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#1 Alan Peralta

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 04:42 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...5#ht_500wt_1054

^^^^ Would this film still work?

My grandfather gave me his 1952 Bell & Howell 200ee and I want to be able to use it...
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#2 Jock Blakley

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 05:47 PM

I would be highly doubtful, given its age.

In any case, colour processing for any type of Kodachrome film has been unavailable now for a year, and for many many years for that particular type of Kodachrome.
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#3 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 04:28 AM

They stopped making 16mm pre-loaded magazines like that many years ago, they would all be unuseable now.

It's possible to reload an old magazine with fresh stock but it's fiddly (especially in total darkness!), requires double perforated film and some basic film handling skills, so not something I'd recommend for a beginner.

However some companies sell reloaded magazines with a limited range of stocks, or will reload them with any double perf stock beyond a certain minimum order.

See for example: http://www.alangordo...cam16_mags.html
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#4 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:03 PM

It's possible to reload an old magazine with fresh stock but it's fiddly (especially in total darkness!), requires double perforated film and some basic film handling skills, so not something I'd recommend for a beginner.
However some companies sell reloaded magazines with a limited range of stocks, or will reload them with any double perf stock beyond a certain minimum order.


The empty cartridges DO come up from time to time. and sometimes surplus stock comes up that is from the last decade and is still usable - Fellow in Georgia under the name Java Photo seems to list some Plus-x B&W that has been frozen for years from time to time on e-bay.

The cartridges were designed by someone very cleaver, and do things like draw the film over the same sprocket twice, they need double perf film which is generally a special order item. They are very complicated to reload.
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