Film Friday - Spotlight on FPP RetroChrome 35mm!


With the announcement of new, reformulated Ektachrome Slide Film being released by Kodak AND Film Ferrania Italy releasing a all-new Slide Film (later this year), there has been LOTS of interest in Color Positive Film!

Last year FPP introduced a brand new "retro" film stock called FPP RetroChrome. Purchased from a US Government auction and shipped from an underground "cold vault," this color slide film has been fed to thousands of FPPer's cameras...producing amazing results!

What is FPP RetroChrome film?
RetroChrome is government surplus Eastman Ektachrome. Made for industrial and governmental applications, Kodak adds “it is color reversal camera film that is intended for photography under daylight illumination. Among its many applications are news photography, sporting events and industrial photography.” The film is cold-stored expired. The film performs excellent at it’s intended box speed which leads us to believe that this film has been stored in the “deep freeze” for the past decade.

Mark Dalzell loaded up FPP RetroChrome 320 in his Minolta x700 for this shot of his daughter. Home-processed in the FPP Rapid E6 kit / Epson v700 scan.

So, what's available of FPP RetroChrome Color Slide film?!?

  • RetroChrome 160 35mm 24exp rolls here
  • RetroChrome 320 35mm 24exp rolls here
  • RetroChrome 35mm 9-Roll assortment box here
  • RetroChrome 35mm 19-roll assortment in a Kodak can here
  • RetroChrome 320 35mm 24exp 9-roll box here
  • RetroChrome 320 35mm 100' bulk roll here

Another "keeper" by Mark Dalzell shot on RetroChrome 320 in his Minolta x700.

What is "Chrome" Film? Chrome film is a color reversal film than develops into a color positive when processed via E6 chemistry. Color positive film can be scanned (just like negative film) and is awesome because you can project color slides using a Kodak Carousel or other slide projector! Ask your lab if they can process E6 – Recommended lab -

How do I shoot FPP RetroChrome Film? Just load he film into your 35mm camera and shoot. If your camera is auto, it will detect the DX code and your all ready to shoot. If you have a manual 35mm camera set your iso to 160 (or 100 if you do not have a 160 option) - for High Speed RetroChrome, set your iso manually to 320 (automatic camera will be set to 400 iso)

How do I develop FPP RetroChrome film? If you are sending your film out then select E6 option for color slides or if you wish to cross-process, select C-41 option for color negs. Note that cross-processing will produce slight color-shifts. If you home-process, use the FPP Rapid E6 kit for color slides or the FPP C-41 kit for cross-processed color negs!

above: Daniel Lachman's You Tube review of FPP RetroChrome!


Last Word - What is Cross-Processing?
Cross Processing is when you process Color Slide Film (E6) in Color Negative chemistry (C-41). The results will yield a color negative with an alternative color palette. Colors may be subdued and pastel-like. According to WikiPedia “The results of cross processing differ from case to case, as the results are determined by many factors such as the make and type of the film used, the amount of light exposed onto the film and the chemical used to develop the film.”



Dave AKA 52 Cameras's picture
Hi FPP, I shot the 320 RetroChrome I got with the E6 deal in a Promaster 2000PK Super (Cosina CT-1 variant) and I love the results. It's a little grainy but I used it mostly in really low light so that's to be expected. I'm looking forward to trying the 160. The Rapid E6 kit is sweet. I used it for the RetroChrome and some waaay expired Ektachrome and got nice results. I'm a bit of a noob so easy-to-use slide dev is a big deal. Some results at: No spam or ads, just my dinky blog. Thanks, Dave
Gordon Cooper's picture

The Retrochrome 320 is an incredible film. It has an almost pastel rendering of colours. While there is some grain, tight focus and keeping print size smaller than 11x14 minimizes this aspect.

I shot a roll at a wedding and one roll for this Spring's garden, and in both cases, the film offered a palette otherwise unavailable.

I don't suppose any of this was made in 70mm so it could be cut down to 120? 


Best of available light,

Gordon Cooper

Bremerton WA USA

Alan Brzozowski's picture
Gordon, What did you use to process it (HC-110 "B", Rodinal, etc)? Just curious, as I bought several rolls but have yet to shoot any of it. Thanks, Alan
Alan Brzozowski's picture
(faceplam) Nevermind... I thought you mean Foma's Retropan 320.
murray69.em's picture
Can't wait to use retrochrome on my panama city beach. Trip this November!

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