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What is Motion
Picture Film

Motion picture film was originally made specifically for the film directors and cinematographers. However, these stocks eventually gained immense popularity within the film photography community due to its unique rendition of colour catered for daylight or tungsten illumination usage. Motion picture film uses a different chemistry process called ECN-2 which includes removing the adhesive holding a layer of black carbon off the backing of the film called the remjet layer.

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Suitable under conditions such as

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Outdoors or indoors with sufficient natural or artificial lighting. For this reason, motion picture film is a popular choice for landscape and portrait photography. 

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Color Temperature

Do keep in mind that using daylight balanced motion picture film under tungsten illumination might result in a color shift in images and vice versa. Hence, we recommend using fresh and correct film stock for optimal results. 

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Camera & Lens

Motion picture film for photography is commonly used in 35mm format such as SLR cameras and rangefinder cameras that offer more advanced controls over the shooting process. There is also a variation for medium format cameras but sprocket holes will be visible as the film will be spliced down then spooled to fit medium format beforehand. 

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Dx Code

The DX code is that silver and black section on your 35mm film canister. It’s useful in telling electronic cameras information about the ISO value of the film. However most motion picture films sold will not have DX code printed on the canister hence we don’t recommend it for toy cameras or automatic point & shoot cameras. 

Curious to see what it looks like?

Check out our sample images here.