A few months ago I dug out a partially used 100 ft roll of Velvia 50 that has been in my freezer for maybe 10 years since I bought it. At the time I cut a 36 frames roll out of it and shot it for testing. Everything was great back then. I have stored the remaining in the freezer ever since.
This time I cut a 24 frame roll to shoot another round of testing. I sent it to Wal-Mart for processing. They sent to to a Fuji lab to do the actual processing. 10 days or so later I picked up the slides and found that the colors on the slides are rather poor. The exposure looks fine but the colors are off and ugly.
There are two possible reasons. One is my film is too old and is no good any more. The other is poor processing. I have never had any processing done by Wal-Mart. I have yet another unopened 100 ft roll of this film. It has been in the freezer for so many years that I now want to get it exposed and processed. I don't know why I kept them for so long. I am willing to buy a Kodak E6 gallon kit to process it using my Jobo ATL 2300 processor. But I would like to make sure that my Velvia 50 is still good. My film is about 12 - 13 years old. It has been in the freezer for 10 years. How good a chance this film is still good? I think the reason I left it in the freezer for so long was because I was occupied by my Pentax 67ii with negatives. I still have quite some 35 mm negatives in my freezer waiting to be exposed.
I know I have to test the Velvia again and send it to another lab to process. But if the film is likely garbage now I would rather simply forget it. Any suggestions? Thanks.