35mm negatives are a common film format used in photography. We scan many thousands of these negatives every year at EverPresent, and 35mm is the most common film format that we see. Here are some fun facts we thought you should know about this format:
- The technical name for 35mm negatives is 135 film.
- 35mm film (as opposed to 135 film) more accurately refers to a format commonly used in motion pictures.
- We see 35mm negatives coming from both amateur collections and professional photographers.
- The largest number of 35mm negatives we have scanned for a single project is over 10,000.
- Kodak brought the first 35mm negatives to market in 1934. It was the most popular format by the late 1960s.
- 35mm negatives have a 36mm by 24mm image frame, referred to as “full frame” format.
- Negatives generally are a higher resolution image than the photos we see, so our default scanning resolution is higher than that of a normal photograph, and comparable to that of slides.
- Most rolls of 35mm film are 24 or 36 images long.
- Though it has largely died off with the advent of digital cameras. 35mm film is still widely available today. Many of the major manufacturers still sell it.
- When clients come to us with negatives and photos of the same image, we recommend scanning the photos. They are usually better cared for over time. Also, any barely visible blemishes on a negative will be magnified once it is scanned.
Give us a call at 617-505-1132 or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about your 35mm negatives, or if you think your collection is big enough to break our record.