Reclaiming outdated film: good news.

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by df cardwell, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. df cardwell

    df cardwell Subscriber

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    A few years ago, I took possession of a LOT of out of date 8x10 film: mainly Royal Pan, and some Plus X. I'll leave out the long-but-interesting story of how this came to be, but the film lived out it's offical life in a film cooler, and then became mine.

    And it went straight to my freezer. Life being what it is, I haven't had a chance to get at it for... a long time. I set out the oldest box last night, and today made an exposure to a calibrated step wedge and dropped it into the HC110 tank, my developer of convenience.

    No fog, and a reasonable EI of 200 for Royal Pan. Amazing.

    I expect the film won't like being out of the cold for long... but that is just a feeling.

    I'll try a couple different developers tomorrow.

    Moral: out date film can be bad or good, give it a try.

    NB The bump at Zone IV is a an accurate representation of the step wedge, a bit lower than ideal.
     
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    Ole Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Great!

    There's hope, then, for my one dozen Perutz Peromnia 13x18cm glass plates :smile:
     
  3. Mark Layne

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    Worst I've encountered with well stored old film is a little fog.
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    Yes Sir !

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  5. Phillip P. Dimor

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    I've used kodak pack film that had expired in '72 with excellent results..
    Unfortunately a full 250sht. box of 11x14 Kodabrome didn't fare as well (I think it was stored in fluctuating temperatures... hot and cold, for about 12 years..)

    Glad it worked for you!