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03-19-2009, 06:29 AM   #1
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Expired Superia 200

I have a chance to pick up some 24-exposure rolls of Fuji Superia 200 for $1.99 apiece, but I have to buy at least 18 rolls and the expiration dates range from late 2006 to early 2007. However, it's been kept cold.

I have freezer space for this much film but it's going to take me awhile to go through 18 rolls...and it's not 135, it's 110 for my Auto and could last for at least a few years.

I'm pretty sure I'll go for it but I might as well ask first if there are any reasons I should avoid it. I've used slightly outdated Superia 100 in the past with no problems.

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My local drug store often has the fresh stuff on sale for the same price you are paying for expired film.

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I'm with Chris on this. Seems real expensive for expired film. I should say that I have been buying film from the 99 cents store and it is pretty good I think.. I have used expired film and it comes out more grainy. Now this is not a bad thing if you like grain.

Here is a pic with expired 99 cents store film.
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I have used expired film for years with excelent results. Most of it stored col.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pumalite Quote
I have used expired film for years with excelent results.
Your own? Or other people's?
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For streets, it is ok to use expired films
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For streets, it is ok to use expired films
Actually, this is a good point. I would not use it for things that are trully important like my Kids performance last night in the youth quire. For street it matters not.
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I've used expired (by several years, cold stored) Fuji Superia 200 35mm with decent results. It is a bit more grainy, but the colors seem to be good. For me though the cost savings was not huge, and if I want to shoot cheep film I just pick up the store branded stuff (not expired) for not much more then a buck a roll. Are the stores still retailing 110 film?

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Seems to be hit-or-miss. It shows up every so often at my local Walgreens drugstore as a store-label product; the last 3 rolls I picked up are Japanese 200 (Fuji?) with an expiration date of 01/2009.

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consumer rated film can be used passed it's expiry date as it hasn't been aged to perfection like pro rated film which usually is used right away and in batches.
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i was reading the Kodak F-30 paper which describes film storage
holding film past expiry will cause it slowly to fog due to cosmic rays, something like that, but it affects faster film more. any kind of refrigeration won't stop this, but the refrigeration stops the decays of the dyes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
i was reading the Kodak F-30 paper which describes film storage
holding film past expiry will cause it slowly to fog due to cosmic rays, something like that, but it affects faster film more. any kind of refrigeration won't stop this, but the refrigeration stops the decays of the dyes.
Storage needed is a Freezer not fridge; consumer rated film isn't aged to maturity hence the longer expiry dates in practice consumer film can be shot a year or two past expiry date but you take your chances with pro rated film.

The bigger problem is printing some 1hour labs won't have the eye/expertise to print slightly over expired film as their channels are setup via manufacturers specs and even those channels are limited...most consumers won't think of going to a pro lab mostly because of costs involved and some don't take consumer walk-ins.

The newer faster emulsions handle past due expiry better than the older versions.
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