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Kodak B&W Infrared developing???

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by GrahamR, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. GrahamR

    GrahamR Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    I would like to try out some Kodak B&W infrared film, but before I do, I would like to find out where I can get it developed and printed.
    Can it be sent to any normal d&p lab. I normally use Club35, Metrocolourlab or dlab7. Or is it a specialist job???

    Thanks for your help.

    I have used colour infrared slide film, and had this developed at dlab7.
    What an amazing film. Well worth trying out.

  2. Simon E.

    Simon E. Well-Known Member

    Kodak HIE requires total darkness to load/unload. This makes it a pain, so most labs won't touch it. Try the classifieds in the back of AP and Black & White Photography magazines.
  3. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Why not try Ilford SFX instead. Its spectral sensitivity doesn't extend as far into the Infra red as the Kodak product, but the effect, using an appropriate deep red or visually opaque filter is very good. It's also not as problematic to handle or process as true IR films.
  4. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    I agree, and it's about to be freely available again. True IR film is best processed yourself so that you can be sure of keeping it in the dark at all times.
  5. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I disagree. Don't get me wrong, SFX should be tried, it's a terrific film (got some of it on Monday in 35mm and 120) - but it's certainly not HIE, which is magical and well worth the inconvenience.
  6. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    Apart from the more specialist types surely most 35mm, if not all, films need to be loaded in the dark???
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    No, we're talking about always handling the film in total darkness, even whilst still in the cassette.
  8. Simon E.

    Simon E. Well-Known Member

    Yep, even loading it into and retrieving it from the camera. You need either a changing bag or a very dark cupboard (e.g. under the stairs).

    There's no real equivalent to HIE, though Rollie IR is supposed to have a similar spectral response. It's available in 35mm, 120 and sheet.

    DIY developing is the best way, also inexpensive and easy. Be warned - once you have control of your dev times & choice of soup you won't want to give it up. All you need is a tank & reels, some dev and fixer, a thermometer and a stopwatch. Somewhere dust-free to hang them too.
  9. GrahamR

    GrahamR Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your interest.

    I have found 2 labs so far to d&p the kodak IR.

    Peak Imaging in Sheffield, and a company in Paignton, South Devon

  10. Simon E.

    Simon E. Well-Known Member

    Peak have an excellent reputation.
  11. domroberts

    domroberts Well-Known Member

    We are happy to process any infra-red film too. We have a choice of developers so can tailor a job to your requirements. We still have Technidol too!

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  12. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    Err...where did you get it from? I haven't been able to find any in the usual locations, I've emailed Mathers but not heard anything back yet, though it was only half an hour ago. :D
  13. domroberts

    domroberts Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure it's out yet, but it is certainly on the way. I reckon Silverprint (www.silverprint.co.uk) might well have the first stocks in so try them.
  14. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I got SFX from RK Photographic on Monday.
  15. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    Just had an email back from Mathers saying it's been discontinued for sometime.....ah well. Firstcall seem to have it but £8 postage seems a bit steep.
  16. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Kath, SFX or HIE? 7dayshop has HIE; SFX has just been reintroduced.
  17. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    SFX. I've been keeping a beady eye out since I noticed the announcement on the Ilford website a few weeks back. I noticed the HIE in 7day, but it's the SFX 3 film and filter pack I wanted, and maybe a couple of rolls of 120. I've found a few places selling SFX in single rolls but none with the filter and I seem to have lost mine. I asked at my LCS today and was told to try the Direct to Dealer service. The chap behind the counter knew it had been reintroduced but said if they got some in probably the only people who'd use it would be me and him! Can't seem to find a link on the Ilford site though. Might have to phone them on Monday.
  18. dyncoed

    dyncoed Well-Known Member

    Like Nick, i got my SFX (3 roll with filter £20) from RK Photographic at Focus Last week.

    Contact them on http://www.thedarkroom.co.uk ,

    or 01707643953.

  19. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that, I'll try them tomorrow.
  20. graham_mouat

    graham_mouat Well-Known Member

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