Spectral color

SantaColor 100 is a “new” 35mm color film

For photographers scrambling to get their hands on what appears to be a dwindling supply of color film, here’s some good news: Santa 1000, the brand behind Santa Rae 1000 (a now discontinued but very funky high-speed 35mm B&W film), is back with a crowdfunding campaign to bring another new movie to the masses, this time in color. If all goes according to plan, the SantaColor 100 will ship to analog enthusiasts by the end of the year.

Those interested in supporting the campaign can pick up five rolls for $63.

What is Santa Color 100?

Reused from AeroColor 125 aerial surveillance film, Santa ClausColor 100 is C-41, ISO 100 color negative film with a slightly orange base. The team behind SantaColor 100 promises fine grain and accurate color with a special sensitivity to reds. Sample images show punchy, pleasing tones, even when the film is pushed up to ISO 800. The results at this end of the spectrum are a little more contrasting, but overall not extremely intense.

An example of an image taken with the new ISO 100 color film. The red tones are particularly punchy and pleasing. Santa Claus 1000

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If the campaign is successful, it will be the first time that AeroColor 125 will be widely available in 35mm format. There are several reasons for this, one of which is that the film is too thin for the winding machine, so each roll of SantaColor 100 must be individually wound by hand (this is time consuming and expensive). Luckily, the folks at Santa 1000 are up for this challenge. And while they warn that light leaks are possible, this isn’t their first rodeo (Santa Rae 1000 was also hand-rolled). Most importantly, they will happily replace any light-damaged film that ships.

How to buy SantaColor 100

Example of shooting with the new SantaColor 100 film
SantaColor 100 is made in the USA and hand rolled in Finland. Santa Claus 1000

The Indiegogo campaign runs until July 8, as the team scrambles to raise enough funds to purchase the minimum order, which is 15,000 rolls. Pledges range from $63 for five reels to $4,213 for 500 reels. Supporting the project will save you approximately 40% off the retail price, and if the project is successfully funded, orders will begin shipping in December 2022.