Two days in Tokyo with an analog camera (Leica M6) and Silbersalz35 films. The Stuttgart-based company Silbersalz35 produces movies on Kodak film stock. For some time now they load 4 different Kodak cine stocks in 35 mm film cartridges: 2 daylight films (ISO 50 and 250) and 2 tungsten films (ISO 200 and 500). They offer a set of 4 films, processing is included, at a reasonable price: 10 euros / film (pickup). This film stock needs to be developed in  ECN2 process, which only a few labs offer in Germany. Silbersalz glues the films together and then they run continuously through the developing machine. The negatives can only be returned for an additional charge because they have to be picked out and cut to size after being scanned. This approach has led to quite some shitstorm in the community, because to most photographers their negatives are sacred. I can do without it, because I work hybrid anyway: analog -> digital. Prints of digital images are as good for me as lab prints.

After developing, the films run through a Blackmagic Cintel film scanner, which scans the images at an impressive 30 frames per second. The result is a TIFF file with a resolution of 22 MP. After one or two weeks you get a link to Dropbox, where you find your scans as JPG, TIFF with Silbersalz35 color profile and TIFF RAW (without “development”).

When I picked up my films in at their lab in Cannstatt, I got a tour through the lab, I saw the development machine and the scanner. Very nice people at Silbersalz!

The offer from Silbersalz35 is ideal for me. It is relatively cheap and I don’tthave to scan the films myself. In addition, I like the look of these cine films very much!

Traveling by Plane

Interesting question: What happens to the films during the security check? It’s been 20 years since I traveled with analog films. One should definitely put film rolls in the carry-on luggage, as the large scanners that run the checked luggage are likely to damage (expose) the films. The scanners at the cabin baggage control should not harm the films. Nevertheless, it is recommended to ask for a manual check, where films and camera are not put through the X-ray machine. That worked fine at the airports in Frankfurt, Tokyo and Bangkok. The films were checked by hand without hesitation.

There are new 3D X-ray machines, which definitely damage the films. In Tokyo they already had these devices in place.

The Photos