A rare and unique B&W scientific
Expired 5/2006 but
still giving great results!
2 rolls 20 exposures ea. = $18.00 (USD)
low stock remaining
it in Bulk!
ft. / 30 meters
$ 299.00 ea
contact me for special or
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Originally produced for use in making holograms with helium-neon, or
krypton lasers, this film can also be used in traditional still cameras
to produce micro-fine grain B&W images and has a very unique
spectral sensitivity. It begs for experimentation!
this film is quite blue, but it does not have the speckled surface
which shows in this photo - it is merely reflection from the prismatic
label. And the blue layer mostly comes off in prewash. This film does
not make holograms from pictures with your normal still camera!
Here is what Kodak had to say about it in a data sheet sent out to
High Speed Holographic Fllm SO-253 (ESTAR Base)
& APPLICATION: This new film provides extraordinary speed when
exposed with helium-neon (633 nm) or krypton (647 nm) lasers. At the
same time, its microfine grain structure and other emulsion
characteristics combine to yield high diffraction efficiency and low
noise upon reconstruction of holograms recorded at spatial frequencies
as high as 1500 cycles/mm. It is recommended primarily for holographic
interferometry and micrography, and it is particularly useful for
general holographic procedures with low-power HeNe lasers.
film can else be exposed efficiently with helium-cadmium (442 nm),
argon (515 nm). and frequency-doubled Nd:YAG (532 nm) lasers. At these
wavelengths, film speed is at a level to be expected from materials
having the grain size and resolving power of SO-253 Film.
emulsion is coated on a clear 4-mil ESTAR polyester support. A dyed
gelatin pelloid on the base side provides antihalation protection and
permits convenient handling in both roll or short strip formats.
following data are based on exposure to tungsten illumination with a
Kodak Wratten Filter, No. 29 (Deep Red) and processing in KODAK
Developer D-19 for 5 minutes at 68F (20C) with continuous agitation.
Granularity: 5 with 48 µm aperture diameter
14 with 6 µm aperture diameter
read at a net diffuse visual density of 1.0
Power: T.O.C. 1000:1 1250 lines/mm
1.6:1 800 lines/mm
values for resolving power were determined by classical
(non-holographic) means. They should not be interpreted as limits to
holographic resolving power, for which no standard test method or
widely accepted criterion exists. For exposures at 633 or 647 nm,
50-253 Film should reconstruct holograms recorded at frequencies
exceeding 1500 fringes/ms, corresponding to an angular beam separation
of approximately 60°.
This is an extremely odd film. It may be the highest contrast negative
film I've ever seen. There is definitely a small range of exposure
around ISO 6 and when you manage to hit that sweet spot there's a bit
of magic that happens as you can see by these results. I've only
used our Labeauratoire's Caffenol
Concoction to develop this film. This results in an interesting
combination of brown staining and blue sheen from the film base. I'll
be really excited to see others experimenting with different filters on
I was lucky enough to get a large quantity of this film from a
surplus sale and it is obvious that it has been stored very well
because it is still giving wonderfully usable images.
You can see more pictures shot with this, and other unique films in the: LABEAURATOIRE
Here's your chance to try out this exciting film.
I'm making some bulk, and 35mm rolls available for your experimenting
keeping these rolls inexpensive by
film cassettes and sticking on an artsy label I've made just so you
know what's inside. Using a bulk loader I made rolls of approximately
20 exposures each, sometimes a bit more or less and as with most bulk
loaded film the very last picture of each roll will not be exposed as
that is where it is taped. 100ft Bulk Rolls of film will be wrapped in
black plastic and then covered in aluminum foil before being packed for
shipping. This is NOT a stock product from
Kodak and I
am not proporting to represent that fine company in any manner.
My examples were all developed in Labeauratoire's
Caffenol Concoction for about 15 minutes at 20°c (or