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Thread: Expired Film

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    Kodak says that the film that Mallory and Irvine had on Everest in 1924 might still have printable images on it; that's if the camera were to be found. If 1924 film might still have images, then the '70's should be lookin' *DYNOMITE*!

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    Jim, given that film has probably seldom if ever been above freezing in the intervening 80 years, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the images were still recoverable. In fact, the only special precaution I'd take is to clip a few frames from the beginning of the roll to test before committing the rest, and to use a low-fog developer with a high tolerance like my usual high dilution HC-110 (yeah, I know, even D-76 wasn't around yet in 1924, but HC-110 will work on any silver halide material, except possibly collodion wet plates). I'd also be very tempted to develop by inspection under a red safelight, since their film was most likely orthochromatic...

    I've developed a couple rolls of my own film, recently, that were shot around 1980, and a roll of Kodacolor II from the same time frame, with generally good results.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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