What Type of Film Does Film Rescue Process and what can I expect?

At Film Rescue we process virtually any and all old, expired, obsolete and antiquated films. It’s what we do.

If you approach us with a film that is a current process we will first determine from you whether you need us or not. Most films that are only expired by 5 or 6 years or so will come out ok processed by a reputable local provider. If your film is older than this we want to have a conversation on exactly what you have, how important it is to you and how you think it was stored. With this information we can normally give some useful guidance on how you might want to proceed. We honestly don’t want to be selling our premium service to people that don’t need us.

Our  lab notes and our database of over 500 unique types of film we have processed, guide us on the best way to process any given film.  We are always monitoring processing results and matching the most appropriate process to a specific film. The following is a list of the most common films that we develop on a regular basis.

Following the film is a percentage of this type of film that comes out as recognizable and the quality trend for that film. Keep in mind, the quality trend is only a trend – some will be better and some worse — and applies to films that were exposed correctly by the photographer.

Scale:

  • Very Poor — You can for the most part make out what is on the film but identifying people can be a challenge.
  • Poor — You can easily identify people and places but the images are very harsh and grainy.
  • Fair — Pictures are clear and easy to look at but not perfect. They may be lower contrast and have problems with blemishes and edge fogging.
  • Good — The pictures aren’t perfect but they are completely acceptable. They may appear grainier than a normal new film.
  • Very Good — Little difference between it and the quality of the pictures from a brand new film.
Film Type Percentage Recognizable Quality Trend
Kodacolor 97% Fair
Kodacolor-x 99% Fair
Kodacolor II 89% Poor
Kodacolor HR 99% Fair
Kodacolor VR 99% Fair
Kodacolor Gold 99% Good
Kodachrome (Motion and Still) 55% Very Poor
Kodachrome-x 97% Fair
Kodachrome II (Motion and Still) 80% Poor
Kodachrome 40 (Motion and Still) 99% Fair
Verichrome 88% Fair
Verichrome Pan 98% Very Good
Ektachrome 80% Poor
Ektachrome-x 93% Fair
Ektachrome 160 95% Fair
Ektachrome 7244 90% Poor
Ektachrome 7242 80% Poor
Moviechrome – all brands including Anso, Agfa, GAF, Boot’s 90% Poor
Triple Print (Black and White Label) 95% Poor
Triple Print (Blue and White Label) 58% Fair
Triple Print (Red and White Label) 92% Poor
Triple Print (Green and White Label) 80% Poor
Triple Print (Pink/Magenta and White Label) 95% Fair
Triple Print (Roman Numeral “VI” or “V”) 99% Good
Triple Print (Swiss Cross in Circle or Flower Shapes) 90% Poor
GAF Color Negative and Color Slide in cassettes 126 & 35mm 38% Very Poor
Agfachrome 90% Fair
Agfacolor 99% Fair
Ansco All-Weather 99% Fair
Ansco Moviechrome 70% Poor
Ansco/Agfa Plenachrome 95% Fair
Fotomat Color Print 95% Fair
Fotomat SR-V 99% Fair
Fotomat E-4 99% Fair
Fujichrome R100 60% Very Poor
Fujichrome N100 99% Fair
Fujicolor 99% Good
Fujichrome RT25, RT50 & RT200 70% Poor
Seattle Filmworks 99% Good
Signature Brand 99% Good
Famous Brand (Green Label) 90% Poor
RGB 99% Good
All Disc Film (Highly variable between brands and generations — check with us for more exact details) 90% Fair
Any and all out dated film that may require special handling N / A N / A