Old Ilford ID-11

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  1. GloriB

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    Been reading the forum for quite a while but this is my first post. I found around 10 boxes of unopened Ilford ID-11 in my garage that I've had for about 10 years or so. I used to own a camera repair shop and this was left over stock when I closed up the shop. It's been in the garage the whole time but the garage isn't heated and temperature extremes can be anywhere between 30 and 90 degrees F. Would you mix it up and use it? Thanks for any input.
     
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    I would not use it. Not worth it when you consider how precious negatives are. Though you could mix a batch and try it out on some test film.
     
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    Does it show any odd color? If not, it's most likely fine. Ten packs of developer, assuming it works, can last you a long time, so if it looks ok it might well be worth a test roll.
     
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    Send them all to me, I'll test them.
     
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    Toast.
     
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    Rye or whole wheat?
     
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    Are the packs of powder caked? Is the dev yellow/orange once prepared?
     
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    The packs aren't caked at all. Haven't mixed any to see the color. Thanks.
     
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    If there is no trace of damp on the outer box you are ok I've used ID-11 from way back.

    The more modern packs have plastic inner bags.

    Ilford have a web page with current film times on it or use D76 times.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. Think I'll shoot a roll of 24 and see what happens.
     
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    I would absolutely recommend a test.....

    Simon ILFORD photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
     
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    There is no need to use a whole roll for the test - just a few inches would do the job. Make your test exposures then open the camera without rewinding (in the dark of course) and snip off the film from the take-up spool.
     
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    This is the sort of thing I keep a bulk roll of 35mm for, testing cameras and chems. I also hate shooting more than a dozen frames at any one time, and I don't like having a roll of film in my camera for extended periods of time.
     
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    My thoughts exactly! Too bad you can't get rolls of 12 exposures like you could years ago :smile:
     
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    I would use it.In fact, I have used 20-year old D76 with success.Try it once and see.If you don't want it,I'll take it off your hands an pay for the shipping.
     
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    You can load your own or just stop and take the film out of the camera, in the dark, without rewinding, and cut it. Then load onto a reel and put in a tank, all in the dark. Then cut a new leader on the film left in the can unexposed.