don't you send in one roll as a test, at normal development? I think it will be fine. Or you can ask Dwayne's what they think....
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#6 Brian Tannenbaum

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 02:16 PM

Hey guys thanks for all of the helpful replies. We did wind up sending one roll of the least valuable material to Dwayne's, the beginning of the roll came back magenta hued but with very faint ghostly images. The rest of the roll came back totally blown out but we're salvaging it to make our own Film Filter for the editing process. We just sent off another roll to Dwayne's today with an order to pull 2 stops. Thanks so much for the Film Rescue recommendation, we'll try them next if this next roll from Dwayne's comes back too overexposed and purple as well. Having it processed in black and white is a sacrifice we're willing to make if we get better images off of the film.
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