Shooting with Eastman Super-XX Nitrate film from the 1940s!

Shooting with Eastman Super-XX Nitrate film from the 1940s!
Developing with Instant Coffee!

Vespas - Super-XX Nitrate film in Caffenol

See this & more Rare films at Labeauratoire. 
Here is another rare vintage find. This is some of the oldest film I have ever shot with. I took a chance on some old dingy cans of film and was surprised when the film inside looked like new!
Nitrate film was what most of the silent movies were shot on up until the 1940s when “Safety Film” was introduced. Safety film was much less flammable but many say it never gave quite the same look as the old nitrate films. So here’s your chance to shoot on this classic emulsion.

Originally the film speed was around ISO 200 but after more than 60 years in storage it has lost alot and gained quite a significant amount of base fog. I had success shooting it at ISO speeds between 3 and 12 depending on processing.
I saw varying results with different developers. I had success so far with Caffenol, Rodinal 1+100 and HC-110 (B) – but I’ll be trying out other developers soon.
For safety purposes, do not store this film (even after developed) at tempratures above 85°f. and do not keep negatives under an enlarger lamp for extended periods of time.

You can see and read more about this rare vintage film here:

LENS: Canon EF 40mm ƒ2.8 Pancake lens
FILM: Eastman Kodak Super-XX Nitrate Film expired 1940s?
DATE: 4/2013
SCANNER:HP Scanjet G4050
DEVELOPMENT:Processed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction


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