What is film acceleration and why and when do we do it.

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This is an example of an accelerated film.

In this case it is a Kodacolor-X roll film from the late 1960s. What you see in the upper image is the film processed into a B&W negative – the safest way to process most outdated color film (one exception is Kodachrome which is only available to be processed into B&W). We determined that the B&W version of the negative was in pretty good condition.  A  “security” scan was made of all of the pictures on the roll.  Then we ran the film through a further process known as film acceleration, to bring the negative into color, as you see in the lower image.  Not only did we get color, but by doing this additional process, we ended up with a higher contrast version than if we had gone straight to color (without the initial b&w processing step).

In the above case, the B&W version of the picture is clearer, more like a new B&W film.  The color version has appealing aspects to it for some people.  We let you decide whether trying to get color results is important to you.

Is it worthwhile asking us to accelerate your film?

In section 3 of our order form you have the following options for most of your color film.

  1. Do the safest possible process and only process your film only into B&W
  2. Process into B&W first, do a security scan and then when “reasonable” accelerate into color.  Add $10.00 to the usual processing fee, if applicable.
  3. Process into B&W first, do a security scan and then reprocess into color regardless of the results in B&W.  Add $10.00 to the usual processing fee, regardless of color outcome.

If you are on a budget then option one is a good choice. If color is important to you then option two is a good choice and we will only “accelerate” into color if we think there’s a decent chance of getting fair color image. Option three is for those that aren’t concerned about the price and want to make sure they have seen all possible options, no holds barred.



Kodachrome and B&W films can not be accelerated!

You can see a further example of film acceleration here…


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