Where can i process Kodak Ectachrome 160

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by mohawk_stanley, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. I found an old family roll of Kodak Type g Ektachrome 160 Movie Film
    Process EM-26
    Anyone know where i can process this and how much it will cost?
  2. Try Dwayne's. They still process Kodachrome Super 8 and I believe they can handle Ektachrome. Question is whether they can handle that particular Ektachrome. Super 8 Ektachrome is still made but I don't think that specific Ektachrome has been made in about 20 years.
  3. You hit one of my favorite topics. I helped design Process EM-26. I later had responsibility for manufactruing the film. The first few years of my kids lives were well documented with this product.
    Unfortunately, Process EM-26 is no longer available. If you could get the rem jet backing off cleanly (a very big if) then you could process it in E-6. The color balance would be off, but film this old will have problems with contrast and color anyway.
    Rocky Mountain Film Labs is willing to develop the film in their custom process for $48.50 with no guarantee of any image. If you have movies of bigfoot or Elvis (post 1974) it might be worth it.
  4. Ron- This may be a silly question but....Is there a purpose for putting a rem jet backing on film or is that just the way they did it years ago with many films?
  5. Rem jet backing serves four important functions:
    1. Antihalation protection--light that passes through the emulsion must be absorbed before it goes through the base, bounces off the back surface, and comes back to the emulsion a distance away from where it started. If you didn't have it, there would be halos around bright objects and the sharpness would be very poor. C-41 and E-6 films use a gray silver layer under the emulsion instead of rem jet. Gray silver is roughly equivalent to rem jet for halation protection. Slide 7 of this presentation shows a comparison of a Kodachrome cross section and and Ektachrome cross section with gray silver.
    2. Static protection--The carbon conducts and electrostatic charge but provides enough resistance to dissipate the charge. A little bit of static attracts dirt. A big static charge can discharge and exposure the film. There are conductive agents coated on the backing of non rem jet films that are about as good as rem jet.
    3. Scratch protection--The film backing can get scratched, especially in motion picture film. When you remove the rem jet backing, you remove the scratch. Permanent backings can't beat rem jet for scratch protection.
    4. Frictional characteristics--Rem jet has a high coefficient of static friction and a low coefficient of kinetic friction. This is exactly the combination needed for motion picture film. It slides easily when it moves and stays put when it is stationary. The super 8 movie cartridge was designed around the frictional characteristics of Kodachrome with rem jet. There have been a few non rem jet super 8 films (like E-64T). There are acceptable, but have more multiple images on one frame and multiple exposures when the film slips during exposure of one frame.
    Some of my former colleagues could probably think of more useful properties of rem jet.
  6. You might contact Dale labs they do Movie film and e6
    And thank you Ron that was informitive to the point I will never forget it.
  7. Hi, this film is processed by my laboratory for $28 each [EM-26 type films 50ft] plus return shipping costs to wherever. There are only three labs left in the world that I'm aware of, that are still offering processing for old Super 8mm discontinued movie films: myself at Plattsburgh Photographic Services, Rocky Mountain Film Lab in Colorado at http://www.rockymountainfilm.com/, and Film Rescue in Saskatchawan, Canada at http://filmrescue.com/. My website is gone thanks to AOL ceasing all website hosting...but I'm available email or telephone (I'll eventually get it back up somewhere once I have time to work on it, but I've been around for many years and most customers can find me). I custom manual process all movie film so can factor in the storage history since it was exposed to try and yield the best results. Most films I process yield images, with even the worst ones having recognizable images but with very poor color. Poorly stored film of this type typically shifts to blue-green or even all green. However, upon transfer to video (if desired) the film can be put into B&W or Sepia, or if there is still some color left, it can sometimes be corrected to a tolerable viewing level. As with all old film types at all three of these labs, turnaround time can be lengthy; typically 2 to 6 months based on inhouse workloads. Hope this clarifies things. Best regards, Martin W. Baumgarten
  8. DAMN AOL!!! DAMN THEM ALL TO HELLLLL Sorry I had a Planet of the Apes Flash back.
    Thanks for the info I am looking at a place to host my New Domain now I will have to get a 20 year Warrenty that they will be there....
  9. Thanks Ron!
  10. Elvis died in 1977.
  11. Hello Martin
    I didn't know you were still out there. We'll put you back into our rolodex.
    Thanks for the plug
    Greg Miller
    Film Rescue International
    ps...martin is cheaper then us.
  12. Don't ever send anything to Rocky Mountain Film Lab:

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