Friday, June 27, 2008

Manufacturer of Photographic Film

*: discontinued, **: bankruptcy

  • AgfaPhoto**
  • Agfa-Gevaert (Materials division)
  • Bergger (European company composed of former Guilleminot employees.)
  • Dai Nippon Printing
  • Efke
  • Foma
  • Forte
  • Ferrania
  • Fujifilm
  • Ilford
  • Imation (Spin-off company of 3M has since sold the film business to Ferrania)
  • Kodak
  • Konica Minolta*
  • Lucky
  • Maco
  • Mitsubishi
  • ORWO
  • Perutz
  • Polaroid*
  • ProClick
  • Solaris (Ferrania)
  • Svema
  • Tasma
  • Tura

Film manufacturers commonly make film that is branded by other companies. Modern films have bar codes on the edge of the film which can be read by a bar code reader. This is because film is sometimes processed differently according to specifications of the film, determined by its manufacturer; the bar code is entered into the computer printer before the film is printed.

To establish the OEM, read the bar code printed on the cassette. Divide the long number by 16 and record the number before the decimal, then multiply the number after the decimal by 16, this could give you a result such as 18 and 2.

The first number is known as the PRODUCT (film manufacturer) and the second number as the MULTIPLIER (speed of the film ISO). In the previous example, 18 identifies 3M as the manufacturer and 2 means it is 200 ISO:

  • 3M = 18
  • Agfa = 17 or 49
  • Kodak = 80, 81, 82 or 88

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