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Kodak Aerochrome III 1443 (120, 400 iso) user-review

Kodak Aerochrome ||| Infrared Film 1443 is the last false-color infrared (CIR) film in production in the world. It is now temporarily available in 120 and 135 formats.

The Aerochrome 1443 is produced by Kodak as an aerial film, that is a film to be used to take pictures of the ground from a plane, especially used in agriculture, forestry and even camouflage detection. This means that Kodak only sells this film by bulk rolls (several hundred feet) in sizes for aerial cameras – typically the 70 mm or 9.5 inch format. These formats can’t be shot in regular cameras, but to our luck a great CIR lover, Dean Bennici has been doing the dirty work of cutting 9.5″ × 400 ft rolls down to 120 format – in total darkness, and is selling them through his website (right now this film is temporarily available in 135 format as well.)

As with any infrared film you need to use a filter to get a proper effect. This film has the same color sensitive layers as the discontinued Kodak EIR (described in more detail here) where all layers are sensitive to blue light, so you need to filter the blue light (typically done with a yellow or an orange filter, but other filters such as red or Wratten 87C/89B have proved to give very interesting results as well.) Even though it is stated numerous places that the 1443 emulsion is the same as Kodak EIR, it is definitely not. The film speeds are different and the colors are quite different. I have used the same medium yellow filter on all my Aerochrome and Kodak EIR pictures, and the pictures are easily distinguishable.

The Aerochrome 1443 is mainly meant to be used with AR-5 processing, but since this is very expensive and hard to find, you can also use the E-6 process (which is actually cross processing) to get slides – this will however boost contrast and color saturation (too bad huh?! d-:) E-6 is the primary recommendation of this film, and for this purpose the film is rated at about 400 ISO (you need to adjust your exposures depending on the light conditions.) You can also cross process the film to get a negative by using C-41, and being a reversal film, I thought that this would give an even crazier result than E-6 processing, but to my experience the pictures have a nicer contrast, better details, are less saturated with darker reds and finally the pictures have noticeably finer grain. This film is rated 320 ISO for C-41 processing, and I would strongly recommend anyone trying this film to try both E-6 and C-41. Here’s a look at the differences between the two processing types:

The greatest thing about this film is that the results will always surprise you. The colours of different objects depends on both their visible color and their material, so even though reds typically turn out yellow and black fabric usually turn out red, you may once in a while see visible reds that turn out red and visible blacks that turn out black, or apples and oranges that turn out in very special colours… Well have a look for your self (pictures in first gallery are E-6, second gallery is C-41):

written by larslau

41 comments

  1. eyecon

    eyecon

    I never heard about this film - but the colors are supercrazy.....very interesting review!

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  2. lolfox

    lolfox

    great review.... i do love to hear about obscure and little known film

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  3. babo

    babo

    Loved it! Thx for sharing it with all of us!

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  4. babo

    babo

    Loved it! Thx for sharing it with all of us!

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  5. xpunklovex

    xpunklovex

    That's the film review of the week.

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  6. rater

    rater

    Great film and great review!

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  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    cool review

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  8. takezzo

    takezzo

    interesting...

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  9. larslau

    larslau

    Thanks for all the nice comments!! You should buy a couple of rolls and try this out... You'll be really amazed of the results!

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  10. stouf

    stouf

    Exceptionally complete review ! Veeeery interesting ! Sometimes Tungsten film as the same super-reaction with red colour... Congrats larslau !

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  11. thaiseb

    thaiseb

    It's very interesting and well explained. Thanks a lot, I think I will order some of this film.

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  12. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    those shots are soo hippy trippy! and other photos on ur website seem kinda freaky.hehe. Great review!

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  13. larslau

    larslau

    Hahaha... What are you saying cinzinc? d-:

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  14. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    best best best reZults ever

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  15. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    what happenZ to one that will eat that piZZa?

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  16. bennici

    thanks for the great review lars!
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  17. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great great review!! The comparison between the C41 & E6 devs are very interesting to see! :)

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  18. spendospend

    spendospend

    sweet review!!!

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  19. doubleswithlomodirk

    doubleswithlomodirk

    Hey Lars, well done, can`t wait to shoot this film next weekend ;)
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  20. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Such awesome shots I don't even know what to say. The colors...THE COLORS!!!
    Thanks for such an in depth review especially showing c-41 vs e-6.

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  21. zulupt

    zulupt

    Great review!!! I never heard about htis film!
    Amazing gallery. Nice work m8

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  22. zulupt

    zulupt

    Great review!!! I never heard about htis film!
    Amazing gallery. Nice work m8

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  23. fivedayforecast

    fivedayforecast

    Where do i get some of this????

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  24. fivedayforecast

    fivedayforecast

    Wait is this the stuff that's like $2000?

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  25. larslau

    larslau

    @fivedayforecast: As I write you can buy it through this website: http://www.tarquinius.de/. It is 17€ / $23 for a 120 roll..

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  26. l-_-l

    l-_-l

    Wow... Stunning gallery!
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  27. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Lomography needs to lobby Kodak to release this in 35mm and 120. That 9.5in x 400ft roll is for K7 aerocameras, which are huge and rare, and not hand held, but mounted in something like a U2. None of us can afford this sort of platform and even Dean Bennici is rather expensive for most of us.

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  28. pith

    pith

    Where can I buy filters for Diana F+?

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  29. tws

    tws

    im using this film!!!
    but 120 film is very hard to find in my country!!

    over 4 years ago · report as spam
  30. bulletofmine

    bulletofmine

    this is another great film by kodak!

    about 4 years ago · report as spam
  31. bulletofmine

    bulletofmine

    this is another great film by kodak!

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  32. jaguarwomon

    jaguarwomon

    I agree with herbert-4!!!!

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  33. naomac

    naomac

    Beautiful effect, hopefully it comes more widely available, come on Lomography looks like lots of buyers here.

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  34. camielioo

    camielioo

    hope the lomoshop expands his films with this one!

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  35. rychie

    rychie

    here's a petition for anyone that hasn't signed yet :) Please sign it! http://www.lomography.com/homes/lighttomysoul/blog/8206-lomo-please-produce-some-similar-looking-kodak-aerochrome-eir-petition
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  36. darkart69

    darkart69

    how i do put a colored filter in a Diana F+?
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  37. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Thank you :) this is my Aerochrome Bible!

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  38. welliamancio

    welliamancio

    your article is very interesting.

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  39. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Results! After reading your review a couple times, I went ahead and shot a roll of 120 (bought it for $36, but it's now auctioning at $70+ each on eBay as of April 2012). Knowing that the Aerochrome stock is drying up, I felt the pressure + responsibility to use it well and not f*ck it up :-P

    http://www.lomograph(…)red-chamber

    @pith I duck-taped filters onto my Diana F+ and it worked well. Only that your can't re-adjust the focus of the regular 75mm Diana afterwards without taking off the filter, unlike the Diana Fisheye or the Diana 110mm Telephoto lens.

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  40. guinastrapazi

    guinastrapazi

    thanks fort sharing.. :)
    damn, i'm really a bit envious -i'd love to try it out ;)

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  41. awkwardmongoose

    awkwardmongoose

    It was used also in archeological survey, it' awsome. I'm pretty eager to try it out one day or another...

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