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The new Kodak Ektachrome is real - we developed four rolls of the new film Monday.... for real. Yes, really. Our lab was part of the 'Trade process test' for the new film. Kodak sent three rolls of the new Ektachrome film to us for lab testing in a real world film lab environment to see how it performs. The rolls were exposed with 2 test strip patterns per roll. The test patterns were composed of a gradient of exposures, ranging from way overexposed (almost clear) to way underexposed (almost black). The film did not have any frame edge detail or any notations of film type on the rolls, but they were the NEW Kodak Ektachrome!
When Kodak first contacted us about doing this testing for them they were planning to keep this very confidential (as in signing a confidentiality agreement), but at the last minute they told us that it's OK to spread the word. So, EKTACHROME exists... it's real. Since the film was exposed only with the test patterns I can't tell much about it, other than this: when we developed it, it had the characteristic Ektachrome film base color as it dried. Stay tuned for more later, if anything else 'develops.'
2/14/18 Old, expired film.
Since our February film developing sale is in full swing we often get calls from customers with expired film (like 10+ years old) wanting to know if their picture will still turn out. The short answer is 'probably' As the film ages past it's expiration date it loses contrast, get grainy, and the colors can shift.
How much quality the film loses really depends on how it was stored: The best 'old film' was stored in a cool dark place. But, the good news is that we can usually get pretty good prints even from very old film - the pictures just might not be as good as they would have been back years ago when the film was fresh. But the images never really go away, they just fade. So, now's the time to get your old film developed - don't wait!
1/13/18 Ektachrome is on
track for a 2018 release.
Check out this audio clip from Kodak engineers on the progress being made on the new Ektachome slide film: https://soundcloud.com/the-kodakery/update-from-our-film-factory-on-kodak-ektachrome They're testing and fine tuning the production so hopefully we'll see it soon.
12/22/17 The most popular
photo gifts this Christmas.
Well the busy shopping season is almost gone and the traditional photographic print is still the king. People love getting pictures as gifts! Wow, we printed a lot of pictures to be given as gifts - family pictures, pet pictures, vacation pictures, you name it. Also, with the continuing popularity of film photography, rolls of film will be filling stockings this year for sure. We look forward to developing your film after Christmas and all year long in 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
12/9/17 Fujifilm USA has
some very cool photo paper...
We have been experimenting with this paper and getting it set up in our lab, and now it's available for YOUR prints. This photo paper is printed on our Frontier, so it's a real chemical-developed silver based paper. It's super flat finish and velvet-smooth surface makes for some very unique prints. Give it a try, you'll like it.
11/17/17 Ektachrome is
coming, but still no date.
We're waiting.... Kodak has said that they will release the NEW Kodak Ektachrome this fall, but still no news. Once it is available to order we will have it in stock! It's going to be nice to have an alternative to Fuji Velvia and Provia (which we truly love), and maybe the new Kodak slide film will have a warmer color cast like the old Ektachrome E100GX. Here's a link to some news: https://petapixel.com/2017/09/13/return-kodak-ektachrome-film-nigh/ But for now, we'll just have to wait.
11/11/17 Rewind your 35mm film
the right way.
OK, over the past few weeks we have seen quite a few rolls of film with the sprocket edges torn off. This makes it almost impossible to develop and print or scan the film, but it can be easily avoided:
Almost all 35mm cameras feature a rewind button or lever that releases the film from the camera's film drive system to allow the film to be rewound into the canister. All you need to do is press and hold this button or flip the lever when you rewind the film - it's much smoother this way! The rewind button is located on the bottom of most cameras, but if you can't find the button it should be a quick Google search away.
10/13/17 Well we now have
We are going to try to provide a little insight into what goes into making your pictures from behind the scenes at our photo lab, along with some other photo-geek stuff. At Process One we still process film and we still make prints with chemicals in big complicated machines. Of course we do all the digital photo stuff as well, and I like to think we’re pretty good at it. After all we’ve been doing it since 1984.
The keyboard smells a little right now – I mixed chemicals today and no matter how hard I try I can’t get the smell of Ilford black & white non-hardening fixer off of my hands. That’s what we do – mix chemicals, fix the machines when they break and answer the phone, all with photo chemistry on our hands. That’s just normal for life in the photo lab.
We’ll try to keep this going, if you're interested. In the mean time we will be making your photos for you, smelly chemicals and all.
Till next time…
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