any advice on the condition of polyester film stock with regards to colour fade. I am thinking of buying a 16mm print and ive been told that the condition is very good but fair to good colour - would this have something to do with the film stock ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007
posted May 27, 2019 10:52 AM
Definitely depends on the film stock. Fair to good does sound somewhat a stretch of the imagination! Ask the seller what stock was used for the film, and perhaps a more detailed explanation as regards the print's colour.
Thanks for this - I doubt the seller will provide pics as he hasn't done before - he's very well known. I think i will pass on this - he says that the condition is very good with a few light lines over the opening credits and a few light lines after that - but if there is fade - how on earth can this be in very good condition ?
posted June 10, 2019 11:19 AM
I can't blame a person who doesn't know a good print when he or she sees one, as stating it to be good. I mean, if the print is not completely falling apart as they un-spool it, as far as they're concerned, it's good.
It's the ones that know better that get under you're skin.
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posted June 10, 2019 04:23 PM
This always ones up from time to time. To me a film listed in good condition is talking about the physical condition of the print and the color is a seperate issue. I have some prints in fair and downright crappy condition (torn sprockets, lines) but the color is beautiful. If I see a print listed in good condition I will then ask about the color.
From: The Projection Box
Registered: Nov 2006
posted June 12, 2019 02:22 AM
David for what its worth my favourite film stock is Agfa AG 2S (Double rank printed) Its probably the only film stock that doesn't turn red.
Did an experiment a couple of years ago on a tram lined film. Colour was bad so split the film in two. One half into the freezer and the other sealed in a bag and put on top of the shed over summer. After a few months the shed film was nice and red and of course the freezer part good. The biggest enemy of any film collection is heat and humidity. Take care.