Choosing the Right Kodak 16mm Photography Film
Kodak produces a wide selection of film and camera negatives for both personal and professional uses. Because each series shoots at different speeds or has properties for particular photographic situations, you may find answers to some common 16mm questions to be helpful. Understanding the differences in variation between the negatives may help you find the product that is right for your needs.What 16mm film series are available to you?
The company produces several variations of 16mm film for your personal use. Each variation is known as its own series of film. A series includes features and specifications that may work well for you depending on the specific situation you are photographing or the type of camera you are using. Some common 16mm series from this brand include:
- Ektachrome - You may be able to use Ektachrome 16mm film to take photographs without any filters using shutter speeds of about one ten-thousandth of a second.
- Kodachrome - This is a non-substantive 16mm film with thin layers of emulsion. Photos you take with Kodachrome may have a particularly sharp quality to them.
- Tri-X - This is one of the companys first film types for black and white photography. It has two camera speeds, and you may be able to process it as a negative to increase the grain.
- Plus - This is a 16mm format you may be able to use at medium speeds for a fine grain.
The speed of photos refers to how sensitive to light they are. If a film has a lower speed index, it is not as sensitive and needs more light as it passes through the camera in order to produce an image. Higher indexes may produce images of the same density with less light. The current speed system is measured in ISOs. Some of the most common speeds you may find during your search include:
- 25 ISO
- 50 ISO
- 100 ISO
- 200 ISO
- 300 ISO
- 400 ISO
The precise steps for loading your camera will depend on the model you are using. However, many of these devices use similar parts or steps. You may be able to use the guidelines below to prepare for the next photography session:
- Open the device - Locate the rewind knob and pull it up to open the back of the unit.
- Cut and load - Cut a leader so that you can attach the film to the spool. Plug it into the left side of the unit and push down on the rewind knob.
- Check - Run everything through the spool and make sure the teeth align properly before closing the rear of the unit.
- Set measurements You can now set the aperture, shutter, and film speeds using the dials on your device.