Kodak Electron Image Film

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    So I often peruse the 'specialty films' section and I've always wondered about this film.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...0100_Electron_Image_Film_SO_163.html#features

    I know what it's supposed to do, but I was wondering if it had any ALT-potential? Since it's designed to pick up electrons, is it sensitive to light? And if so, how so....

    Wouldn't it reason that the resolution would be astronomical?

    Curious indeed. Just something to ponder.
     
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    Interesting..... so indeed it can be used as such. Thanks for the link!
     
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    Holmburgers, Ive just been given a box of this film and was told to rate it a ISO6. Because it's 4 x 3 1/4 I was going to load it sideways in my 4x5 filmholders to try it out.
     
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    i wonder if it's related to panatomic-x...
     
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    Awesome! Please let us know how it turns out, and maybe post some examples??

    It might be the slowest speed LF film available today, in a roundabout kind of way.
     
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    It's extremely fine-grained, but it's also orthochormatic... and can be used safely under a dim orange (type OC) safelight. At the EM lab at my university, we soup it for 4 minutes in D-19; I do the same when I shoot it in my Graphic. Examples here.
     
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    I just bought a bunch of boxes of this stuff in the 3.25" x 4" size, labeled "Kodak Electron Imaging Film SO-163," and tried my first test sheet today. It does, in fact, slide into a 4x5 holder in the 4" dimension just fine. Keeping it centered is another problem, though.

    I rated it at EI 12 and developed it in HC-110 dil. B for five minutes in a rotary drum. The base of the tree was spot metered and placed on Zone III, but in the negative (and the scan) it looks more like Zone IV, so next time I will rate the film at EI 25. It could use a bit less development or a higher dilution to tame the contrast, and, being blue sensitive, the skies blew out completely. Close inspection of the scan shows almost zero visible grain. I have some old 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" film holders that I'm going to try using it with next.

    For the record, the packaging states that the film can be handled under Wratten #1 or Kodak GBX-2 safelights (deep red).


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