Brown negatives on outdated C-41 film, do I need to re-blix?

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  1. adelorenzo

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    I just processed C-41 for the first time using a Tetenal kit in a Jobo CPE. I had two rolls of 120 Porta 160 in there that look pretty good with a normal orange base.

    I also had a 10-year old roll of 35mm Fuji 1600 in there that was almost certainly not stored well before it was given to me. That roll came out with a really brown base although I can see images there. The Tetenal instructions suggest that it needs to be re-blixed but I wonder if this could just be something to do with the age and ISO of the film? The other rolls came out fine so obviously I did something right.

    The film is still drying right now so I'm not able to evaluate how it scans.
     
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    My advice is to wait and confirm that the fresh rolls are fine. The other one is a bit of an outrider especially considering this is your first ever C41 developing session.
     
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    Yes, old C41 film does tend to have a darker brown base. Blixing longer doesn't help; what you're looking at is basically fog; I'm surprised you got anything usable from 10 year old ISO-1600. I've got some 2002 400VC and it looks really bad but you can scan a decent image from it.

    Since you also processed some fresh rolls and they came out looking normal, your process is likely fine.
     
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    That's kind of what I was thinking. A roll of 1600 film that had been sitting in the bottom of a camera bag for many years would be fogged or something. It does have images on it but I don't have enough experience with colour neg to be able to really evaluate them.

    I'll scan the film and see what I get and maybe post a few here.