I have been investigating how one might make single color plates or color prints using information and chemicals available to anyone. Well, the information is there, but the chemicals are hard to get.
I have asked the Formulary, and they can get most any chemical you might want that is not restricted, but the cost is something else. So, until we have a real source via organic synthesis, this is a non-viable route. I do have synthetic routes to some easily used couplers and the structures of some dyes for dye bleach. If there are any organic chemists out there, I will be glad to post some information.
I have also asked 2 other companies, and one rather ignored me for the most part except for simple chemicals and the other is sluggish to say the least. I am working on sourcing things.
I don't remember it already being discussed in this thread but do you happen to know if there has also been a good decline in the demand for camera films lately?
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Without claiming to be an organic chemist, let me encourage you to post things. If an organic chemist materializes then they will find it.
It\'s always better to have too much information than too little. Or at least it\'s easier to sort with too much than fill in from too little.
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A good decline? Explain how a decline can be good first before I post.
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
I know I'm in a minority here, but I care more about the availability of E-6 than C-41. In your view, PE, does slide film benefit from the economies of scale offered by the cine business, or is it already pulling its own weight, as it were? (I assume it's making *some* money for Kodak and Fuji, because, you know, still available.)
Would a real crash in the cine film market have serious fallout for slide films---because of chemical availability, or whatever---or is it really only an issue for the C-41?
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Originally Posted by ntenny
You are totally off the mark. Sorry.
All non-cine films at Kodak are dependent on cine. So, a crash in the cine market will affect everything.
There is a minimum coating "size" that applies to all films regardless of type. That is basically one master roll! If you fall below this in consumption, then the product is dying or dead! This is regardless of type.
E6 products are lower at EK than C41 products in terms of consumption, but not in production. Two different aspects. Therefore EK is making enough of both product types to justify production of them, but E6 products are very low in that scale of things. Kodachrome fell off the bottom and now is "retired". So, as production falls, we approach that limit, whatever it may be. So far we are not there.
Rejoice and use Kodak E6 films if you like them.
Don\'t count me out yet. I\'ve spent the last few years assembling a small lab to work in.
So within a few more months there will be 6. (But right now I have to replace the blower motor on the air handler which just died this past Sunday. )
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I just turned 20 today, and since I was about 17 or 18 I have been a film photographer and seriously interested in the quantum physics and organic chemistry (technical understanding is just as important as the creative concept of an image!). I have studied very old texts from my university for the past year or so regarding photographic theory, coating and making emulsion, emulsion types and processes, as well as many other parts of photographic chemistry and sensitometry. If hand coating anything is what it takes for me to be able to shoot and print, then I will gladly become the 6th or 7th member of that group of 5 or 6. I may be young, but this is my passion, and I wont let a paradigm shift decide what makes me happy.