Where to develop Kodacolor 620?

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  1. pesphoto

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    My dad emailed me saying a friend of his found a roll of this film in his father's old camera and was wondering where he could get this developed.
    I am not familiar with this film , was it b/w or color? IF b/w can I process it myself with my HC110, Rodinal, etc? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    It is color, the current kit is C41, if it old it may be C22. Any idea how old the film is?
     
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    I dont know how old, but Im guessing it goes back a ways. Thanks

    Does anyone do C22 process any more or can he use C41?
     
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    I think there is lab that specilaizes in older color processes called Rocky Mountain Lab or Photo. Ought to show up on a thread search.
     
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    There are plenty of published C22 developer formulae, if you want to have a go yourself I can post one here.

    There is a company in the US, Rock Mountain ??? something or other who process old colour film. There's one here in the UK too.

    Ian
     
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    ok, thanks. I'll do another search
     
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    Yep, I'd say Rocky Mountain Lab will be able to do it for you. Post your results if you get anything too, sounds fun.
     
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    Rockymountain should be fine. :smile:

    Just a note for anyone else with old Kodacolor....if it's marked C-22, don't let anyone accidently use C-41 process, it won't work.

    620 film is no longer made, but is the same as 120 with a thinner spool. Might be worth asking for the empty spool back, they are useful for collectors who want to rewind a 120 film to use an old camera.
     
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    Do you know what the cutoff date was for C22 vs C41 processing?
     
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    Back in the '70s.
     
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    I think C41 was introduced in 1977. If its C22 it'll say Kodacolor X.
    Any markings on the film?
    Mark
     
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    Not strictly true, if you use a pre-hardening bath and lower than usual temperatures then a C22 film can be processed in C41 developer. The colour curves won't be perfect but people used to get acceptable results.

    The horror stories arise because if a C22 film gets into a C41 commercial system the un-hardened film comes of its base with the higher processing temperature and leaves a mess of gunk on any other films being processed.

    Ian
     
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    Hi MArk, I havent seen the film, but IM told it says kodacolor 620, but without seeing it I can tsay for sure. Will try to find out.
    Like your website by the way.
     
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    The C-41 process was introduced to the public in 1972.
     
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    According to Wikipedia, C-41 was introduced in 1972 with Kodacolor II film; however, it was initially released only in 110 format, with other formats converting to C-41 from C-22 in 1973. Of course, even if the film was bought after 1973, it could be it was old stock C-22. I'd imagine your best bet would be to examine the roll for "process C-41," "process C-22," or similar markings. Failing that, Kodacolor II was C-41 whereas Kodacolor and Kodacolor-X were C-22, at least according to Wikipedia. Those are easy distinctions to miss, though.

    Note that any color film of this age is likely to produce poor results. You might prefer trying to process it in B&W chemicals to get a B&W image. This might produce better (but obviously non-color) images.
     
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    I believe that C-41 was introduced in 1972 or thereabouts?
     
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    Interesting stuff, thanks everyone.....
     
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    The label on the film wrapper might say "Process C-41" or "C-22".