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#1 Vadim Trofymenko

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

Hello, just got a 400' reel of 16mm film, Kodak Vision 500T. On the back of the can it says Copyright 1988, so I guess it was made in 1988. Therefore it is 24 years old now. Wow!
It sealed around the can with yellow tape, I'm not sure if it's original.

Can I shoot it?

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#2 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:31 AM

Absolutely, you can shoot it!

Someone on here awhile ago shot stock older than that...it was 35mm EXR stock I believe and it was from the early 80s. Expect blue fog and overexpose it by at least 2 stops. I would rate the stock at about 100-125t myself.
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#3 Vadim Trofymenko

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:36 AM

Absolutely, you can shoot it!

Someone on here awhile ago shot stock older than that...it was 35mm EXR stock I believe and it was from the early 80s. Expect blue fog and overexpose it by at least 2 stops. I would rate the stock at about 100-125t myself.


That the answer I was looking for Matthew! Thanks.
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#4 Vadim Trofymenko

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

One more question tho. It asks to be loaded in total darkness. I heard some people do load film with light, but unload in total darkness. Is this true?
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:50 AM

TOTAL DARKNESS !!
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#6 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

That roll needs to be loaded and unloaded in total darkness, like John said. The film you are referring to are "daylight" spools that are generally 100'. The 400' roll you have takes a core and must be loaded in total darkness.
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#7 Vadim Trofymenko

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

Thanks guys.
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#8 Mark Dunn

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:43 AM

If it says total darkness it's not on a daylight spool which would be the only exception. There's nothing in that black bag except film on a core.
The original tape would have the stock specification printed on it.
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#9 Vadim Trofymenko

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:48 AM

If it says total darkness it's not on a daylight spool which would be the only exception. There's nothing in that black bag except film on a core.
The original tape would have the stock specification printed on it.


On the tape it says only "7279 164 048,1 1R", that's all.
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#10 Chris Burke

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:37 AM

the 1988 may not be the year of manufacture. It might be from the mid 90's instead. either way, do a clip test so you know where you stand. Over expose by at least one stop. Have fun.
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#11 Vadim Trofymenko

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:42 AM

Thanks guys for all your replies. I need this film to do camera tests only, I will post results hopefully here somewhere in January.
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#12 John Salim

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Hello, just got a 400' reel of 16mm film, Kodak Vision 500T. On the back of the can it says Copyright 1988, so I guess it was made in 1988. Therefore it is 24 years old now. Wow!
It sealed around the can with yellow tape, I'm not sure if it's original.

Can I shoot it?

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The tiny 'Kodak copyright' text at the bottom is only for the label design.

John S ;)
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#13 Daniel Klockenkemper

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

http://www.motion.ko...Today/index.htm

Vision 500T was introduced in 1996 and discontinued in 2005/2006.
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