Most local shops in my area will process "SFW" film but require an add on price
whether it is marked C-41 or not.
Tim Victor wrote:
> On Saturday, March 24, Arthur Entlich wrote:
> > Mike is right. There are no "supermarket" brands. 3M/Scotch used to be
> > a main supplier of these no-brand films, but I think they left that biz.
> 3M spun off their imaging technologies business under the name of
> Imation in 1996. The photographic division was sold off to a group of
> private investors in 1999 and now operates (again) as Ferrania.
> (This according to http://www.ferraniait.com/Corporate/background.htm.)
> On Sunday, March 25, Alan Tyson wrote:
> > Do I remember correctly that 3M
> > had a plant in Italy? Who owns it now? It is the 'Ferrania'
> > plant I remember from my youth?
> Yes, 3M acquired Ferrania in 1964 and their film products were later sold
> under the Scotch name for many years, in addition to being packaged for
> private labels. According to one source, K-Mart is Imation/Ferrania's largest
> single customer. (I'm a big fan of Focal 100 myself. Cheap crap, but the
> good kind of cheap crap...)
> On Sunday, March 25, Laurie Solomon wrote:
> > Aren't they the ones who bought 35mm movie film tails, respooled the 35mm
> > movie film ends into canisters of 24 and 36 exposures, and then resold the
> > 35mm canisters to the public via the mail. The net result was that you had
> > to use them for processing because no other knowledgeable lab would
> > knowingly process the film because it has a backing that would come off in
> > their processors and was damn near impossible to clean off.
> Yes, that's what Seattle Film Works did until sometime around a year
> or two ago. These days, their film cannisters are clearly marked "Process
> C-41" and "Made in Italy," a pretty good giveaway that it's Ferrania film.
> The film also has unique edge markings and a distinctive base color that
> indicates who made it.
> But I've heard that many film labs still refuse to process Photoworks/SFW
> film, no matter what the cannister says, and will be persuaded by no
> amount of explanation, because they "know" that it will mess up their
> machines or chemicals somehow.
> Assuming that this is on-topic because we have to know which media
> type to select when scanning the stuff...
> Tim Victor