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.
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.
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.