Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Last week I found these two rolls of film at a garage sale for 50 cents. I had never seen actual 616 film before. I don't remember the format although it was still for sale when I was first into photography. 616 film was introduced by Kodak in 1932. It is the same size as 116 film, however the spool is smaller. The idea was that the smaller spool would let cameras be smaller also. As it was most commonly used 616 film made 8 images that were 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches. Prints from 616 film were usually made by the contact method. That is why it is fairly common to see prints of that dimension from the 1930's and 40's. By the 1950's 616 film was in decline although Kodak continued to make it until 1984.
The rolls that I bought both expired in 1972. By that time Kodak only offered 616 film in Kodacolor-X. Kodacolor-X was introduced in 1963 and discontinued in 1974. I believe it was the last of the Kodak films to use the C-22 method of processing. If this film could still yield some images it still would be a challenge to get it processed. There are still a couple of places that say they can do color processing on this film if the dyes have stayed intact. If not B&W images are still possible. Also if you are a DIYer then I have heard of people being able to get B&W images from Kodacolor-X.
I do have a Kodak Senior 616 camera that uses this film, however I don't think that the results I would get would be worth the trouble. So probably I will put this out on Ebay.