Should put expired film in fridge now?

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  1. ezwriter

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    Nice guy gave me a ton of expired slide, B&W, color film. It had been in his closet.
    I will probably use the Plus X and Tmax ,some Fujicolor later. Would it do any good to put in the fridge now? (don't have a lot of room there)
    Or once its been in closet for months theres no sense? (The films expired 2005,2003,2009)

    2-What effect does using expired Tmax, TriX, color neg film have? thanks!
     
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    Yes. Some of that film is pretty old, and you may not get the best results from it. But low temperatures greatly slows any deterioration, and it at least will not get any worse. I've used refrigerated film that expired in 1983 and got refrigerated around 2002 with still acceptable results.
     
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    1. Sure why not, it will slow down the deterioration of it, and help it from getting any worse.

    2. Shoot some, try it out. Depending on storage you can have fog at differing levels, and with the color films color shifts. If nothing comes out, or you dont like the outcome of the stuff, give it away, and remove from fridge.
     
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    You don't have to give them away if you don't want to. Simply sell them at $2 a roll and many people will want them. (You should disclose the condition honestly of course.)
     
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    Yes you could, but I personally wouldn't sell a gift. That previous person could have for monetary gain, but he thought to gift it instead of selling it.
     
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    I was just trying to point out that there's some value in expired film and he doesn't have to give them away like unwanted trash. How the OP wants to deal with them is his business.
     
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    The ages you specify wouldn't scare me any.

    First I'd prioritize putting faster films and slide films in the fridge first.

    Second I'd do some testing. Nothing fancy, just bracket each shot on the first roll of each age/type combo.

    Expired film will tend to fog a bit so a bit of extra exposure to place your subject matter above the fog, a safety factor if you will, is prudent on untested negatives.

    Extra exposure is not really an option on slide film unless you cross-process in C-41 or B&W processes, turning them into negatives. Hence my suggestion about getting them in the fridge.

    If the color negative film won't provide a normal color result, processing as a B&W negative and printing on color paper may be an option.

    Sometimes the effects of age on film can add feeling to shots it's used for, like nostalgia or surrealism. Sometimes normal is over-rated. :D

    The key to getting value from older film is flexibility.
     
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    Better late than never, make room in the fridge.
     
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    Thanks for the replies! Gave away all the slide film to a guy turns out is anAPUG member! what goes around comes around eh?
    Us ole filmshooters gotta stick together!
    ez