Solaris 126 film closely examined

There are two images on this page. The first is a full-width, cropped-depth scan of an image taken on Solaris 126 film processed at a quality-oriented one-hour lab. The artificial lighting was overly-blue, which cooled the image somewhat, and this was not manipulated out during scanning. I hope to post shots soon which show the film's response to warm light check back every so often.

The camera was a Kodak Instamatic Reflex. It's exposure system was set for ASA 200 and appears to have exposed the film correctly. The negative would easily enlarge to 30" square (76cm2). Inexpensive Instamatic cameras with simpler lenses are unlikely to yield images this sharp, but most reasonably good ones should give images that easily enlarge to 8x10 or even larger sizes, with excellent color reproduction.

126 film is 35mm wide, and its 28mm square image is slightly larger in the vertical dimension than 35mm camera film, which has a 24x36mm image size. As these samples show, Solaris 126 gives the image sharpness and quality associated with all good 35mm color films.

Below the full image is an un-retouched 2700 dpi scan of a portion of the image. This is approximately the equivalent of examining a detail in a 24"x24" print (however a print would have been retouched to eliminate dust specks, and the scan is not retouched). It demonstrates the film's tight, clear granular structure, its natural color reproduction, remarkably good contrast and shadow detail, and shows that it can be greatly enlarged without loss of image integrity.

Above is an unretouched  image,  taken on Solaris 126 film. Below is a greatly enlarged detail of this image.

This unretouched detail from the middle of the full-frame negative demonstrates the film's excellent granular structure, its ability to capture texture and shadow detail, and the fidelity of its color reproduction.

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