Anybody ever heard of Dynachrome?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Annika1980, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Annika1980

    Annika1980 Guest

    Found an old family slide shot on Dynachrome Transparency film. I'd
    never heard of Dynachrome, but apparently it was equivalent to
    Kodachrome with ASA of 10-25. The company that made it, Dynacolor, was
    started by a few Eastman Kodak guys and was only a short distance from
    the Kodak plant. It was later bought out by 3M.

    Anyway, like the old Kodachrome slides, this one held up pretty well.
    Here's the scan:
    Annika1980, Jan 12, 2007
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    Summer Wind Guest

    I see you're related to Carmen Miranda. LOL

    Summer Wind, Jan 12, 2007
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    gowanoh Guest

    My dim recollection, which could be wrong, was that this was an Ektachrome
    chemistry compatible film from the mid to late 1960s with characteristics
    similar to the old ANSCO/GAF films of similar type. To my recollection these
    films all tended to a reddish or brownish tint which is what I see in your
    posted image, although aging of your transparency may have caused color
    shift. I think they competed with Kodak at a slightly lower price point.
    gowanoh, Jan 12, 2007

  4. I found this on the web:

    It's a very long story. It looks like the same film you are talking
    about, but not sure. You can skip to the 1963 part if you find
    yourself falling
    helensilverburg, Jan 12, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    DYNACHROME! There's a brand that I hadn't remembered in a long time!

    In looking back at some old film info, there were a couple of references to
    the stuff, as follows:

    Color Slide Film:

    Dynacolor (Brand) "Dynachrome 25" 25ASA Daylight, 12ASA Tungsten, 6000K
    Color balance
    Dynacolor (Brand) "Dynachrome 64" 64 ASA Daylight, 25ASA Tungsten, 6000K
    Color balance

    Color Negative Film:

    Dynacolor (Brand) "Dynachrome for Color Prints" 64 ASA Daylight, 20 ASA

    So it looks as though they had 2 slide emulsions and 2 print emulsions.
    Kodak's Kodachrome was rated at 5500K color temperature, not the 6000 that
    was rated for Dynacolor, Fujichrome, and GAF.

    I remember their newspaper ads, but I must have been in my teens back then,
    and I used a TLR until I got my Spotmatic IIa, when I was in my early 20s.
    jeremy, Jan 12, 2007

  6. I read some bits and pieces about Dynachrome on the web and you're
    right it was bought out by 3M. It was K12 (also K11) film which
    includes the following types:

    Kodak Kodachrome, Kodachrome-X, Kodachrome II and Kodachrome F
    helensilverburg, Jan 12, 2007
  7. Good morning from Austria,

    when Kodak was forced to separate Kodachrome film sales and processing
    in the USA in 1954, and the original Kodachrome patents had expired,
    Kodak disclosed the processing scheme and reagents, and independent
    laboratories took over Kodachrome processing.
    clone, initially for the Kodachrome K11 process, later, as Kodachrome
    II and X were introduced with K12 processing, Dynachrome issued its own
    successor process named SK91 and a 25 ASA film, which was sold in
    Germany as Turachrome-2, Kranz Color C16, and as the mail-order films
    offered by department stores as Neckermann Brilliant, Reporter Color,
    Unichrome, as well as Gratispool (GB), Tower Color, Mirachrome,
    Canachrome etc. (US), as described by the German photo historian Gert
    Koshofer in his book about color photography (1981). In a permanence
    test published in 1994 by the same author, Kranz Color and Ilfachrome
    (another Kodachrome clone from Ilford) slides from 1961 had virtually
    unchanged colors.

    Dynachrome 64 was manufactured by Ferrania with Agfacolor technology.
    In 1970, Dynacolor stopped production of Kodachrome-clone film.
    Dr. Heinz Anderle, Jan 13, 2007
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Thanks for all the good info.
    Annika1980, Jan 13, 2007
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    Oct 23, 2008
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    Re: Dynachrome

    Talk about along time to reply! I just want to add my 2 cents.
    I remember Dynachrome fondly. I won a national slide contest back in the '70s when I was a teen. Just thought I'd brag.
    sbark2209, Oct 23, 2008
  10. Annika1980


    Dec 16, 2013
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    Chandler, AZ
    Re Dynachrome

    I worked for the Dynacolor Corporation at both Brockport, NY where the film was manufactured and at Aurora, IL where we processed Dynachrome, from December, 1957 to 1962. Dynachrome was based on Kodachrome chemistry (K-12), with a sales price point below that of Kodachrome. I still have several trays of Dynachrome slides from those days and they have held up remarkably well. The company was sold to 3M in June, 1963. The company's sales for the year ending Oct. 31, 1962, were $12,777,054, with earnings of 20 cents a share. Not bad for a startup in those days.
    DesertSooner, Dec 16, 2013
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    Jan 23, 2014
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    Found your post and noticed you worked for Dynacolor. I am on a long crazy search for information on my grandfather, Mark Finn (Finocchiaro). He worked for a man named Richard Fink at Dynacolor back in the late 50's. It seems as though you were there at the same time. My grandfather was sent to Mexico to start up Dynacolor there but then never returned. Any information would be greatly appreciated! This is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Thanks in advance!
    findinghistory, Jan 23, 2014
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