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KodakHIE 135-36 Hi-Speed Infrared Film
 
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5.0

Best Film Ever

By David

from Alabama

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • It's Cool
  • Reproduces Well
  • Scans Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Travel

    Comments about Kodak HIE 135-36 Hi-Speed Infrared Film:

    I loved this stuff. Kodak I really wish you would make it again, no other IR film has ever come close.

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    5.0

    Truely Heartbroken & Awaiting Its Return

    By Mj from Umassd

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Pro Photographer

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          Comments about Kodak HIE 135-36 Hi-Speed Infrared Film:

          Infrared film is plain incredible and it allows black and white photography to become an art form. To take this product, which has no competition of any kind, off the market completely has nothing to do with a bad economy and low supply/demand, or digital media. It has to do with the fact that most of the money in Photography right now is going to those who do not create art and the business side of film making does not care about those who use it as art. Just as they have no clue what gelatin silver is as compared to time management. Buy it now! Cherish it forever. -Mj/Umassd

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          4.0

          End of an Era

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Kodak HIE 135-36 Hi-Speed Infrared Film:

          I spoke with Kodak in November and learned that HIE isextinct. The manufacturing facility was imploded back inSeptember and once the current stock is gone, it will begone forever. We have been shooting this film for over 12 years, evenshooting it in 4x5 before they stopped making it. Contraryto another review it holds up pretty well as we are notmeticulous in our handling of film. We have had rolls flyto and from Europe, not been refrigerated for months, andstill shot and processed it with perfect results. Howeverfrom now on it will live in the freezer until my last rollis gone.I hate to see it go. You just can't get results like thiswith a digital camera.

          Problems Encountered: The opaque red filter gives the most dramatic results. Werate the film as ISO50 and get the shot every time withinthree half stop brackets. You must have a camera without aninfrared sensor inside and infrared marks on any lens youuse to change your focus from the standard focal plane tothe infrared plane. Hot sunlight provides the best results.We consider it a 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM film. You also will needto carry a tripod as the best landscape results are achievednorth of F11.

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          4.0

          Fascinating stuff

          By Anonymous

          from USA

          Comments about Kodak HIE 135-36 Hi-Speed Infrared Film:

          Takes a little bit more care, loading in complete darkness etc. But the otherworldly effects are worth it. Adds another notch to your creativity belt.

          Expertise: Advanced amateur

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          4.0

          Lots of work, but worth it

          By Jeff

          from New York, NY

          Comments about Kodak HIE 135-36 Hi-Speed Infrared Film:

          I'm a film shooter, and one of the main reasons is that digital cannot, IMHO, begin to approach the effects you get with this film -- adding the effects using Photoshop, with all due respect, is just not the same.It's expensive, and not just for the film -- you'll need a camera that can shoot it without fogging (many cannot), several filters, you need to keep it in a freezer (though you can apparently store it in a normal fridge for about 30 days, which I've had no problems doing), you need to get a black bag to load and unload your camera (if I can do that, anyone can -- just takes practice), if you fly with it, hope you get an understanding screener who'll let you open it in your black bag and help him swab it there -- so far so good and you need to find a lab that knows what they're dealing with to develop it (doable in most medium to large metropolitan areas).With all that, is it worth the effort? My answer is a resounding YES. For me, doing all that means I'm going to get shots and colors 95% or more folks will never get, and that's personally very satisfying. Using different colored filters can make the same composition look completely different, and the Forrest Gump expression You never know what you're gonna get couldn't be more true. In short , if you can work through the items I listed above, this film can get you some effects that you won't get with anything else. To me, it's worth it, and I highly recommend making the effort -- you can get a great sense of accomplishment when you see your slides -- a real buzz!!

          Problems Encountered: See my second paragraph above -- it's not a film for everyone, but worth making the effort, IMHO.

          Items I Recommend: Canon EOS 1VHS & 1N, Orange, Yellow and Green Filters

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