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Red film base? And idea what this is?

Zack Zoll , Apr 12, 2011; 01:50 p.m.

Anybody want to have a guess at what this is? All I can think of is that maybe it's dummy film, to practice loading and unloading. And other ideas?

Red Tape Dispenser?


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Tom Harvey , Apr 12, 2011; 02:45 p.m.

Official Government red tape?

Ron Andrews , Apr 12, 2011; 03:13 p.m.

I've seen counterfeit rolls of film. Usually these are name brand boxes and cassettes with a small piece of leader sticking out. I've never seen counterfeit off-brand film.

John Shriver , Apr 12, 2011; 03:45 p.m.

Duplicating microfilm. Kodak 2468 is similarly red.

Rashed S , Apr 12, 2011; 04:13 p.m.

May be something like this “KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 100T Film / Tungsten"

Nicholas Rapak , Apr 12, 2011; 05:36 p.m.

I would tend to think that it is some type of special-purpose black and white film. I would do an exposure test from ISO 1 to 100, and develop in a standard developer, just to see what it is.

Jeff Livacich , Apr 12, 2011; 06:03 p.m.

It is transparent, hence no emulsion. Unless just the leader is transparent, which seems unlikely. I don't think Kalt ever sold film under their brand, so I'd say it's a dummy roll, maybe for promotions or something.

Larry Dressler , Apr 12, 2011; 06:11 p.m.

KALT makes reloadable 35mm Cartridges. I have some microfilm it is red but not the base the emulsion. I am pretty sure that back in the 70s we had some of that stuff to teach people how to load cameras and reels. I say it is practice film.

Zack Zoll , Apr 12, 2011; 07:54 p.m.

Thanks for the replies guys. What I'm going to do is pull the film out a little further and see if there's any emulsion in there. If it is, I'll assume it's microfilm and we had to give up a few frames to find out. If I keep pulling and never see emulsion, than I can only assume it's a dummy roll.

Or at least it will be, by that point :)

This roll (and several others) were all from a customer who found a box of film in a late family member's house. I assume most of them are blank (leaders still out, no crimp on the leader from being loaded), but I won't know until I develop at least some of them.

Doug Harl , Apr 12, 2011; 08:14 p.m.

email Kodak tech support? I think he's still alive ....

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