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Kodak Vision 2 500T ESTAR Base?

Kuba Bojsza

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I've been hunting around to find some interesting expired film stocks to shoot on. I found a lot of 16mm 500T Vision 2 - "ESTAR" base for sale. I did some research and found some Kodak write-ups about this ESTAR base stock - polyester stock, interesting...


The only film I've ever shot entire projects on is 35mm and 16mm Vision 3 (as well as experimenting with some expired Vision 2 stocks). I've never heard of this ESTAR base film before. Any one have any knowledge on this? Also, any idea how it might hold up? - seller says it was stored cold and is factory sealed. Of course, I'd test it ahead of any real shooting, but I'm curious if any one has any idea if it's worth it before I buy the lot? Could be fun to do it regardless as it is selling for fairly cheap!


Attached is a photo of the label - curious that it doesn't even have a film code starting in "7." Could this be an experimental stock?


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It's on a daylight spool, double-perf, which is necessary for high-speed, but it's very odd- we never used polyester because as Dirk says a jam at high-speed would be disastrous. You would want the film to break. We actually used a vacuum cleaner to clean out the film chips from a camera run-out.

SO-218 is the special order designation for 7229 double-perf, Estar base, on a daylight spool. Standard for 16mm was single-perf acetate on a core.

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