4x5 HIE? Oh no......

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  1. sly

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    I was following up on a lead for a few extra 4x5 film holders. The man says he'll throw in some old film for free... it could be fun to play around with. It includes a box of 4x5 HIE. "Has it been refrigerated?" I ask breathlessly. "It was until about a year ago."

    I could weep......
     
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    my last roll of HIE was a disappointment. I can't remember where I got it. I know it came in the mail from a far away land. Sadly, there was substantial fogging, and there was nothing printable on the roll. :sad: With sheet film, though you might be able to do some tests and adapt your development accordingly. I have some 4x5 HP4 of unknown vintage which is unusable under normal development but just might be printable with some reducing.
     
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    He said it was free. Why not accept his offer and give it a try?
     
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    I will take the film but expect to bin it after a couple of tests. My previous experience with HIE tells me that a year out of the fridge is very bad for it, even it it wasn't 20 years out of date.
     
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    Lilian-

    if you are interested in some HIE 4x5, I have 4 boxes of unopened, always refrigerated from the very last emulsion lot of HIE in 4x5 I'd be willing to sell.
     
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    It's like Scott asking mouse Lillian if she likes cheeze...

    (actually in most of my cottage mouse trapping experience mice do seem to prefer peanut butter)

    I too have a hoarded supply of HIE in the freezer. I can't decide if I should be shooting it. It is a paradox. I should be using it but when I use it up it will all be gone...

    The last time I shot with it was a year ago after a member of a camera club gave a photoshop wokshop session of how to post process a conventional digital captured image into what he purported to be an infrared look.

    At the next meeting I exhibitted a real b&w infrared taken under a under wratten 87 filter print and a panchomatic exposed print study of a downtown park walkway. The IR showed where the old grass beside the walkway had been overseeded with freshly growing shoots of grass. Cast iron lamp post and a wrought iron fence buried behind a willow tree in the pan print leapt out of the IR print. I got good reviews for my efforts, and talked about how my old Nikon Coolpix 950 alos can achive an almost comaprable effort with a wratten 87.
     
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    Scott, I've kind of overspent my budget for film this year. I'm mostly upset that the film was kept cold for many years, then brought out and left to sit a year ago, long after he'd sold his Wista. Such a waste of a unique, irreplacable film.
    If you PM me with what you'd like for the film, I'll consider it for next years budget.
     
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    The horror... I can only imagine what you would have done with it, had it been OK. Some beautiful things, I would think.

    Still, you might as well give it a try, despite it being unrefrigerated for 'bout a year.
     
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    just out of curiosity - 2005 exp HIE in 35mm, always refrigerated. is this still good?
     
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    I have three boxes (4x5) that were from the last run and were frozen. The last box I tried had a very high b&f. :sad: I truly loved that film!
    I use efke ir820 now.
    Michael