Confused about data code on Eastman 5366

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    On most stocks made in the last decade, I can normally I can read the date of manufacture without having to consult Pub. TI-2660. But after re-reading it over and over I'm confused about the date of manufacture of the 5366 I've got on hand. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My guess is at least fifteen years old if not older.

    Somehow I feel having been going to many a pub this past holiday has something to do with me not being able to read the Pub. :confused:
     

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    That is an InK FOOTAGE number. This was placed on the back of some B&W stocks before the Current Key CODE system was in use. the only hidden info is the D indicates the Film type. the 31 indicates what machine printed the numbers and the numbers climb with every occurrence.
     
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    thanks cmacd123. I see the last digits go up sequentially. Just for curiosity would you happen to know when did the current key code system come to use? early 00s?
     
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    yurisrey, do not have to be concerned about the age of Eastman 5366.
    I have dup positive Orwo DP 3 from 30 years old and works well.
    Low sensitivity films are affected very little by age.
    However, not only the age is important.
    Counts and storage conditions.
    If it was kept in an area without excessive moisture and temperature around 20 C is fine.
    In my opinion is that you will not have problems.

    George
     
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    thanks georgegrosu and AgX. It's funny I had Valca from the 60s (6 DIN) that went through a sorts of temp variations, I shot my last roll of it 2011, and it too had very little difference when comparing it to my father's pics from 40 years before.
     
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    Key code was phased in around 1990 or so, at least that is where the Date codes start, in the last several years they have wised up and started to use the actual year.

    http://motion.kodak.com/motion/Tools/Post_Production/Keykode/id.htm#y

    Older stocks used a set of two or three characters on the actual laten image edge Print "Eastman S'AFETY Film ***"

    see http://www.film-tech.com/ubb/f1/t011524.html

    OH and I recently have discovered that film marked KOD,AK is made in Colorado, while KOD'AK is made by Kodak Limited in the UK.
     
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    thanks for the links cmacd123
     
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    thanks for the help everyone, just processed a test roll, I like the look of this stock in-camera. f4 @ 1/8. Spotmatic. Dektol 1:7, 7 min. (low res scan)

    5336_5_6005.jpg
     

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    Looks great! what if anything did the edge printing say? is the film fresh or long term storage?
     
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    Thanks. Film's slow and blue sensitive (i measured @ 6) but well worth the tight grain. Unfortunately, four rolls in & no luck in determining the age as all that's printed are the ink footage #s. My guess is at least from the late eighties judging from the graphic design on the can.