110 negative scanning

Its funny how it goes isn’t it, you don’t see a number 73 bus for hours then two come along at once. The last time I had someone send us 110 size negatives was a couple of years ago but this week I have received 2 lots from different customers!

The format was quite popular in the mid seventies and eighties. It was a 110 a cartridge-based film format and, I believe, still available. It was introduced by Kodak in 1972 as a smaller version of Kodak’s earlier 126 format. The frame size is 13 mm × 17 mm (0.51 in × 0.67 in), and there were 24 frames per cartridge and sometimes you could sqeeze another one.

The film was contained in a plastic cartridge and advanced through the camera after easc shot. The film did not need rewinding, the catridge was sent for processing in its entirety. Unlike later competing formats, such as APS or disc film, processed 110 negatives were returned in strips. These are very easy to scan although the manual handling is time consuming. The  stips are  placed in a film holder and fed into a scanner. We use Nikon d5000’s. Each scan is previewed and then scanned. Each scan is edited and colour adjusted afterwards in photoshop. When the negatives are supplied in 35mm film holders the process is much quicker as the scanning can be semi automated.


A  comparison of the 35mm -135, 16mm – 110 and disc film formats

from wikipedia





The smaller film was noticably grainy when used as ASA 400 but on slower film the grain was less obvious. There were some well designed and equipped camers produced for the format but it was never going to compete with 35mm. Fuji stopped producing the 110 film in 2009 but apparently there are still other makers providing the cartridges. See  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/110_film for an in depth history and review of the film format.