Jump to content


Kodak Vision 500T, expired. Need advice.

kodak vision 500t film 16mm

  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Vadim Trofymenko

Vadim Trofymenko
  • Guests

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?

Posted Image
  • 0

#2 Matthew W. Phillips

Matthew W. Phillips
  • Sustaining Members
  • 1792 posts
  • Other

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.
  • 0

#3 Vadim Trofymenko

Vadim Trofymenko
  • Guests

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.
  • 0

#4 Vadim Trofymenko

Vadim Trofymenko
  • Guests

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?
  • 0

#5 John Holland

John Holland
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2286 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • London England

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:50 AM

TOTAL DARKNESS !!
  • 0

#6 Matthew W. Phillips

Matthew W. Phillips
  • Sustaining Members
  • 1792 posts
  • Other

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.
  • 0

#7 Vadim Trofymenko

Vadim Trofymenko
  • Guests

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

Thanks guys.
  • 0

#8 Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2800 posts
  • Other
  • London

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.
  • 0

#9 Vadim Trofymenko

Vadim Trofymenko
  • Guests

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.
  • 0

#10 Chris Burke

Chris Burke
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1754 posts
  • Boston, MA

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.
  • 0

#11 Vadim Trofymenko

Vadim Trofymenko
  • Guests

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.
  • 0

#12 John Salim

John Salim
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 201 posts
  • Other
  • Essex, UK

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?

Posted Image


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

John S ;)
  • 0

#13 Daniel Klockenkemper

Daniel Klockenkemper
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles, CA

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.
  • 0



Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: kodak, vision 500t, film, 16mm

Aerial Filmworks

FJS International, LLC

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

The Slider

Glidecam

Technodolly

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Visual Products

rebotnix Technologies

Tai Audio

Wooden Camera

Paralinx LLC

Ritter Battery

CineLab

Willys Widgets

Metropolis Post

CineTape

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Abel Cine

Rig Wheels Passport

CineTape

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Willys Widgets

Ritter Battery

Paralinx LLC

Abel Cine

Broadcast Solutions Inc

FJS International, LLC

CineLab

Rig Wheels Passport

Wooden Camera

rebotnix Technologies

Aerial Filmworks

Visual Products

Glidecam

Technodolly

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Tai Audio

Metropolis Post

The Slider