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    Will running E6 through a minilab mess anything up?

    I want to try running a roll of E6 through C41 because I heard you get some interesting negatives this way. I don't want to mess up my local minilab's machines and have them ban me or anything, though. Will it contaminate the chemistry for other users?
    f/22 and be there.

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    I don't think it will, but if you go to a place like CVS or WalMart they probably won't cross process because they won't understand it.
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    It will not hurt it, but as Ektagraphic says, it may be rejected by the lab out of fear, uncertainty and doubt.

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    Check your lab's policy first. I've found some minilabs locally won't process anything that doesn't have "C-41" explicitly printed on the film canister, some will want to charge you extra for "cross-processing" (even though they're not doing anything they wouldn't normally do, and no damage is incurred), and some (usually the more knowledgable or possibly the most lazy) won't care.
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    I know some won't process C-41 B&W film like BW400CN.

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    Not to reawaken a discussion that got ugly, but I'm now confused about the technical photographic aspects. Didn't some of our well-informed members express their concern, in another thread, that an E-6 film should not be relabelled as C-41 to aid cross-processing, precisely because it could have some effects on the processing lab that would make them want to handle cross-processing separately from "true" C-41 films?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    Not to reawaken a discussion that got ugly, but I'm now confused about the technical photographic aspects. Didn't some of our well-informed members express their concern, in another thread, that an E-6 film should not be relabelled as C-41 to aid cross-processing, precisely because it could have some effects on the processing lab that would make them want to handle cross-processing separately from "true" C-41 films?

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    Something sticks in my head that a fuji rep once told me something on the order of 5-10% of daily throughput could be e-6 crossed in c-41 without harm to chemistry, beyond that and it has some effect. If this is true, then it is important for the lab to know simply to keep track of how much they have crossed in a day.

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    I cross-processed a roll of Sensia by taking it to Walgreens, ordering a DO, and playing dumb. They didn't even question it. Got back the sleeved negatives, sans amber mask, of course.

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    I'm about 90% certain if I kept my mouth shut, that they would run it through. One of them told me about a lady that brought black and white film in and it developed perfectly clear, mysteriously. I don't know if they even know there are different film processes.
    f/22 and be there.

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    We ran lots of cross process film went I was in a commercial lab. The only issue was sometimes it "Freaked" the technician who pulled the film from the dryer if he or she didn't know what was going on. They would run to the supervisor with panic on their face.
    Once we ran 15 rolls of 120 in one run. Never saw any changes in our charts or test strips. I would suggest you find a commercial lab in your area or neighbor city. Call and explain what you are doing.
    I think you can also process your film yourself to? I recall a fellow who did accelerated E-6. He processed his film in a very strong B&W devo then take the film in our E-6 dip and dunk line and place the film in the color tank to finish the process. What he got was a super grainy, high polarized images. It was fun but I'm not suggesting this for you.
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