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10-06-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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120 film question

How expired is too expired to use? should I bother putting in film that expired in 2004?

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It will be fine - if color, there may be a small amount of color drift. But many of us use even older film on a regular basis. Best possible results? probably not, but not too far off.
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A) How important is the shot?

B) Is a new roll of film more expensive than a re-shoot?

A snip-test will show how to develop the rest of the roll, but will likely cost more than a new roll of film.

I'd just shoot it, though.
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I've seen people develop film that expired 10+ years ago.

If it's been frozen or refrigerated, you're made in the shade.

If it's been on the shelf, you'll probably see some color shift like Nesster said.

Is this color or B&W film?

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Re: 120 film question

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How expired is too expired to use? should I bother putting in film that expired in 2004?
The slower the film, the longer it keeps, especially in the freezer or refrigerator. I've used 25-year old ISO 25 film (Kodak Tech Pan) that had been frozen and it was fine. I would only worry if A) this is a critical shoot and/or B) the film is ISO 800 or faster.
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Thanks for the input guys! I just bought a 6x7 and he gave me a bag full of b&w film exp. 2004 I doubt they had been kept cold.
I don't know where to send it for developing I took one test roll to sams club photo center and the negatives barely came out, I need a good developer in upstate NY
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A new camera and your first roll was under exposed or under developed? I guess you would want to make sure it wasn't an under exposure situation before ruling out the development. So, you have a new battery and/or the battery check is good? Try exposing a few shots with the Sunny 16 rule if the day is nice but this time of year and your latitude maybe open it up a stop from the rule.
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I use all of my film, expired or not. The reds usually go first, which throws off white balance, usually leading to a bluish or greenish hue. Contrast and dynamic range are also reduced, which can affect B&W film as well. If you develop and scan, most of these problems can be corrected, except, perhaps, the dynamic range. Shooting with expired film is a bit like moving onto a higher ISO film, without the benefit of the higher speed. There is some advantage gained from adding a little exposure compensation.

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while on this topic, do slide films and negative films react to "aging" the same?

I'm thinking we're talking negative films here?
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From my experience (which isn't much), I see more color drift in slide and more noise in negative.

I shot some 5 yo expired Delta 3200 which didn't come out too poorly but with high noise film it does get worse much, much faster.

The most expired film I shot was 64 ektachrome from like 79 that was really blue but it did work. Xprocessed one roll of it and it was shot, though.
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The 'off' look - color shift or extra grain from expired film can be a real blessing. Some of my fav analog shots have been on expired film - here's just one: One of the Places I Grew Up | Pentax 645 (645n) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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