If it can be done in Germany, I'm definitely in!
What do you consider a long turnaround time? I'm in Finland and I consistently get my films back in 9-14 days, usually exactly 10. (If I mail a film on Monday when I've been shooting over the weekend, I get it back next week's Thursday.)
Originally Posted by Steve Roberts
Quality has always been excellent for me; the occasional water spot is the only thing I could complain about.
I very much doubt that could happen. Kodak are not interested in another K-14 lab. K-14 needs good volume to maintain consistent quality; that's part of the reason Kodak closed down lab after lab and now direct everything to Dwayne's.
Presumably this would need the blessing/co-operation of Kodak, if only to facilitate the issues relating to the fact that Kodachrome is normally sold in the UK (and presumably the rest of Europe) with processing included in the film's cost.
I would continue to use Dwayne's as I've been very happy with their service, but if this German lab could process 120 film, that would be very exciting, as StorminMatt has noted.
For the first time in my life I just bought two Kodachrome 64 films.
I want to test this film while on holiday next summer.
If I like the pictures, maybe I’ll try to ‘Ilfochrome’ some of them myself.
Ilfochrome paper and chemicals can be ordered in Berlin (Fotoimpex)
So for the time being I really hope the film isn’t discontinued.
If someone is trying to setup a Kodachrome processing facility in Germany I wish him all the luck.
As a few others have said here: if he could do Kodachrome 120 I would be willing to send film from Texas to Deutchland. Bitte, bitte!
Maybe all 120 affiliados should drop a question about development at Dwayne's. Maybe this company is willing to give it a try.
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I can't say I have had alot of water spots from Dwayne's. My only gripe with Dwayne's is the occasional scratched slide.
Originally Posted by Fredrik Sandstrom
It's been discussed many times in previous threads, Dwayne's (or anyone else) just doesn't have the equipment for this size.
Originally Posted by Robbedoes
As a Kodachrome enthusiast, I regret it as much as anyone, but 120 Kodachrome is long dead and gone.
(Keep shooting 35mm K64, and support Kodak and Dwayne's, so that we don't lose what's left!)
Iím just starting with this film. Maybe Iíll become addictive :-)
Originally Posted by railwayman3
Kind of poll:
Scanning Kodachrome 64 (good, bad, excellent)
Ilfochromes from Kodachrome 64 (Nice, awesome, awefull)
Considering we don't have any clue of the exact equipment that our German friend has, its a bit of a moot point until he enlightens us.
Originally Posted by railwayman3
He may have got his hands on a K-Lab, in which case AFAIK, that will be 35mm only, or if he's adapting other machinery, that could be a whole different ballgame.
My 10p worth, Dwaynes is geared for volume, so asking them to attempt anything wider than 35mm would be a tall ask. If in Germany, Uli is looking at more bespoke work, it may be more readily considered.
Unfortunately, unless he gets in contact, and gives us an idea of what his plans are, even if only in theory, we are all playing a game of "What if"
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All it would take to process 120 is to hang out over at dwaynes collecting the overflow from the tanks until you had 500 ml of chemistry (probably about 5 minutes) and then setting up a sink line. The main issue is that the film has to be removed from the reel, exposed to a controlled light source, and reloaded no fewer than 2 or 3 times throughout the process, depending on if you load it onto the reel before the remjet removal step. It is quite feasible but doing it without the proper machines (they do not exist anymore) is a major PITA and extremely time consuming.
I have a brick of 120 in my freezer which has been frozen since in date back in 1988 which I'm told is good if you rate it at ISO 50 instead of 64. AFAIK my experiments confirm this. I might give this another shot monday.
It's 99.9% likely that our friend has acquired a K-lab, which would be unfortunate because it's a very expensive paperweight by this point. If he does actually have a larger machine or a special larger machine that can process 120, that could be interesting, but he still has to get/make chemistry for it. Unfortunately, diverting the entire european K14 from dwaynes industry would probably not fare well for kodachrome in general.