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Ektachrome 160 (process em26) & VNF


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#1 John Rizzo

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 11:49 AM

Does anyone know if it is possible to get these films processed as color as color negative or any process for that matter?


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#2 Mark Dunn

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 11:54 AM

Only as B/W neg reliably.

EM-26 is extinct but VNF-1 isn't worlds away from E6. The colour balance will be off but since the stock is pretty ancient anyway that may not matter too much, assuming a lab will take it on.

Are you trying to develop exposed film, or use raw stock? If the latter think twice about using anything so old.


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#3 John Rizzo

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 12:25 PM

Hi Mark

 

these are both exposed already.

 

Spectra lab said they can do the VNF

 

you are saying the EM 26 can get processed as b/w negative?


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#4 Josh Gladstone

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:16 PM

Yes! In fact, here's an example of an already exposed, found cartridge of Ektachrome 160 I hand-processed as a negative in D-76:

 


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#5 David Cunningham

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 03:35 PM

Hey jack!

Martin Baumgarten's Plattsburgh photo can do the em26 as color reversal, but like has been mentioned, it's hit or miss depending on the condition of the film.

If it has been in a freezer for its existence and was then thawed and shot last week it would probably come out pretty good. But, if it's been sitting in a desk draw or something like that for 20-30 years it's going to be very foggy and color shifted if there is an image at all.

If this were a case of someone got a large supply of this stock I would do a test shoot of one cart and go from there. If this is old film with old images so the primary concern is the best image possible I would do b&w negative. That's the safest. That film can even be processed as ecn-2 with color shift and grain bump.

The VNF done at spectra is great but all the same as above apply. I can promise a color shift (likely pink or purple) no matter what just due to the low quality of all the VNF films in the first place. They were definitely not meant to last long.
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#6 David Cunningham

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 03:43 PM

Here is a great pro8mm example of processing em26 as e6 and as ecn2.

http://m.youtube.com...h?v=J1JsQAr3bsU
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#7 Christopher Gorski

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:37 AM

I shot Ektachrome 160 ('97 exp. I believe) S8, shot and hand-processed it in E6 (Tenetal kit) with a remjet prebath (mostly borax). Heavy green hue.  https://vimeo.com/97675171. I don't think it's included in this, but the reds are pretty outstanding.


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#8 Andries Molenaar

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 03:59 AM

EM-26 can easily be processed in E-6 chemistry at home. The only trouble is getting the remjet off.

Some labs can do it too.

 

VNF-1 can be E-6 processed too but the developer is best enhanced with an additive to boost coloursaturation.


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