Scotch Super Chrome 100 - Repeating History


The history of film production must be as confusing and incestuous as the web of royal relationships of the European kingdoms in the 17th century up to the 19th. Back in the days, a German noble becomes the Russian Czaress, French lords became kings of Spain, and even the Danish were ruling all of Scandinavia. A marriage here, a war elsewhere, a coup d’etat everywhere – such a mess. Nothing was like it seemed and you could never trust what you were told. And with the Scotch Super Chrome 100 it’s history repeating itself.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, film production reached its height and every company that had kind of a chemical production wanted to have a share of the cake. So where did this brand Scotch came from? I read it is a sub-brand from 3M, an American cooperative from Minnesota, which does kind of everything. Among their biggest products is… Scotch. Like tape, like adhesive plaster, basically like scotch. And because Scotch is such a big name, 3M decided to use that name for film production as well. But on top I read, that this sub-brand went over to a company called Ferrania, which has some connections to the states, but is based in Italy. But there we are again with the royals, you never know what you really get.

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So let’s talk about the Scotch Super Chrome 100. My first thought was that this film was refilled in Italy with some other emulsion of the big film companies. Like Lomography is filling some of their films in Italy. So what do we have here? I crossed this slide-film, as I do it with every expired slide-film. It is in a way reddish, magenta-ish and the grain is kind of unique. Not too strong, but visible.

Credits: wil6ka

I don’t think it’s AGFA material, it would be bluer, when you cross it. I also don’t think it would be Kodak Material, it would be greener or yellowish. I believe it must be something close to a Fuji Astia. Or it is truly an unique emulsion from 3M. In any way, I like it a lot. And I am happy, that something nice came out, because that is always a risk, too. And especially, because it was a lovely day in Almaty, Kasachstan, when I put this scotch into my LC Wide. And this scotch really stuck to his untold promise.

written by wil6ka on 2013-04-29 #gear #test #expired #review #square #retro #unknown #central-asia #almaty #3m #redish #kasakhstan


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Excellent article!! With 3M, it really might have been their unique product!

  2. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    great, thanks for the explanation info.

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Thanks for all these great explanations Herr Willie! :)

  4. marcus_loves_film
    marcus_loves_film ·

    Nice results from this Scotch Chrome! When did it expire? I have 2 brick of it from 1999 and the color and grain is way crazy. I shot my scotch 400 at 100 ISO for optimum results. What ISO did you use?

  5. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    @herbert-4 yeah - they really had some chemistry action going on. In that case, I would even be more content about the results. @vicuna, @istionojr thnk you for reading amigos, @markus_loves_film I might have used 200...

  6. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    Everything stays fresh! :)

  7. stpkodak
    stpkodak ·

    Scotch Chrome was a unique emulsion developed by 3M in Italy in the Ferrania factory, an Italian company acquired years earlier by 3M to enter the film sector. The company was already famous for producing films for Italian cinema from the early 1900s.
    No rewinding or rebranding of third-party films, a 100% made in Italy film

  8. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    Thank you @stpkodak this is great information to complete the puzzle. I kinda thought so, too.

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