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07-13-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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expired film

i was wondering does anyone know how long after film expires can you use it .

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It depends on several factors,
Generally BW film has 3-4 years of "afterlife" with the exception of super fast film which loses speed quickly.
Coor film can have 2-3 years

Now, this all depends on how the film has been stored, if it was frozen could be longer
if it was on hot/damp places could be shorter
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As titrisol said. It all depends on how it's been stored. I regularly use expired film (both slides and B&W) but I make sure it's been, and continues to be, stored in a freezer. Haven't had any problems with colour shift etc. yet. In the cameras right now I have Tmax expired 2003 and Velvia expired 2007 and I'm getting good results.
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I just discovered a roll of Fujicolor 400 120 film with an expirition date of January 2008 meandering about among a few batteries I have in a waterproof envelope inside my refrigerator (not the freezer). Should I take a chance & use it?

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Fuji print film in a fridge (Temp 40F - 5C)?
only 1 year after expiry should not be a problem, but when in doubt do not shoot your life's worth with it
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I just tested my new toy - a folding camera Agfa Isolette using a Reala film that expired in 2003, but stored in fridge. It came out excellent.

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I plan to document my upcoming trip to Boston entirely with expired Kodachrome 64 film.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I plan to document my upcoming trip to Boston entirely with expired Kodachrome 64 film.

Chris

Are you the one jacking up expired Kodachrome prices on fleabay?

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I recently shot a roll of Panatomic-X (120) that expired in 1964. It came with an old Zeiss Ikon Ikonta folder that I acquired. Exposed it @ 2 stops over - contrast was a bit low, but otherwise fine.

I also shot a roll of K64 that expired in 1984 - slight cyan color shift, but easily corrected during scanning or projection.

Then there was a roll of 35mm FujiColor 400 that was only a year or two out of date - the can had rolled under my bookshelf and I found it when cleaning - severe green shift that made people look like Martians.. :-)

It all depends on how well the film has been stored. I wouldn't trust expired film for shooting a once-in-a-lifetime event, though, even if it was stored well...
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I plan to document my upcoming trip to Boston entirely with expired Kodachrome 64 film.

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I did that back in the early '90s - got some nice shots from the graveyard across from the Old North Church, then ran out of film before I made it through Fanueil Hall. Plan on taking LOTS of film... :-)
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Chris, What a great idea!....

As for expired film, 1/2 the film I shoot is expired. Bumping the ex poser about 1 stop takes care of it for me.
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If the weather doesn't cooperate Plan B will be to use a weatherproof P&S
loaded with Kodak Ultramax, thanks to Javier's photos and positive review.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
If the weather doesn't cooperate Plan B will be to use a weatherproof P&S
loaded with Kodak Ultramax, thanks to Javier's photos and positive review.

Chris
I'm thinking about one of those new W zooms for the K200d in those situations.
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