Does anyone still use wratten filters?

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  1. spoolman

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    I was given a box of Kodak wratten filters still in the original envelopes and what looks like original condition. Most are CC filters but there are a fewlight temperature correcting filters (80A,80C). I have no use for them and am considering selling them. All suggestions are welcome.

    Doug
     
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    Is this a For Sale ad? What size; what price?
     
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    I do. And I'm always looking for the common ones for shooting black and white films.
     
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    CC filters have gone the way of the dodo because of digital. Some of the others might be worth a few bucks. I still use some obscure ones from time to time that have no glass equivalent, and I use blue/green sometimes in the darkroom.

    If you list what you have someone will probably want them.
     
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    "Does anyone still use wratten filters?"

    Yes I do sometimes, mostly Yellow #8 and orange #21.
     
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    Funny you should ask who is 'still' using these filters. I've just begun to shoot film, and I would like to START using Wratten or any other gel filter, but am having a devil of a time locating any that will fit the Bronica Pro Lens Hood S.
     
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    this is not a for sale ad. I jst want to see if there is still a demand for these filters. I'l decide in a few days if I will or not.

    If I do, I'll place an ad in the classifieds.

    Doug
     
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    what size are your filers?
     
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    I have a few 80a filters. I've some 3200k old photofloods that I'll use for stills when inside. I'm trying to decide if I'd notice the difference between an 80a and 80b with the 3200k light :smile:
     
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    80a balances daylight film using tungsten bulbs.

    the 80b balances tungsten film in daylight.
     
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    I have box with both CC and black and white correction. Mine are 4X4, I use them when I shoot 4X5 view camera in a holder behind the lens. I store them in the dark, cant say if they have faded some over the years. I don't see any difference between shots taken with the gel vs. glass.
     
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    80A corrects daylight film using 3200 K lights
    80B corrects daylight film using 3400 K lights
     
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    all of the filters are 3x3 inch

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    If I find time,I'll be listing all of the filters for sale later today.I'm assuming everyone knows what wratten filters look like. I'm asking this because I would prefer not handling them too much in case they get damaged.So I'm hoping that I won't have to supply images. I can unequivocally state that I have inspected all of the filters and they are in very good to pristine condition. I wore cotton gloves and handled them by the edges. I'll include price per filter and shipping cost.

    Doug
     
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    Wrong. From the Wratten handbook:

    80A -- blue -- color correction for daylight film (5500) under 3200K (studio) lamps

    80B -- blue -- color correction for daylight film (5500) under 3400K (photo) lamps

    80C -- blue -- color correction for daylight film (5500) under 3800K (clear flash) lamps

    (...A whole lot of color-correcting filters between for adjusting color temperature of various films to light sources with Wratten numbers in the 81-83 range...)

    85 -- orange -- color correction for Type A tungsten film in daylight (5500K->3400K)

    85B -- orange -- color correction for Type B tungsten film in daylight (5500K->3200K)

    85C -- amber -- converts 5500K (daylight) to 3800K lighting

    There used to be a lot of different films with slightly different tweaks to make them compatible with this or that light source and then filters to adapt one to the other. Much less today.

    Best,

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    I use them. If you have a lens that can’t take a filter on the front, like an ultrawide, and you want to put the filter between the lens and the film, you want the filter to be as thin as possible, and gelatin filters do this best. Also, if you shoot infrared and want to put an infrared filter in the film gate in the back of the camera, so you can focus the camera, that’s another use for gelatin filters. I’ve occasionally used them for color correction.

    My most common use for them, however, is for B&W when I want to travel light, usually with my 8x10” Gowland Pocket View, and I carry a little Moleskine book with file pockets, designed for filing receipts, and a Voss clip-on filter holder and shade with two barndoors, which takes 3” filters. My 8x10” lenses are mostly odd filter sizes, so this clip-on filter holder is ideal.
     
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    They are still available new at £10 each for 100mmx100m, here in the UK where they are made. I guess Lee filters were better marketed in recent years. The CC filters are for colour correction, at one tine E4 pro films came with CC correction recommendations as films could vary batch to batch, so it was once common to have a set of CC filters.

    Ian
     
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