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    I often leave part-exposed film in a camera from a few weeks up to a month-or-two, if I'm not doing any shooting. No worries at all. The only time I'd deliberately use up a film quickly would be anything specialist, like a very fast film or an IR film.

    Obviously, I keep the camera in normal domestic conditions, not anywhere like a hot car.

    (Not directly relevent, but have just used an old Orwocolor (expiry 1992!) film found in the depths of my freezer....24 (technically) perfect prints, indistinguishable from those from a fresh film exposed at the same time!)

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    Sometimes I leave film for a couple weeks no problem.

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    I got old agfa isolettle in one store in Munich - and film was inside: I develop it in Rodinal 1+100 for one hour - semistand, and results are there. I guess film was in camera for 30 years or something like that - you can judge by clothes
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    Garry Winogrand used tri-x and often waited years before having exposed rolls developed.They were probably stored properly though!

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    Garry Winogrand used tri-x and often waited years before having exposed rolls developed.They were probably stored properly though!
    Dunno about that, there are some videos showing some of that stash he left behind, large trash bags of film rolls stuffed in file cabinets and desk drawers, as I recall. Not exactly what most would consider "proper".
    The image starts degrading very quickly, and the process continues until the film is processed. But on a pratical basis, a few months is generally no problem, when you start measuring the timeframe in years the affects start to be obvious. How bad the affects are depend on the film and the conditions.

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    I've waited months to process film and I haven't seen any real issues with it. It's usually better that way because then you forget what you shot and lose the expectation of how you thought your images should look, right? I've been shooting a lot of slide film and the processing doesn't come cheap so I have to squirrel it away until I'm able to pay for it. They say that slide film should be processed IMMEDIATELY but I think that's mostly for people who have to deliver a product or other people just spouting off what they've heard before.

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    A number of years ago we took my wife's point and shoot that had (I believe) Kodacolor loaded to one of our son's college graduation. After finishing the roll of snapshots we took it for processing to a one hour shop. When we got the prints, much to my surprise we had his high school and college graduation pictures on the same roll. All were fine.

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    Found a roll from 1958 in a box camera my sister got. We developed it and got pictures.

    Look up Vivian Maier. They are still developing her film from 50 years ago. Beautiful stuff. A real treasure.
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    I have developed film on a couple occasions that was more than 30 years post-exposure. Not optimal... but the latent images sure stick around.

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    I found an old roll of Kodachrome 25 in a camera that quit working on a trip to Yosemite in 1980. The camera was in a box in a hot garage for 20+ years before I had it processed. To my surprise the slides came out great. Granted, it is not typical that film that old would be so good with vibrant colors and no side effects. Now if I could only find those slides after 5 moves...

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