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08-13-2013, 03:15 AM   #1
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Got a bunch of films - Which are good?

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I want to try shooting film the manual way and bought some films. They have expired (Agfa APX exp. 2008) but have been in the freezer all time till now in room temp. Are they still usable?

They are:

Agfa APX 100
Kodak Ektapress Multispeed
Fujifilm Fujicolor Press 400, 800, 1600
Fujifilm Superia 100, 200
Agfachrome RSX II

I have no idea which are good or bad. Anyone I should avoid?

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My experience has been that the expiration date is not necessarily a problem, but it depends largely how the film was stored. I personally never stored film in the freezer and I would therefore be worried about ice crystals and subsequent water marks. I used to store film in the fridge, in an airtight (dry) container, but never below freezing conditions. If the film was in dry air before going into the freezer, it should be fine. Unfortunately, the only way you'll know for sure is to shoot and see!

APX 100 (black & white) was a good film, quite high in grain, but good rendering in shadows.
Ektapress Multispeed was good film too. Good, fine grain film.
I used to shoot a lot of Fujicolour Press, but if this is as old as the Agfa at exp. 2008, I'd be surprised if the results from the 800 and 1600 film is any good. With luck, the 400 should be OK.
Superia is still a current film, so far as I'm aware and a good, all round film.
I've never shot RSX II so can't offer an opinion on that one!
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They should still be good as they were frozen.
I have had some good experiences with the APX100.
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Fuji Press film of various speeds are generally finer grained then others of the same speed except at 800 where Kodak Portra 800 or Fuji NPZ are finer grained. Fuji press film has exceptional latitude, gives good natural colors and easy to work with in mixed light.
Agfa RSX II is an ISO 50 film that provides good natural colors, very good latitude and very fine grain.
If kept frozen, then I would not have any reservations of shooting them except possibly the 1600.

Here is an example of grossly expired film that has been kept in a hot garage in Georgia. It is an ISO 125 film but results indicate it is best to shoot at ISO 64 ~ 32.

Link to larger -> http://www.fototime.com/06C423C68E76028/orig.jpg


This one is grossly expired Fuji Superia 1600 that was also not kept in a freezer. It benefits from shooting at slower speed.

Link to larger -> http://www.fototime.com/104F97076DE3899/orig.jpg

Of course if you are shooting a critical event, it would be wise to test a roll before it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MarkJerling Quote
My experience has been that the expiration date is not necessarily a problem, but it depends largely how the film was stored. I personally never stored film in the freezer and I would therefore be worried about ice crystals and subsequent water marks. I used to store film in the fridge, in an airtight (dry) container, but never below freezing conditions. If the film was in dry air before going into the freezer, it should be fine. Unfortunately, the only way you'll know for sure is to shoot and see!

Never had a problem in hundreds of rolls that was attributable to ice crystals. Keep mine in it's original canister unopened and in a zip lock bag and wait for it to be room temperature before putting it in my camera.
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APX 100 was my bread-n-butter film for years, is an excellent film. Classical tones and very nice renditions.
Depending on how you are going to develop it you may need to adjust the ISO setting to 80 (Rodinal/D76) or increase it to 125 (Tmax/DDX/Xtol)

The other films were very good in their time, use them and enjoy them.
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Thanks for the replies. I think I will test each of them to see the results (and maybe skip the 1600). I have no idea what developing processo they will use because I will send them in to get developed.

I assume BW is easier to digitalize than colored.

Analog photography so expensive but I really want to experience it.

Experience/fun/interest is more important than money though.
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B&W processing for Agfa APX 100.
E6 (slide, chrome) processing for Agfachrome RSX II
Most common C41 (negatives) processing for these - Kodak Ektapress Multispeed, Fujifilm Fujicolor Press 400, 800, 1600, Fujifilm Superia 100, 200. Never tried the Kodak Multispeed but looks interesting.

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Do not skip any of them!
use them all and enjoy whatever results you get!
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All film is good... =)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Louicio Quote
All film is good... =)
Yep +1, try them all.

No film is bad, some are just better than others.

Phil.
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Ok. Ill test one of each. not all of them. I've got more than 30 of them!

I dont know why i bought so much but it was cheap. 20 USD for all.
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More than 30 of each or total? Either way that is heaps! Go nuts!!!
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30 of each would be massive!
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If you buy a home deelopment kit and chemicals youu will be set for APX and any other black and white film
Yu can probably get the equipment for almost nothing
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