super8 colour neg processing
Posted 19 October 2005 - 09:09 AM
Posted 19 October 2005 - 09:37 AM
There is no neg lab in australia that currently offers super8 neg processing. Just how difficult would it be for a lab set up for 16mm and 35mm to offer super8 neg processing. Same chemicals. And its not an issue of sprockets. I believe it is something to do with ajusting tension ... but I don't know how much of an obstacle that is. Could it at least be attempted on a 16mm machine? I wonder if it is an issue of the film breaking during processing.
The machine used would need to be "tendency" drive, using soft touch tires. Any rollers would need to be properly undercut for 8mm film. Unless the machine is purpose-built for 8mm, a film twist could easily occur on rollers wider than the film. Likewise, tensions need to be carefully controlled so as to not break the film or splices.
Posted 19 October 2005 - 05:44 PM
Unfortunately, I don't believe there is enough super-8 negative work in Australia to make it a viable proposition for any of the commercial laboratories to set up a dedicated machine with completely different rollers, tension settings, replenisher rates etc. It's one of the penalties of being a relatively small population relatively far away from other populations. But someone with a passion and a spare processing machine may always prove me wrong!