I have used this film a lot in past years and really liked it but the latest batch I got is really terrible. It has the print through problem with a Rolleicord, no red window, all over the image, plus very bad dappling of the negative. So it's pretty much not usable. The rolls are undated so might be quite old, or perhaps were not stored properly for a while. Not all the rolls in the package of ten are that way, some are fine. Gonna have to find another favorite methinks.
On second thought....After shooting eight of the ten rolls I had it was clear only my old Rolleicord was having the problem, not the Yashica or Richoflex. A further web search found someone who said the problem is caused by not having enough tension in the film. I don't really see the connection but it was easy to bend the little tension tab harder against the supply reel to increase film tension. I shot another roll thus with the Rolleicord and, bingo!, no more print through. Don't understand it but it worked. Try it.
On the ultra fine film, it's the ink on the backing, and it looks like it might be the black part of the backing, as where the white numbers are seems to look better.
I used multiple cameras, multiple backs, multiple exposures and 10 rolls of film from different boxes purchased on 2 different orders, and all of them have the issue. I also tried a different developer when I saw how bad the first few rolls were looking. So this has nothing to do with red windows in cameras. This film is junk pure and simple. I did 2 days of shooting with the stuff. I used it in a shoot where I should have known better than to use the cheap stuff but I had it and used it.
For me the real killer to this film was not the number transfer problem, but mottled emulsion. Take a loupe and look at, say the sky or even lit area of the negative and you'll see the pattern. I only use it to test a new camera or one I've repaired.
Originally Posted by Jeff Searust