110 Colour Film Processing

We can process and most common 110 colour films from Kodak (VR, 100, 200, 400, Kodacolor II), Fuji (Superia, Reala). Konica/Sakuracolor have also lasted well.

Resolution is sufficient for any HD Screen and machine prints to 7"x5".

Download the latest 110 Order and Processing Form here.

Any 110 film can be processed except Kodachrome..

If you find unexposed film: put it in a Tupperware© container and then in the fridge to stop further deterioration.

110 Technical Guide

110 cassettes are of two types: with a long flange or short flange. All modern Lomography cassettes have the LONG flange and all cassettes under 400 ASA both ancient and modern have the LONG flange.

400 ASA cassettes should have the SHORT flange to tell the camera to set a high shutter speed or, more likely to stop down the lens by a released pin. We will verify this as we see more original cassettes for processing that are 400 ASA.

All LONG -flanged cassettes will set LOW range setting. 110 cameras could support LOW and HIGH sensitivity from 1976 by introducing a pin in the film chamber. Default operation was 'pin depressed' as the LONG flange on the cassette covered the pin.

When the HIGH range cassettes were introduced after 1975, the pin would now be released and told the camera's electronics to assume a faster film so use a smaller aperture or faster shutter speed.

This operation was never documented in the manufacturers' manuals we have seen.

What do the LOW or HIGH ranges mean in terms of ISO speed?

This is a grey area - literally. Simple camera models either had no support for HIGH range or would support HIGH above a certain serial number, or would not tell you there was even a HIGH range possible. This meant that customers would use 400 ASA films in their cameras and all the results would be over-exposed, as there was no pin in the camera to tell the unit what to set the lens or shutter speed to get correct exposures.

The vendors could choose what ASA film speed to match to the LOW or HIGH ranges. There were no guidelines from Kodak, whose own Ektra cameras were optimised for Kodak film speeds of 80 ASA (speed of the first 110 films in 1972)

So a) check if your camera has a pin in the film chamber that is always bottom right with the rear of the camera facing you. There will be a small depressable pin in plastic or metal. Do not remove the the pin and b) check the exact manual to match your camera model to get the definitions of HIGH and LOW ranges translated into ASA speed.

No 110 camera manufacturer even mentions the LOW/HIGH pin in their instruction guides

ASA Guide for 110 Cameras

All Lomography 110 cassettes are LOW range (pin depressed) speed. Lomography 100 ASA Orca, as we see, spot on for the Pentax and adequate for the remainder.

Lomography 200 ASA films are an overexposure problem for 110 every camera except the two Minolta models. It is one-stop more sensitive film compared with what the camera expects so the camera will expose a 200 ASA film as if it is 100 ASA.

The Minolta SLR's are unique to all 110 cameras because they have an exposure compensation dial of +/- 2 stops. See below for more information.

Magical Minolta 110 SLRs

Minolta believed anyone paying the price of a cheap 35mm SLR (£140 in 1980) for one of their new smaller 110 SLR models should lose no features in the exchange of formats.

33 years on, you can set the compensation to tune the camera's exposure meter to the correct range for the film. Set the exposure compensation dial to -1 for correct exposure.

Minolta 110 tiger -1

Pentax 110 Velvia 50

This is from a Pentax 110 Camera with a specially-loaded Velvia 50 film inside a reloaded cassette. The camera exposed at LOW range (64-80)

The Pentax 110 is one of the few 110 cameras which does not use the single sprocket to advance the film so we could re-load the cassette.

Minolta SLR I Tiger 200

This is from a Minolta SLR mark 2 with Lomography Tiger 200 exposed with -1 compensation. If you do not compensate the exposure for the faster film, it will over-expose and wash out the colour