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>>> VARI-X <<<
35mm Cineradiography Film
Vintage B&W Negative Lab Film
20 exposures - expired in 1987
no DX code
rolls = $21.00 (USD)
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is another rare and special film that you're not likely to see anywhere
else. VARICATH was a California-based company between 1977 and 2002. Their "VARI-X"
Cineradiography film was used to produce motion-picture images showing
the results of human heart catheterization to diagnose pulmonary
problems. This process involved high doses of radiation (to the
patient, not the film) and has since been mostly replaced by digital
This vintage emulsion expired in 1987 but is still
producing a decent image when shot with a normal 35mm camera and
developed in B&W chemistry. The can I purchased says it was
originally manufactured in Belgium so it was likely produced by one of
the AGFA plants active then.
This is a very fine grain film, but of course the
results are not those of a new, pristine, pro-quality product., That's
what makes it so great! Due to it's age and storage, it has some
seriously fogged edges, giving it a natural reverse-vignette effect (it
fades to lighter edges on top and bottom.) This retro,
dreamy quality, combined with the poorly aged emulsion, offers a unique
image which would take hours to reproduce using modern digital effects.
Depending on how you expose, scan and develop it,
your results will vary. My examples were shot using a 35mm Minolta 24
Rapid 24x24 camera and I developed the film in Caffenol for about 17
min. at 20°c. So you may get even better results using normal B&W
I recommend starting with an ISO of around 20 then expanding your
experiments from there. There is no DX code on this film so
you'll need a camera capable of manually setting the film speed.
Previously only sold in large cans of 400
feet or more, I have cut it down in to convenient rolls of 20 exposures
Perfect for experimenting with this rare scientific emulsion.
I had the opportunity to buy a small quantity of this exciting film and
I'm making a limited amount of rolls available for your experimenting
pleasure. Get some now before it's gone forever.
I'm 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. This is NOT a stock product from VariCath or AGFA and I
am not proporting to represent those companies in any manner.
My examples were shot using a Minolta 24 Rapid (24x24 camera)