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    I have the same setup in my darkroom.
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    Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!
    Using film since before it was hip.


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    Prints made with a burst of light that "is as strong as the sun"? Hmm, seems unlikely to me, but I'm open to enlightenment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Black View Post
    Prints made with a burst of light that "is as strong as the sun"? Hmm, seems unlikely to me, but I'm open to enlightenment.

    I think they mean a strobe (flash) light exposure. Strobe (flash) lights can concentrate light to equal sunlight in a small area, I'm sure you know.

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    Prints made with a burst of light that "is as strong as the sun"? Hmm, seems unlikely to me, but I'm open to enlightenment.


    I had an enlarger with 6000w pulsed xenon light source and they were far brighter than the sun. Just a split second glance and there was a residual image in your vision for a couple of minutes or more.
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    I didn't see the gizmo that puts the scratches on the negatives - do they only have those on the 1 hr minilabs?

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    The (late) Kodak photo finishing place in Melbourne was extremely similar to this. One of the more interesting things was to hear the flash firing for print exposure. It was so fast at times, it sounded like a sub machine gun firing. Then it would slow right down for a fraction of a second, do a real loud flash, then usually take off again firing away like nobodies business.

    The major difference I can figure out with the Melbourne setup, was that the film was spliced together into 1,000 foot rolls by blind people. I believe they had a punched tape, which was actually braille, running alongside to give them directions.

    This Kodak place was extremely huge and did most of the colour C41 films in Australia. At the time, 25 years ago, almost every chemist shop in the country would collect films for processing, it would be whisked off to Melbourne via road, rail, ship or aeroplane. On top of that, most camera shops were sending their envelopes as well.

    When the French started exporting their newly invented mini-labs into Australia, about 25 years ago, the change was phenomenal. All of a sudden, instead of waiting two to three weeks for colour processing, you could get it within 36 hours or sometimes within 24 hours, it was only a short time later that same day processing became the norm, which eventually progressed to the 1 hour labs we are now used to seeing.

    I believe that the shortest commercial C41 processing was 11 minutes dry to dry, with colour prints taking another 5 minutes. This was a special AGFA lab installed on the QE2 ocean going liner.

    Kodak in Australia also had their mobile processing plant about 20 years ago. It was a semi trailer truck with a complete C41 set-up as well as E6. It was usually parked at major sporting events, pro photographers mainly used E6, whilst the rest used C41 and colour prints.

    Very interesting film.

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    Wow, a very impressive process. I was surprised at the amount of automation. I guess if I send in my film, I can't ask for my cassettes back.
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    My dad worked in a plant like that at least 20 years ago, I got to see the plant inside and I was just fascinated. The tanks of chemicals (I was told) were in some cases 20 feet deep because of the speed -that gave enough time in the chemistry without the tanks being longer than the building. The splicing room employed several persons who were sight impared to splice giant rolls of different films together. They had I think 8 different processes, or lines that they ran. Because of postal regs, anything that was porn could not be mailed so the customer got a note back in his envelope instead of his movie or prints telling him to come in person and pick it up. I don't know if they ever did, the film came from several states around. Awesome movie clip, thanks for posting the link!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akki14 View Post
    dunno why people like them, though...
    Matter of cropping, that is film size vs. papers size, If you are someone who frame and compose your photograph tihgtly edge to edge, you don't want your aunt or uncle to ask you "Why did you cut off top of my head?"

    These white borders are very common in my friends photo lab when people bring images made with different ratios and want all photographs on same paper size, and don't want their photographs (image) to be cropped.
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