Processing found 116 film.
I bought a Kodak No. 1A Junior Model A folder and it arrived yesterday. To my surprise when I opened the camera there was a roll of exposed 116 film completely wound on the take up spool. I want to process it but I would like some suggestions on the best way to process the film. I do not have a 116 reel but I do have an adjustable reel that goes as far as 120 and I can expand it to the size of the film, I'm thinking of using some kind of tape on the reel stem to hold it in place then manually rolling the film but that may not be the best idea if the chemicals start to eat away at the tape and the developer and fix become contaminated.
The spool that the film was on when new is wooden so that obviously indicates the film is quite old. I'm not sure when Kodak stopped using wooden spools.
The only developer I have with me at the moment is Adonal (Rodinal). I did process a very old roll of 127 (probably from late 1930s) this past spring with Rodinal and I there were a couple of images on it that my Epson scanner was able bring up.
I am thinking of pre soaking it for about 5 minutes and using Adonal 1/25 for about 8 minutes.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Hope you get some images -
I've found that old film sometimes has a lot of "spring" from being wound up for decades. Sometimes so much it's hard to put on the reel. I've found that unreeling the film (in the dark, of course) and putting it in a developing tank (without reel) for a few hours can help the film "relax" so it's easier to roll onto the reel. I've also had old film break when trying to unreel it - but it was probably hopeless anyway. Good luck.