Expired Ektachrome ?

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  1. JMC1969

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    I stopped by a Estate sale today and picked up a couple of things. One being an unopened box of 50 Ektachrome 100 Plus 4x5. It expired 11 1/2 years ago and I have no idea if it was kept in a refrigerator or not. Let's guess at not.

    So what can I expect to see upon developing this stuff. Overall red tone? something like that? I can't imagine it is going to be right on, but I'm going to shoot it anyway.

    Thanks

    Jody
     
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    YEP. It won't be ideal, thats for sure. I have noticed color shift in 10 months of room-temperature storage. Not enough to be unusable, but enough to not match fresher film.
     
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    I'm not terribly excited by expired colour slide. Last time I picked some, it had quite a marked color shift. With expired neg film, you can at least correct the colour at the printing stage.
     
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    Color film expired 12 years of that speed even if refrigerated can can change considerably.

    I'ts probably good for xprocess. 12 years probably lowered contrast and e100+ gives more natural colors when xprocessed than any other color slide I've shoot.

    If you not into it, the film might be not worth to bother.
     
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    As mhv says, you might be able to correct a color shift on negative film in printing, but with reversal you could waste a lot of time (and costs of processing) testing various camera filters with no guarantee of success.
    Perhaps be worth trying a couple of sheets to see the extent of any problem, but unless you enjoy experimenting for its own sake, it may be best to cut your losses.
    I wouldn't use expired film for anything at all important, unless it had been in my own freezer from new.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I think I will definitely take a few shots and see what I get. If it is very much Off I probably will use it for cross process and see if it becomes "Artsy". I have access to both E6 and C41 at work and really won't cost me very much as I can throw it in when a short run is made.