I was recently gifted 88 rolls of 135.

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  1. powasky

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    A family friend just gave me his stash of film, as he's switched to digital. All of it is expired, but has been in freezer storage for its whole life.

    I have read that I should try cross-processing the expired slide film. Is this a waste?

    Are there any general tips for shooting expired film? I would assume that it is now probably slower than its box rating, is this something I should try to compensate for?

    Here's a hastily constructed spreadsheet of what I've got. I was typing as I went through the box, so it isn't well organized.

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    WOW! What a haul.
     
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    It's sure a shame that most of it is Kodak Max...I'll save it for my Canon MC :D
     
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    It is if you don't like the cross processed look.

    I would try some out normally. It's probably fine.


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    I have a stash of Kodak royal gold (ISO1000) of the same vintage of which you have one roll. I have been exposing at 400 and have been happy with results. I have processed both C41 and in Caffenol. Be ready for grain...
     
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    For the stuff in the 90s give about one stop more (especially the color Max). The other stuff is probably just as old. Try that and if overexposed, adjust accordingly. I say this ONLY because of the favorable storage in cold.

    Note: the slide film can be processed as C-41 yielding an actual, normal negative with orange mask. I have done this many times. - David Lyga
     
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    Are you treating it as 400 when you develop?

    David-

    Thanks for the exposure tips. If I'm cross-processing Velvia 50, do I treat it just like I would any 50ISO color neg film?
     
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    For the stuff which expired in 04 I'd just try shooting and developing a roll as normal.

    I had a roll of generic colour negative film of similar vintage which I finally got around to using last year, aside from the colours being a bit muted (which might have been a characteristic of the film and not age-related) it was absolutely fine. It hadn't been stored particularly carefully other than keeping it out of direct sunlight or extremes of temperature.

    Personally I wouldn't cross-process slide film, it's getting hard to find. Just get it developed normally and either scan it or buy a projector, you can find good quality ones for not a lot of money now.
     
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    I've found frozen film to shoot perfectly normally despite expiry, maybe slight speed loss but still shootable at box speed
     
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    As you probably know, there is no longer any practical way to process the Kodachrome and obtain colour slides.

    You can use it for black and white, but it probably isn't worth it.

    Other than that, congratulations.
     
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    I did not know that the Kodachrome couldn't be processed. Well, if anyone wants it to experiment with or whatever, shoot me a PM and I'll send it off to you. I don't develop at home yet so I can't play around with it myself.
     
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    Yesterday I did quick and dirty test of Agfachrome 100RS expired in 1991 and ever since kept in deep freezer. After processing it come almost perfect. Yes, Dmax is slightly lower, but not much, colour balance is almost bang on. Are these miracle results for colour slide film that expired 21 years ago?
    Now I'm sorry that I didn't include Kodak grey scale and colour chart in the few frames. It was exposed at box speed. Scans are just resized and sharpened.

    Agfa 100RS #10.jpg
     
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    geez, nice gift!

    relax and enjoy!
     
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    Is that 4x5?


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    Stone, it's 120 film in Hasselblad
     
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    Gotcha, ok that makes sense :smile:


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