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05-06-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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Expired Plus X

I acquired a couple of rolls of Plus-X for a very low price and one of them is still within the expiration date but the other was out of date as of July, 2008. To be honest, I've probably only shot Plus-X once in the last 35 years simply because I usually just picked up Tri-X instead. Now I know that eventually color film starts acting kind of funky when it's expired but what does b&w film do, if anything, when it's out of date. In the past, I never let a roll sit around long enough to find out.

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QuoteOriginally posted by straightshooter Quote
I acquired a couple of rolls of Plus-X for a very low price and one of them is still within the expiration date but the other was out of date as of July, 2008. To be honest, I've probably only shot Plus-X once in the last 35 years simply because I usually just picked up Tri-X instead. Now I know that eventually color film starts acting kind of funky when it's expired but what does b&w film do, if anything, when it's out of date. In the past, I never let a roll sit around long enough to find out.

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They are usually conservative on the expiry dates. Probably wouldn't notice any difference depending on how it was stored. Shoot it on things that really won't matter if they don't come out perfect and have fun. It's only one roll after all.
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Ive shot some ilford film 8 years past the expiration date and it came out a little grainy but fine, not sure about plusx though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by straightshooter Quote
I acquired a couple of rolls of Plus-X for a very low price and one of them is still within the expiration date but the other was out of date as of July, 2008. To be honest, I've probably only shot Plus-X once in the last 35 years simply because I usually just picked up Tri-X instead. Now I know that eventually color film starts acting kind of funky when it's expired but what does b&w film do, if anything, when it's out of date. In the past, I never let a roll sit around long enough to find out.

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I've shot b/w film that was seriously out of date with little problem. If the film wasn't abused it should be OK. If it's anything like b/w photo paper, it will loose a little contrast as it gets older, but with paper it was caused more by age fogging than anything else.

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I just used some Plus-X (old emulsion) that expired in early 2004. The negatives look good in terms of range and fog. I used Rodinal 1:50.
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BW's a lot more stable than colour film. Unless it was stored next to the core of a nuclear reactor, it should be fine.
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BW's a lot more stable than colour film. Unless it was stored next to the core of a nuclear reactor, it should be fine.
Good, I just got about 12 rolls of X out of cold storage. My boss gave it to me. There is also a brick of Fujichrome 64T and 100 slide film but I'm guessing it is crap since it expired in 2001.
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I love shooting expired film and the results that agnostic gets with it is unreal!

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Good, I just got about 12 rolls of X out of cold storage. My boss gave it to me. There is also a brick of Fujichrome 64T and 100 slide film but I'm guessing it is crap since it expired in 2001.
If it has been in the fridge, I bet it is still pretty good. Just shoot it a full stop over.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
Good, I just got about 12 rolls of X out of cold storage. My boss gave it to me. There is also a brick of Fujichrome 64T and 100 slide film but I'm guessing it is crap since it expired in 2001.
Quick, put it back in the freezer to slow the deteration. I just pulled out a roll today. Of course the way I shoot, it's just going to get messed up anyway.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
If it has been in the fridge, I bet it is still pretty good. Just shoot it a full stop over.
Hey I did'nt know about the one stop over. Thanks.

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If the expiry date was more than 3 years over I'd compensate +1
But is just a few months, plus you are in Alaska so it was maybe kept-in-the-cold

Just shoot and develop as 120 and enjoy yourself.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
Good, I just got about 12 rolls of X out of cold storage. My boss gave it to me. There is also a brick of Fujichrome 64T and 100 slide film but I'm guessing it is crap since it expired in 2001.
Eh, take it all! What've you got to lose?

As graphics said, they're very, very conservative about expiry dates. Keeps you buying more film, and stops people complaining. Stops major photo agencies suing, too, I'd imagine.

You'll probably have to filter the crap outta the T to shoot it in daylight, which'd bring its speed down even more.
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