Recently, I have gotten back into shooting with film. More so than the results of film, I enjoy the process of using it to make photographs. You can read more about my thoughts on film here. For now, I will be writing posts about different film stocks, and what I think about their look, including samples for you to make your own judgement. I won’t puke a bunch of jargon on my keyboard about the film. I will just tell you what I like and dislike, and let you see the images for yourself. There is a load of technical stuff to be said about film, grain, emulsion, and what not, but I think people know what they like when they see it. All of my images are self scanned using a DSLR or an EPSON V600 scanner. Right now have a look at Kodak Vision3 250D samples I have prepared.
KODAK VISION3 250D, which is a cinema film, is probably wonderful for just that. I bought a 100 ft roll from Film Photography Project and took a lot of it to Mexico. Let me tell you, this film is not for me. It’s rem-jet coating is there to protect it from light when being loaded into movie cameras. For still photography, and developing with C-41 chemistry, this is not practical, as there will always be remnants of remjet on the emulsion, thus making your images look like crap. Remjet is a black coating put on one side of the film to prevent light from hitting the emulsion in cinema cameras. There is a special process for cinema film which involves cleaning the film in a machine before the entire process. Home developers wont have that machine, and most likely your fingers wiping it off won’t do the trick either. I still had remjet residue stuck on the emulsion after I pre-rinsed the film with baking soda and wiped it after the blix step. The other thing to consider is with wiping a film, the more you wipe it, the more it degrades. It is inevitable that wiping it will lead to some kind of scratcing.
Now let’s be fair: I do like the vintage kind of colors this film produces, and one should naturally anticipate the results from this film to be imperfect, but the remjet simply spoils the party. Dust, small scratches, and even a little color shifting I can accept, but the remjet has ruined this film for me. If you are looking to save some money on a bulk load of color film, this is an option, but be prepared for the remjet.
So there you have it. You can see that Kodak Vision 250D can produce some nice colors, but I can tell you with all honesty, that I won’t ever use it again because of the remjet. I was really hoping that I would have some interesting film images from my Mexico trip, but this remjet really screwed things up….
I know what you are thinking: ‘You should just shoot digital.’ And I am thinking, ‘Yeah, you are right.’
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