What Black and White film would you like to see revived?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by carbon_dragon, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. I think Kodak HIE was coated on the same base as Tech Pan and I think Kodak no longer produces that base so reviving HIE (Tech Pan as well) might take a bit longer to do. Although earlier in the thread I cast my vote for Plus-X and Panatomic-X I would also add HIE to my list as well. I got really nice IR results even when using only a #25 red filter.
  2. https://125px.com/docs/film/kodak/f13-HIE-200006.pdf

    yes, it seem Estar base and 150 foot rolls, like TP.

    I don't know why it has to be that way, though. Are they really not making that base anymore?

    And yes it is red sensitive.

    The older IR135 (and IR127) was blue and IR sensitive, but (mostly) not red sensitive.
    A red filter would work for IR imaging. But HIE and HSI are different.
  3. I'd like to see Neopan 400 again if they could sell it at a price around that of HP5+, and since that won't happen, I'll make do with HP5+ which is not a bad substitute.
    I didn't use Kodachome much, but there were many photographers that did amazing things with it and I would love to continue to see new work done with Kodachome - another thing that won't happen.
  4. Thanks, Glen. It was an Estar base. I believe Kodak also used that base for 2475 film (AKA High Speed Recording Film). i shot a couple of rolls of it during the late 1970's. I remember using DK50 to process 2475. Thinner Estar base meant 150' could fit a 100' capacity bulk loader.
    Neils- Neopan 400 would be another great film to bring back. I miss the days when I could get it in bulk 100' rolls. I think it had slightly more grain than HP5+ or Tri-X but not too much.
  5. Here's a few 2475 images that might be of interest to anyone curious about this film. I first read about it in Popular Photography so we ordered a couple of rolls at the family camera shop.
    my dad around 1975 or 1976, Konica Autoreflex T3 with 50mm f 1.4 Hexanon
    The next two low light shots were beyond the range of the Konica's meter so they were just guesses.
    grain is more obvious here
    probably processed film for an EI or around 2000, but without metering not really relevant
    I think the film's nominal ISO was around 1000.
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  6. Another vote for Tech Pan. I read somewhere (on the internet - so you know it is true) that a special, and rather old, coating machine was needed to make Tech Pan; this machine was scrapped many years ago and for the last years of Tech Pan's availability the rolls were spooled from stored film stock.

    I still have a life-time supply of hoarded Tech Pan, running out of Technidol, though.
  7. I wasn't going to say I have a lifetime supply, but at the rate I am using it, and the rate I am getting older, I probably do.

    And, as above, HC-110(F), next to Technidol on the data sheet, is close enough for me.
  8. HIE for me. I still have a few 35mm rolls in the freezer, but I'd like some 120 please...
  9. Yes, HIE, or HIR, or IR would be nice. Anything down to 900nm or so.
  10. I would like to have again Panatomic X film and Microdol X developer.
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  11. Okay, I'd also like to see some films brought back that I never got to try such as Ansco Versapan and Super Hypan.

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