E200 cross processing questions

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by B&Wpositive, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. B&Wpositive

    B&Wpositive Member

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    I am thinking of trying cross processing, with some E200 film, but not sure what to expect. The film itself has lost a stop or 2 of its DMax, and has a magenta cast and high grain when processed normally, perhaps due to some sort of imporoper storage.

    1. If the film has a magenta cast in E6 chemistry, what will happen in C-41?

    2. Does low-contrast, slightly-fogged E6 film come out darker or lighter than normal when crossed?

    3. If the film's contrast in the shadows is low due to the damage, how will this translate when crossed?

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    jd callow Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    You need to test it. If you have few rolls of this film and it is assumed to all be in a similar state it can be very worthwhile. 1) Often the cast will come through on the 'neg' and the lose of dmax will often require more exposure. The film will probably not produce easily colour balanced images.

    To test the film thry this:
    Shoot a scene that has limited tonal range, under daylight conditions (an interior with light from a window or an overcast day) @ ei range of 25 through to 200 in 1/2 or whole stop increments, do the same in a daylight scene which runs the gamut (deep shadows through to bright highlights) and develop in c41 normal.

    I've had outdated slide film that has lost dmax make great crossprocessed negs. If the colour cast is so strong as to make a print difficult to impossible you can try adding a colour correction filter to the camera when exposing the film.
     
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    Thanks.
    So if the film has a magenta cast in E6, would that likely remain magenta in C-41, or would it be likely to go green, the complement of magenta, in C-41?