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#CinestillDevDays Part 9 - 5:30pm PDT, Friday September 25th on Instagram Live!

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#CineStillDevDays Part 9 is on the way! Catch us on Instagram live this Friday, September 25th at 5:30pm PDT, to see the new and exciting LAB-BOX Pro Lid in action! The Pro Lid is an exciting new addition to Ars-Imago's LAB-BOX accessory line up, with a built-in timer AND thermometer, this tool makes your temperature dependent film processing even more of a breeze!

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#CinestillDevDays Part 8 - 5:30pm PDT, Friday September 11th on Instagram Live!

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Join us at the same time, same place - 5:30pm PST on Instagram Live, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11th- for #CinestillDevDays part 8! This time, we'll walk you through  the Black&White Processing Kit and will be processing a roll of BwXX with the Df96 Monobath. Followed by live Q&A and a giveaway!

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#CinestillDevDays part 7 - 5:30pm PDT, Friday August 28th on Instagram Live!

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CINESTILL DEV DAYS #7 - 5:30pm PDT, Friday August 28th on Instagram Live! Catch us on Instagram live as we walk you through the capable and unbeatable Jobo duo kit. Available now on our online store!


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FREEDOM EQUALITY JUSTICE: A Photographic Print Fundraiser

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We’re honored to introduce our first ever print sale fundraiser; "FREEDOM EQUALITY JUSTICE" benefitting Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP, and Save The Children$100 for a print = $100 to charity.  Active now from July 1st - July 15th!

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No Compromises - Cs6 3-Bath Process vs. E6 6-Bath Processing

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With the Cs6 "Creative Slide" process the number of processing baths for E-6 film is reduced from 6 to 3. The reversal step occurs during color development in a Color&Reversal bath, and the pre-bleach, bleach steps are combined with the fixing step in a Bleaches&Fixer bath. People often wonder, "What are the compromises with combined processing baths?", such as the Cr6 "Color&Reversal" 2-In-1 Slide Solution or the Bf6 "Bleaches&Fixer" 3-In-1 Slide Solution. The reality is that there are no compromises between fresh Cs6 and carefully replenished E-6 chemistry. 

Just see for yourself! We bracketed exposures of an extreme lighting situation just before sunset, with cool skylight and warm backlight. Snip tests were made and processed in each of our 1st developers at 104ºf and the remaining 2 Cs6 baths at ~85-100ºf in a Patterson tank. The remaining film was sent to The Darkroom photo lab and processed with the 6-bath E-6 process. The Darkroom specializes in professional film developing and scanning. Their Sitte Tischer TruTrak dip & dunk processor maintains high professional standards with constant process control standards. All frames were scanned on the Skier Sunray Box with a Canon 5D mk2 with all the same settings and corrections.

Kodak Ektachrome E100 with an Olympus Zuiko 50mm at f/2 bracketed 1 stop over and under.

There is a lot of conjecture and skepticism out there regarding the archival stability and efficacy of "hobby" type chemistry kits, especially when it comes to slide processing. Some rationalize that, "Professional labs must prefer the 6-bath E-6 process because it is superior." or posit, "Why then don't pro labs use combined processing baths like blix?" Well, that is not the whole story...

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