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How to get film:

The problem, to use 16mm cameras, is to find film; you can of course find on the internet (eBay) reels of cine film, and sometimes cartridges of film (expired) for these cameras. Beware of cinema films (color), unlike photographic film, they wear on base side a protective coating (black ink) requiring a special processing (washing before the first bath). This makes them incompatible with the standard processing (if you give a piece of cine negative film to your usual photographer, plan to have to leave the city quickly; the protective ink will stain the films of the other customers ...).
For cameras requiring no perforations, the simplest is to cut a strip of 16mm in the middle of a 135 film (or 4 bands in a 120 film):

I got on the Internet ( this little gadget ("film slitter").
Use: put the beginning of the 135 film in the device, close it, pull gently until the end of the cartridge, and keep the 16mm wide film strip from the middle, to use it to load the cartridge (the whole in complete darkness!), the user's manuals of Minolta 16 and Kiev Vega say that the negative band is 45cm (18 inches) long.
Another model exists for cutting strips out of 120 film.

Processing the films:

Négatifs 16mmIf you use movie film, I'm afraid the only solution is to see if the addresses (USA) given by are still valid. The black and white can be processed in a developing tank (Paterson), you just have to tinker a reel for 16mm (I did it formerly for testing my Stylophot).
For (photographic) color negative, I have the advantage with my job to easy access to "minilab" processing machines, I developed my films myself. Unload your cartridge in a light tight box , and specify that it can be processed like 110 film.
Printing: with an enlarger for black and white (and color if you're well equipped!) the alternative is to scan the film (it works well with an high end Epson) and have it printed by a digital lab (or use your own printer).

PhotoChristophe building his garage, September 2009.
Minolta 16, Konica Impresa 50 (Expired), Epson Perfection 4990 Photo, color retouch with Paint Shop Pro 7.
The picture seems to come directly from the 60s!

Soviet developing tank, bought on eBay ( 8,50$ + 5$ sending fees) delivered on November 4 th, 2009.

Cuve de développement filmsThis tank (bakelite) for 135 film is compatible with the adapters sold with the Kiev Vega, 30, 303. The top cover is simply laid, hold it when you empty the bath!
After some testing (in daylight!) I've determined that the loading of the reel is done by blocking the film at the center, then rotating (as with steel reels). There is a groove only on the lower part, the upper part is smooth.

SpiresThe top part for 135 is taken off and replaced by the one for 16mm delivered with the kiev 30.

Spire 16mmWith the smallest adapter delivered with the Kiev 303, it's easier to move the fingers to properly place the film.

16mm film holder for Minolta Quickscan 35 Scanner. Bought on eBay november 2nd 2010. 40$ +15$ shipping.

Minolta 16mm film holderI have since discovered this adapter for my Quickscan 35 on eBay. And Vuescan software allows me to obtain excellent scans.