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Kodak EHB (125 iso, 120). How we tortured each other.

I recently bought a batch of this Tungsten film, expired in 1972. I wasn’t expecting things would get so nasty between us.

On the box I could read ‘High Speed Ektachrome’, ‘Tungsten’ and finally ‘Process promptly’, just next to the expiration date (which always makes me smile). On the film itself, ‘safety film’ is written between shot numbers.
All together, these infos make you think ‘Huh???’
Add to this that every time I removed a roll from its foil, there was a deadly stink coming out of the package. To the touch, everything was feeling very dry and old.

The first time I processed it was using a Hybrid Process N°2. At the end of the process, the film was brownish, stinky and very slippery. Looking from closer I could see that there was something behind the brownish paste… I scratched the paste, and realized it was coming off easily and leaving a visible image on the film … This strange brownish emulsion paste was covering the image, while it should have been dissolved during the process. I scratched and scratched and scratched (wearing latex gloves), hung the film and waited for it to dry (which took twice as long as usual).

The results were quite crazy, and I remember thinking ‘Ho! I made some novakmisi shots!’ : )
Gallery HPro2 (Holga WPC):

I tortured this film as much as I could, trying to re-obtain the same results, but with no success…
With a HPro3 process, things were pale and brownish.
Gallery HPro3 (Holga WPC):

And with a normal E6 process things were pale blue-pinkish.
Gallery E6 (Holga 120 GN + Wide Angle):

So I still don’t see in what this is a ‘safety film’. Maybe it was back in the 80s. Anyway, I’m enjoying this old stinky film. If you have the occasion, try it, it’s fun. But maybe not for wedding pictures : )

written by stouf

10 comments

  1. simonh82

    simonh82

    Stouf, I always love your articles. That first roll looks great, hope you can reproduce it. I'm about to start developing at home on the basis of your photos and tipsters.

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  2. pulex

    pulex

    great review my friend!!...if i should marry one day you need to come over and take some wedding shots with this "saftey film"!!

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  3. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    great photos !!! : ))

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  4. the_detourist

    the_detourist

    OOOOOH! I have some of this that I bought in a lot off ebay.... looking forward to messing with it!! I'll definitely write up my experience also...

    gotta love film that expired over 30 years ago!

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  5. stouf

    stouf

    Thanks friends !!! @simonh82: That makes me terribly proud !!! : ) @pulex: Ahaha thank you so much my friend ! But maybe you should also get an extra 'real' photographer to please the bride 8D @novakmisi: I new you would like it ! : ) @the_detourist: You're gonna have fun for sure ! Cheers...

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  6. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    Stouf, tu me feras toujours réver!!! toi, tes photos et tes expériences merveilleuse !!! =)

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  7. stouf

    stouf

    @mikahsupageek Oh mais c'est toi qui est merveilleux mon p'tit bonhomme ! : ) Merci, ça me touche...

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  8. adash

    adash

    BTW, don't try less than 1+9 in C-41. I got another roll in the same tank of 1+20 and the results were too thin for the minilab scanner to detect the frame edges and scan the film.

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  9. adash

    adash

    Wow, that's amazing. At least you got SOMETHING, because I got NOTHING from the two rolls of Ektachrome X (exp. 1977) that I tried. Intended originally for the poisonous E-4 process, soaking it in standard C-41 peeled off the emulsion, and processing it in diluted C-41 (1+20) at room temp rendered NOTHING on the film.....

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  10. stouf

    stouf

    @adash Ho thanks a lot for all the feedback, much appreciated ! I got blank rolls too with Ektachrome X... And it was as stinky as the EHB : )

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