- Update 2023: as of today, developer Part B is supplied in a quantity of 30ml instead of 50ml. The developer has a higher concentration and comes in a glass bottle to be better protected from oxidation. The developer should be diluted with water to obtain the desired working solution and has the same effect as before. -
1-liter kit for 12-16 35mm films with 36 exposures or 6 Super 8 films with a length of 15m each.
A detailed manual of this developing kit can be found under the download section of this product page. Contact us if you have any questions about using this kit!
Kodak Color Motion Picture Films must be developed in the specially designed development process called ECN-2. ECN-2 stands for Eastman Color Negative 2 which is the standard development process for motion picture film introduced by Kodak many years ago now. This process does differ from C-41 both in regards to active chemical developers and an additional step to remove Remjet. For those who are wondering what Remjet is, well, this is a layer of black carbon on the base of the film that acts as a lubricant, an anti-static layer and most importantly an anti-halation layer that prevents the back-scattering of light. When you remove this layer, (orange) halos will form around bright objects like lights, for which CineStill films are so beloved for.
Until now ECN-2 chemistry was only available in industrial-size quantities and is in general hard to get. However, the Italian photo chemistry manufacturer Bellini saw the opportunity to bring smaller kits on the market that are meant for home or amateur processing. Because of the succes of the 3-liter kits, they now also introduced an affordable 1-liter kit for home use. With this kit you can develop between 12 and 16 35mm films with 36 exposures. Like any other color film development kit, the maximum capacity is reached if film is developed in a limited number of batches with as many films per batch. The storage method also has a major impact on shelf life. The color developer is the most delicate component of the kit and after opening the bottle, shelf life is in principle 2 weeks. Durability can be improved if the chemistry is stored in a completely full, airtight bottle. Ideally, an anti-oxidation spray such as Tetenal Protectan should also be used. The shelf life of the developer can therefore be extended to approximately 1 month. In general, however, this kit has a shorter shelf life than, for example, a C-41 kit.
This 1-liter home processing kit includes all chemicals you need to do a full ECN-2 development of color motion picture films or photographic still films which are based on such film stocks like CineStill 50D and 800T.
Be aware that this home processing kit also requires to remove the Remjet layer from the film entirely. The included pre-bath concentrate helps you to remove this layer by making it loose from the film's substrate while doing continuous agitation of the development tank. After treatment it is important to wash the film thoroughly with running water to wash away the Remjet layer left-overs. Before using the final stabilizer bath, it is recommended to repeat this washing sequence (only with running water) to remove smaller left-overs.