Last year I bought a Kodak Duaflex II on Ebay, it still had a film in it. I decided to develop it and considering it has been in the camera, I guess, for the best part of fifty years, I am quite pleased with the results. I wonder if anyone recognises the locations or indeed the two Ladies.

For those interested in the technicalities the camera has a 75mm Kodet f/15 lens with two shutter speeds: B – Bulb and I – Instant 1/30sec.

The film is a Kodak Verichrome Pan 125ASA 620 roll film. This is an obsolete film, last available in 1995. I developed this film in Tetenal Paranol S for 11min and continuous agitation for the first 30sec, then 5sec every 30 sec.

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Kodak Duaflex II
Kodak Verichrome Pan 125ASA 620
75mm Kodet f/15
United Kingdom
Kodak Duaflex II


  1. jamescat22
    jamescat22 ·

    Good old Verichrome Pan! It's incredibly robust and I've developed film from the early 1960's...a bit grainy but interesting results.

  2. richardk
    richardk ·

    Yes, it's quite exciting developing an old, found film. I still have an exposed film that was in an Ilford Sportsman that I bought. Unfortunately it is a Kodak Kodachrome, I would guess it is from the 1960s going by the logo design and the colour of the canister. The information on the canister is in French but there is no ASA detail. I have found some information on how to develop it as a black & white negative, which sounds interesting or the lab I use will do it for £15.00.

  3. jamescat22
    jamescat22 ·

    @richardk I haven't tried to process Kodachrome as BW but I had a failure trying to process some older Ektachrome that was E2 process (not the newer Ektachrome E6) as BW in Rodinal. I'm surprised you can find a lab that will process Kodachrome at all since the chemistry has been discontinued for years. 15 pounds sounds steep for a "pig in a poke" but it may be the only option. You could cut a small strip of it and try stand developing it in Rodinal 1:100 for an hour to see if it would even process as bw.

  4. richardk
    richardk ·

    You are right, Kodachrome cannot be developed as a colour positive anymore but it can be developed as a black & white negative. The reason for the high cost is because the process is done by hand, there is also a remjet backing which has to be removed in a borax solution.

  5. jamescat22
    jamescat22 ·

    @richardk Thanks Richard! I didn't know about the remjet backing... maybe that's why my E2 failed.
    I misspoke, I tried to cross-process the Ektachrome E2 in C41 color, not Rodinal B&W developer. A C41 cross process will work with E6 but didn't seem to work with my E2. Maybe I should try soaking them in a borax solution, it can't hurt, they are useless now. I have an old roll of Kodachrome I found in an old camera that looks unexposed and I've been wondering how I could experiment with it. I've regularly cross processed found color C41 film in Rodinal 1:100 for an hour with scan - able results and I've also made my own coffee based developing solution and used that on C41 film with interesting results. Film is such fun!

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