Developing exposed and expired color film (C41) ?

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by jarrodx, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. jarrodx

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    Is it worth developing some old exposed color film I found in my house ?
    Its approximately 10-14 years old.
    1x Kodak Gold 100
    2x Kodak CN400
     
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    Absolutely. The images will be a little degraded, but surely it's worth the $15 or $20 in lab fees to know what's on there?
     
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    What about changes in the process itself for better results ?
    Using C41 with separate bleach and fixer like flexicolor...

    In minutes.
    Pre-wet 1
    Developer 3.25
    Bleach 6.5
    Wash 3.25
    Fixer 6.5
    Wash 3.25
    Stabilizer 1.5
    Dry 20

    Developer must be in 100F, but others can be varied between 75-110.
    Should times be adjusted ?
    Should a rinse be made between developer and bleach....and if so....water or a stop bath?
    Should stronger chemicals be used like ones from c6 ?
     
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    C41 should have separate bleach & fix; combining them is a generally bad idea and any commercial lab will be doing them separately. However, the age of the film doesn't have any bearing on the effectiveness of bleach & fix.

    If doing the film yourself, you could maybe extend the developer time slightly to make up for a possible loss of latent image, say to 3:45 or maybe 4:00. They should still scan OK but might be more difficult to make analogue prints if you do that.

    I wouldn't bother adjusting the process at all. Just develop them as recommended.

    Rinsing after developer is fine and will extend your bleach life a little, but doesn't really matter. Water makes a fine stop-bath. Don't use E6 chemistry, it's not the right stuff. Wrong dye couplers, etc, and you don't want reversal, etc.