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Kodak Edupe (35mm, 6 ISO) Slide Duplicating Film: A Dive in a Blue World

This blue-toned, high saturation, fine grained slide film is normally used to duplicate slides using a slide duplicator instead of a lens. You can also use it to shoot with any camera as long as you adapt to its very low sensitivity.

After a quest for high contrast black and white, I got really curious about Kodak Edupe which seemed to be a color equivalent of the almighty Kodak Ortho Type 3. The low ISO rating of this film (from 3 to 12, according to the emulsion version) requires some precautions. Here are four ways of using this film, including one for cameras without light-meters.

Shooting at 6 ISO – E6 Processing

This is the most straightforward way of using this film. Put it in a camera which has a light meter that can go as low as 6 ISO (e.g. a Canon F1n), shoot with a large aperture and slow speed, and process in E6 normally.

Results are spectacular: there is no visible grain, colors are bursting as if they had been pushed with a photo editing software. Sometimes it is even a bit too much and your shots start looking like coming out of a flashy travel magazine. Not necessarily what I am usually looking for, but hey, every result is welcome.

There is, in general, a blue tone sometimes shifting towards pink, depending on the age of the film and the way it was processed:

Under-exposing results in very dense slides, slow to scan, with very deep blue tones:

Over-exposing gives results close to perfection. I would actually advise bracketing a bit to rate it at 3 ISO (over-exposing by one stop):

Shooting at 50 ISO – E6 Processing + 3 stops

By pushing the film during process, you can shoot it with your camera set at 50 ISO, or with any camera that doesn’t have a light-meter. A Diana or a Holga or a Horizon camera would work, just expose the films as if you were shooting a Velvia 50. To push your E6 process by 3 stops, just use the first developer for 10 minutes longer than usual. So, you’ll be rotating that drum for 17 minutes during that step…

Results are quite similar to the previous ones, sometimes close to perfection, sometimes slightly pale:

Shooting at 6 ISO – C41 X-Pro

Cross-processing the film yields greenish tones, with some yellow/orange flavor, and a big grain:

Shooting at 6 ISO – C41/E6 Hpro

Combining E6 and C41 chemicals, you can do a hybrid process, resulting in somewhat similar results as X-Pro, but paler and with sometimes a slight turquoise shift:

Kodak Edupe is quite a fantastic film, it needs a bit of effort but the results are worth it. I’ve heard it was possible to rate it at 50 ISO and cross-process it normally, without pushing. I’ll have to try one day, but I’d be happy to see some results if anyone has tried.

written by stouf

11 comments

  1. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    glorious - this will be a huge source of information, when one gets hold on this film. Awesome, stouf!

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  2. vicuna

    vicuna

    Fantastic!!! I still didn't try out the rolls you gave me, but I'll do it soon!! :) Thanks for sharing all these precious information about this rare film my friend (and for those you gave me) !

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  3. istionojr

    istionojr

    nice, really nice review! does this film similar like Fuji IT-N 6ISO?

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  4. michell

    michell

    Amazing!
    The blue ones are almost like a grainless version of Polaroid 100 blue film. ;)
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/12106817

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  5. stouf

    stouf

    @wil6ka @vicuna Thanks Bros! Your comments are always a big reward to me : ) @istionojr Ah! I don't know about this film, you got me all intrigued now, you have some? @michell You're right! Very similar tones! ... Thanks guys!

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  6. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Great photos!! How about trying orange filter, like #22 and ISO 3?? Result looks it would be quite saturated if blue light limited.

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  7. stouf

    stouf

    @herbert-4 That is a brilliant idea! I'll try for sure! thanks : )

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  8. nathanriehl

    I picked up four expired rolls of the stuff from my local photo store. Can't wait to use them. Thanks for the guide!
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  9. stouf

    stouf

    @nathanriehl Cool, let me know how it went : ) I recently shot one @50 iso, and cross-processed it normally, without pushing, and the results were very nice too! Will upload these one day...

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  10. jonasfx

    jonasfx

    great write up with many examples! I got some older version of this film I think and it had differing ISO depending on the batch (mine was ISO 32). shot one roll in barcelona and I need to decide if I'm going to cross or not.

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  11. stouf

    stouf

    @jonasfx Thanks a lot! You are right, there are some different iso versions of this film. I wish I could try the 32iso one... I've crossed some recently and was quite happy with the results... Cheers

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