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Is it Possible to Date Kodak Film Stock Based on Information on the Can?


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#1 Karl Lee

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 01:22 PM

Just curious if there's a way to determine the manufacturing date or overall age of a Kodak film stock based on the numbers printed on the label and the tape sealing the can.  While I can't image the film code itself is of much help (aside from determining a very rough estimate for discontinued film stocks), I'm curious if there's some kind of reference information that can be used to determine the manufacturing date based on the other data, such as the emulsion, roll, part, and strip numbers.

 

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#2 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 01:31 PM

I was trying to find that information as well. The only thing I found is that you can find the year it was cut by looking at the processed stock. Kodak has their year codes posted on their website.

 

I realize this isnt as helpful as if it was printed on the can (before purchase) but Kodak hasn't released any info on how to tell film age by outer can. Obviously, the years of production for a given stock will give you an idea but still. I am sure Kodak has hidden codes to id the date from what's on the can but it hasn't been released publicly.


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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:31 PM

AFAIK, there is no way of telling from the codes on the can. However, your Kodak rep will be able to tell you.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:43 PM

This Kodak pdf might help:

 

http://motion.kodak....Manufacture.pdf

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#5 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:52 PM

Tim, it appears those codes are latent images, only visible after processing the stock.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:55 PM

I guess if Karl's Kodak rep can't help using the info on the outside of the can, Karl might try snipping off a few feet of film and sending it to a lab.


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