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    Kodak 5279 Motion Picture film, processed C-41

    Hey everyone!

    Thought I'd share with you all some of my recent results.

    I bulkloaded and shot about 8 or 9 rolls of Kodak 5279 500 ISO Tungsten stock with my trusty Nikon FM SLR, and instead of ECN-2, I tried doing it with C-41 chemicals.

    The images rendered very well, with a strange sickle cell grain (some think it's reticulation, but it's TBD).

    Feel free to check out my set, and to ad me on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonatha...7614573399785/

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    The colors seem accurate, but not as vibrant as you might like. PE commented in another thread that motion picture film is designed for lower contrast than regular print film. That may be part of what is happening here, but I don't think it is the whole story.

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    Interesting grain pattern. What's 'TBD'? Did you develop these at home?

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    Yeah, motion picture is designed for lower contrast for sure to have more correctability in post.

    The TBD is just the fact that a precise explanation of why that grain is present, has yet to surface. Any ideas? Temperature change between developer and blix has been ruled out, as the temperature while I was processing it was well maintained.
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    That is impressive reticulation. It looks like you have a uniform colony of bacteria growing on your film.

    How was your wash? I can't think of how this is possible. I take my color film from the wash at 100 and put it into stabilizer at 68 and it's fine. I also frequently use bleach at room temp after attempting to cool the film (eg removing it from the tank and blowing on it.)

    It's impressive, whatever it is. Try tempering everything perfectly and running another roll through. Even stabilizer.

    The grain picture failed. Sorry. Ignore the attachment.
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    Thank you. That was interesting. There were some shots where the color was very accurate and some that it was off.
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    Both contrast and color balance could be influenced by how the negatives were turned into Web images -- negative scan, traditional print and then flatbed scan, or something more exotic.

    As to the grain/reticulation, I seem to recall hearing that radical pH shifts can also cause reticulation, but these have to be pretty extreme. I've heard of people processing ECN-2 films in C-41 without getting such effects, so I doubt if this is a factor, but I thought I'd toss it out anyhow.

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    None of that looks like reticulation. It looks more like some very grainy film that picked up a bunch of hairs somewhere along the line. Do you have cats?
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    Did you remove the remjet backing before developing the film? I wonder if the "reticulation" you're seeing is a result of the backing coming off in the chemistry and sticking to the emulsion side; however, I have a feeling that if that was the case, the results would be a lot worse.

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    I removed the remjet afterwards, as I was told I could probably do it either way (before or after) and it'd be fine. I could try rinsing most of it off before developing or blixing, and see what happens.
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