110 Film

110 film is getting scarce as Fuji and Ferrania have now stopped production. But it is possible to still find film and processors.

If you know of any good stockists or processors then drop me a line here and I’ll add them to the page!

Dont forget, the 110 neg can be scanned to a very high resolution, see here for details

Frugal Photographer - Stock film - and have some interesting information on its history  http://www.frugalphotographer.com

Process C-22 can process anything - including 110. Although UK based they are offering a worldwide service. They also support 126 and Disc (remember that?!) and can supply prints and or CD. Everything is hand processed (big plus). Contact Dominic at www.processc22.co.uk or info@processc22.co.uk

Rapid Photo Imaging Centre:-Seem to tackle just about anything! Based in the US they offer an international service

7DayShop - they are now out of stock of 110 film, but are a very useful site for just about anything, so I’ve kept the link www.7dayshop.co.uk The company is based in Guernsey.

City Photographic - A UK company, based in Southampton, have produced a site JUST for 110 processing can be found here - www.110processing.co.uk

Cutting the “Tab”
(Thanks to Neil Rabone for this). When the cameras were in production the 110 film cartridges had tabs that the camera could detect to set the meter either at 80ASA or 400ASA. As all 110 film cartridges are now the same, the camera will always assume the film is 80ASA which is not very useful if you have loaded the faster 400ASA film. A simple alteration can be made to the film cartridge to correct this as shown in the photo below. Trim the bottom half of the lip on the right hand side of the cassette (when looking from the back). This will prevent the cartridge pressing the micro-switch..

FilmTab speedset-film1

Reloading the Film Cartridges

Yes - its possible to reload film into a 110 cardtridge, follow the links below for more information

Did you know that.....
...the designation 110 was originally applied by Kodak to a roll film format introduced in 1898, producing 5" x 4" images. That film was discontinued in October, 1929.

The 110 cartridge was introduced by Kodak in 1972 together with their Pocket Instamatic cameras. The new pocket-sized cameras became immediately popular, and in a short time displaced competing subminiature cameras, such as the Minolta 16 series, from the market.

Tthe film is fully housed in a plastic cartridge, this also registers the image when the film is advanced. There is a continuous backing paper, and the frame number and film type is visible through a window at the rear of the cartridge. The film does not need to be rewound, and is very simple to load and unload. The film is pre-exposed with frame lines and numbers, a feature intended to make it easier and more efficient for photofinishers to print.

In the 1970’s Canon, Voigtlnder, Minox, Rollei, Pentax, Minolta and other (including Kodak) offered sophisticated and expensive 110 cameras with excellent multi-element, focusing lenses and precise, electronically controlled exposure systems. These cameras were capable of making high quality images on 110 film. Some of these cameras were quite small, and still hold appeal to enthusiasts of subminiature photography.

However, the overwhelming majority of 110 cameras were cheaply made, with mediocre lenses and only rudimentary exposure control. The small negative size of 110 film makes it difficult to enlarge successfully, and for these reasons, the 110 format is associated with prints that are often rather blurry and unsharp. This gave rise to the misconception that the cartridge itself is incapable of holding film flat enough for making high-quality negatives.

The 110 cartridge, as specified by Kodak, has a plastic tab on one end. Camera designers had the option of using this tab to sense film speed, enabling sophisticated cameras to switch between high and low speed film. A short tab indicated high speed film, and a long tab indicated low speed film. Kodak left it to the film manufacturer to decide which film speeds were high or low. Only a few expensive cameras like the Pentax110 took advantage of this feature