Kodak Vision 2 100T: 1 Year, 2 Lomos, 3 Rolls

FPP-rolled, expired Kodak Vision 2  100T, is a rather grainy, motion picture stock from the good people at the FPP. Beware: it’s got remjet, but if you manage to get that gunk off, and can pull the green out of it in post (or shoot with a strong-enough orange filter over your flash (or an 85 color correction filter over the lens)), it’s not bad, really.

I’m not sure why I picked up these three rolls of FPP’s Vision 100T. I think maybe they had a sale on or something, but I really don’t recall, and it doesn’t much matter anyway. I shot two rather quickly: the first with the LC-A and the Toshiba 312 flash, with an orange filter to correct T out of the film. I alternated some between shooting with a gelled flash, and shooting with the gel taped over the LC-A lens. At night, the low-powered 312 and the LC-A just make some kind of magic together, but during the day, the gelled flash had practically no effect. But take the gel off the flash and tape it over the lens, and *poof*!

(I wish I’d remembered that when I shot the last roll…)

Sadly, most of that first roll was shot at night, and, well, I already mentioned the 312 flash. It claims to have a GN of 39 feet at ISO 100, but I think that’s overly optimistic. I’d call it maybe 10, but then I don’t know much about flash or guide numbers, really.

I took the second roll on a walk through (if I recall) the Village Creek Historical Area in Arlington. I followed the trail pretty far back, and took almost every off-shoot I came across, and had a pleasant enough time. In preparation for this post, I figured out that I never even processed this roll. It goes really green in daylight, but I found it fairly easy to correct, I think.

I did have one interesting exposure on this walk… Fooled the LC-A meter, or something, but I got a great unintentional Day for Night effect:

I finished off the roll later that week at work and after completing the reconfigured vegetable patches. The new setup worked great in 2017, but we’ll be rebuilding it again, again, this year.

If I recall, I had a tough time with the remjet. I’m not sure if it was the age of it, or what. The remjet on the 50D that I shot back in 2016 came off easy, but it was much harder with these, and so I left the last roll to sit in the fridge for a year, and only decided to shoot it when my chemicals started to get old…

I’ve shared most of these already this week, but I loaded the last roll into the Diana Mini and started it on a walk with my darling, adorable wife one Saturday or Sunday morning.

I shot some more on the drive up to visit Mom later that week.

And I finished the roll off at her house.

So that’s 1 year, 2 Lomo camera (the LC-A and the Diana Mini), and 3 rolls of FPP Vision 100T. Good times, sorta.

So what do I think of the expired Kodak Vision 100T? Well, the older it gets, the grainier it gets, but it’s a pleasant-enough grain, and would probably be minimized with fresh chemicals. The big problem is the remjet. It was a little bit tough to get off the first time, before it sat in the fridge for a year. But the last roll was a huge pain, and I think some of the remjet migrated to the emulsion side in my attempts to get it off. Yuck.

Grain
Character
Handling
Processing

Overall, I’d give it 2.8 stars.

At time of writing, the FPP still has some available, and you can find cans of it in lengths ranging from 25-1000′ on the ‘bay, but if you want movie film, I’d stick with Cinestill or fresh stuff, and when/if I shoot more remjet-backed film, I’ll likely send it off and pay someone else to deal with the remjet. Yuck.

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