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10-05-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Expired Film

I just came across 3 rolls of 400 ISO Fuji Superia X-Tra film. It has an expiry of Dec. 2007. Would it be worth me getting a battery for my PZ-10 and shooting off the rolls and getting them developed, or because it's old, is it a waist of time & money?

10-05-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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It's probably fine. I usually don't get concerned until it's 3 or 4 years expired. Just developed a roll of 3 year expired Sensia 400; there's probably a bit of a color shift but I can't see it.
10-05-2009, 07:54 PM   #3
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I've developed film over 10 years past the expiry date, and not stored properly.
They ended up being some of the more interesting photographs I had developed in a long time.

I can't speak for other labs, however if someones film doesn't turn out we don't charge them.
When it's questionable, it's when the customer asks us to try a test print anyways that we charge
10-05-2009, 08:01 PM   #4
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I just bought 50 rolls of film, from what I can none of it was frozen, including some Kodakchrome (200 speed) that expired in the late 80s. I shot it, and it came out fine, only a little faded. Same with some Kodak Press Film (800 ISO, expired 5 years ago).

For really "important" shots buy fresh film. But for everyday "just in case" film expired film can't be beat!

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I just found half a dozen rolls of Sensia 100 and 200 in my Dad's old camera drawer, expired in 2003. I get the first roll back tomorrow so we shall see
10-06-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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I just finished a roll of Tesco brand film 2 years out of date and stored near a radiator for the last 2 years.
It'll be interesting to see the results
10-06-2009, 10:17 AM   #7
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My dad found a roll of Kodak B&W my grandmother put in her dresser drawer in about 1972. She had placed the "exposed" tape on it so a few years ago I had a local guru process it and print it. It turned out the roll included a couple of nice shots of my brother and I when we were kids. Film can be pretty resilient stuff. I still have a bulk roll of Plus-X in the refrigerator that expired in 1992 and I plan to shoot it.

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