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#1 John Rizzo

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:17 PM

Hi

Does anyone know if there is a lab capable of processing 16mm in a C41 bath?, We have a client with 20 rolls of Kodak Infrared Film. He had some snip test clips processed in a dip and dunk C41 set up and the image came out fine, when you process the film in a ECN 2 bath the base comes out with a cyan tint which effects the overall image. This client has a lot of experience in shooting infrared stills and now would like to try it in 16mm. any thought would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:35 PM


Does anyone know if there is a lab capable of processing 16mm in a C41 bath?, This client has a lot of experience in shooting infrared stills and now would like to try it in 16mm. any thought would be greatly appreciated.


Many of the larger stills labs used to use continuous C-41 processors. The iflm was spliced together and run as a roll though the machine, and often the entire batch was then printed into paper prints before the splices were cut and the film returned to the indicidual customers. Often the machine are capable of Both 35mm and 16mm as "Pocket Instamatic" size 110 film is or was 16mm wide.

The labs may be a bit concerned with cross contamination with unusual films. was the film intended for e-6, or for some special process? Big labs like Dwaynes, Fuji or Dale in florida may still be running these machines.
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#3 Jock Blakley

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:33 PM

What infrared film is it in particular? Ektachrome Infrared Film (EIR) is designed for E-6, and to the best of my knowledge that was the main 16mm IR stock Kodak made.

Alternatively if it's one of the Aerochrome films then it's intended to create reversal images in Process AR-5, but can also run with some colour differences in E-6. Process in AN-6 or C-41 to receive negatives.

You will have more luck finding a 16mm E-6 lab than any of these others, but as Charles points out still minilabs that retain the capability for 110 film should be able to run this film.

The key thing to note is that LABORATORIES USE INFRARED LIGHT TO VIEW FILM DURING LOADING AND SOMETIMES ALSO IN THE PROCESSING MACHINE.

You'll need to find a lab that can work without any IR light, and actually do so when you ask them to.
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