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Thursday, May 11, 2006

ISO 24,000 Film from Kodak

No, that's not a typo. This week at the International Congress of Imaging Science in Rochester, NY, Kodak researchers presented a new silver halide emulsion that is thermally developed to produce a positive image at speeds of up to ISO 24,000. You can read the conference abstract here.

Kodak is currently seeking to determine whether there is sufficient demand for such a film to justify a trial production run. More in this thread over at APUG, including instructions on how to communicate your interest to Kodak.

Posted by OREN GRAD

Featured Comment by Nicolai Grossman: I read (and blogged) this yesterday, but one implication didn’t hit me until today: if released commercially, it would allow handheld pinhole photography at normal shutter speeds.

An aperture of ƒ/185 gives you a shutter speed between 1/125 and 1/250 second in about a half stop under full sun, and you’d have an even wider range of choices with zone plates or photon sieves, whose aperture equivalents are larger.

This opens up a lot of possibilities that didn’t really exist before: tripod-free shooting, flash (including fill flash), precision exposure control with normal shutters, and a whole world of candid/documentary and indoor and outdoor stop-motion photography.

While I generally like the slower shooting experience of pinhole photography, sometimes it’s just annoying, and sometimes it outright prevents me from getting the shots I want.

I’m really excited by the possibility of more creative choices. Bring it on, Kodak!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how you could set 24000 ISO on cameras...
I don't know any camera ready for that sensitivity...
Of course, you could shoot in manual mode... And guesstimate the parameters...
Let's give it a try, though...

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I read above was "UP TO" 24,000iso. The base speed might be a couple stops lower. No need to guess or sunny16, just use the highest multiple and compensate; example camera/meter set to 12,000 and double the shurtter speed (or close apture 1 f-stop); or set for 6,000 and up the shutter speed 2 stops, etc.

iF you camera has exposure comp builtin just set it accordingly and shoot away.

May I suggest some may want to go back to photography 101, or reread a book on the basics.

=JD= (aka) Mr.Gadget

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this is essentially just 6 stops faster than ISO 400, so if you were shooting an indoor sport, say, at 1/125th second with film pushed to 3200 ISO you'd be able to use 1/1000th with this film. WHich is, of course, pretty nice.

Assuming the grain characteristics are reasonable, I'd imagine that there are surveillance opportunities for this kind of film as well.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where can i see sample pictures from this film? i want to see the grain and the contrast..

4:41 PM  

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