How to process Dixons Colorprint 2?

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  1. dsayed

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    Whilst back in the UK recently, I came across two old rolls of exposed 35mm colour print film. One was clearly marked C41. The other has no processing information. The only thing on it is "Dixons Colorprint 2". The address for processing is Dixons Colour Labs in Hertfordshire, England, which is apparently the same outfit as Truprint.
    Does anyone know how I would get this processed?
     
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    Although it may not be marked as so, I'd guess that the Colorprint film is also processed in C41?

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    Take them into Dixons and ask, they are a camera store after all :D

    On the other hand I think they forgot what film is :smile: Just take them into any local minilab they'll process them.

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    Thanks Mike - It is certainly possible. But I recall that some of the films that you would get for "free" actually required special processing. Seattle Film Works was one of these in the US. I don't recall whether Truprint or Dixons was in that category in the UK.
     
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    Ian - I took it to my local lab who wouldn't touch it without knowing what it was, claiming it would ruin their machine. I'll try a different one that claims to be a camera store as opposed to a drugstore.
    Going into Dixons isn't an option as I no longer live in the UK and as you point out, they seem to have forgotten what film is, which is strangely ironic given their beginnings.
     
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    Dixons didn't ever sell repacked movie film, so it's standard processing, it would be own brand most likely 3M/Ferannia it may say made in Italy, otherwise Agfa.

    I think Dixons Color Print 2 was C41 as well.

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    Could it not take a European pre-C-41 process?
     
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    Unlikely, but possible, Dixons had a long standing contract with 3M for film going back to the 60's.

    There's something about the "Colourprint 2" part, I think Boots sold their first C41 film (also 3M) with that part in the name as well. If I was in the UK I'd look in an old Amateur Photographer and see what films Dixon's were listing.

    Labs used to have a chart telling them what films were C22 or C41, or other because not all own brands put the process on the films.

    Ian
     
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    What color is the base side? ECN-2 emulsions have the Remjet coating which is very very black as opposed to the browner antihalation layers on the normal C41 film. The test is to put a tiny bit of the leader into developer. If you can wipe of black sludge from the film after 15 seconds it is ECN-2 movie film and not normal negative film.
     
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    Dixon's films were never ECN-2. The only company selling/using movie film was TriFCA in the UK. Dixon's own brand films were 3M.

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    And before that Dynachrome non-substantive films, sold as Prinzcolor.
     
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    Thanks all. I did a bit more research on this. Prinzcolor as well as the Boots films apparently are to processed using C-22. Since Prinz was a Dixons house brand, I assume that the Dixons Colorprint 2 film would also be C-22.
    There are three outfits in the US who do that, the most promising appears to be Film Rescue International. All of them are small batch processors and in the case of Film Rescue, their next batch is going to be processed on November 2nd, so if I get the film to them I should get previews back (if there's anything to be got back...) in about a month.
     
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    Prinzcolor was a Dixons' brand used for different films they obtained from different manufacturers.