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What is the oldest 'expired' film you used?

 
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primus96



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:19 pm    Post subject: What is the oldest 'expired' film you used? Reply with quote

In '04 I was using Ansco 282 I rated at 50ASA with an expiry date of 1957, which was 9 years before my birth.
I had five boxes of 25 sheets. There were two different batches. One was OK & the other was only fit for display.
Being used to Ilford HP5, FP4 and Kodak 4125 the Ansco 282 seemed as if it was coated on linoleum.

At this present time the oldest stock I have is a part-used box of Kodak 4125 dated Oct 2001 and some 2013 dated Shanghai.
I dunno about the Shanghai. I always rated it at 50 ASA and souped it in Rodinal.
The new stuff is only around 22 pounds. Does Isaac Chen still have an ebay shop?
I used to buy Shanghai film from him and always had good service.

The only fresh film I have is Fomapan 200. I need to look closely at the reciprocity table before I start to use the stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my example is the opposite of yours, I had very old exposed film that I had shot about twenty years before, and had bouncing around in my desk drawer for some reason. I finally got around to processing it and it was fine, the latent images had not suffered. It had not been subjected to harsh environmental conditions. I also had a friend who similarly had held onto an exposed roll of film, in his case for more like 25 years. His also came out fine. His roll had been subjected to all manner of poor storage conditions over its life. Both examples were 35mm B&W.

I have a refrigerator drawer full of old B&W sheet film, most ten to twenty years past date. I would use it without hesitation, although admittedly if I knew I was going to get to photograph Bigfoot or Nessie I would see to it that I had fresh film for that. It really comes down to the conditions under which the film has been stored. If good conditions are provided it can really last a long time. I don't know about color film and would expect that it would compare poorly.

I see Shanghai sheet film on eBay, so if you search for it you should find it. I have no experience with it, but the seller I found has it in several sizes, including 3X4. As you've used it, what is it like?

John
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:11 am    Post subject: Re: What is the oldest 'expired' film you used? Reply with quote

I haven't used any of it recently, thus why my last box is dated 2013. The opinion on the film is that it is not as badly behaved as the 120 version. Probably largely because it does not have that foul backing paper of the 120 version. In Rodinal it looks like the film de-rates to 50 ASA. It gives a better result at that speed in the shadows anyway.
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