1980 Tri-x??? Is it worth a try?

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  1. mattk

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    Ok, I succumbed to a craigslist impulse (lots of expired 4x5 film but you have to take the color paper). Well boxes of color paper came out first and were loaded into the minivan--then the film. Well, one persons expired is another persons........It turns out the newest film is some 1991 Kodachrome 64. The oldest is some 1978 Kodak Graphic Arts film. I did find an unopened box of Tri-X pan from 1980. Is it worth opening and loading up? I use HC-110--suggestions?

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    Sure! It should be fine with a bit higher base+fog, depending on how it was stored.

    I'd start at normal rates for fresh film or you'll be second guessing yourself all over the place...
     
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    It's worth an attempt since you're processing for pennies yourself. Would I spend on commercial processing for the stuff? Probably not. Don't be disappointed if it doesn't work out that well is the best advice.
     
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    Take one sheet, no exposure, develop & fix. See how clear the base is.
     
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    I've used Kodak Tri-X and Plus-X Pack film that had expired in '78 and '81. The half-used pack that was still in a Graflex pack-film holder had a bit of fog on a few sheets. However the unopened pack films were excellent. I guess it depends on how it's been stored.
     
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    I had a whole bunch of tri-X dated 1978. Just finished the last roll a couple of years ago. It was NOT stored in a fridge.It was all good. HC-110 is recommended. I could probably dig up my development times if you need 'em.

    Go for it!
     
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    Is that K64 in 4x5?
     
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    A little while ago I had processed a roll of Tri-X that was exposed in 1979, stored in a dresser drawer, and it came out okay. So it's definitely worth giving it a try. I just got a box of similar-vintage Super-XX in 4x5, and haven't given it a try yet. Here's to hoping it's still good.
     
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    I'm shooting some 8x10 Ektapan that I couldn't find a date for on the box. Though it didn't work so well with Pyrocat-P it is ok with D-76 so far.
     
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    Well, I tried 6 sheets and they looked plenty useable before drying. I will try to post some scans later tomorrow. I used 6 minutes at Dil. B(68 degrees) on the Jobo. If this works I have about 200 sheets of film and some K64 bulk to try.

    Matt
     
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    That's pretty cool, I ran across a 100 sheet box of Plus-X this weekend in my storage box while looking for an accessory for a camera. I was temped to through it out but after seeing this I'll give it a try to see if it's any good. It is dated 1982, I just forgot I had bought it years ago.

    Curt